My first-ever experience working as an intern has finally come to a close. The past 4 months have been life-altering, and my experience working at G3 Partners has taught me lessons that I would never be able to get from books or exams.

Now that my internship is officially over, I realized this would be a good time to look back on my experience and gather some useful advice for future interns — especially those that have never had intern experience before. Those who, like me 4 months ago, might be looking for simple tips that could help make their transition from student to intern a smoother process.

1. You’ll feel the weight of responsibility

Responsibility given to an intern will be a completely different kind of responsibility from anything you’ve experienced before. As a student, you were only responsible for yourself. Messing up on an exam would only affect your own grades, never anyone else’s. Even if you’ve had experience working in student organizations, it’s nothing compared to what you’ll experience as an intern; you’ll find that every little thing you do can affect not only your entire team, but also the future of your company.

Even tasks as simple as getting a phone call at the office could potentially have a huge impact on the company. The phone call could be from a future client or partner, so being accurate in writing down their contact numbers, or being as engaging and friendly as you can with them over the phone can be critical.

 

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Going on to tasks that were more challenging; a few months ago, I was put to the task of applying our company for the KITA (한국무역협회) export voucher. For those of you who don’t know what that is, it is a program where startups can search for and be provided with services from agencies like us through the support of KITA. The application process was extremely complicated, and I had to read 5 different documents filled with hundreds of requirements, which meant that the tiniest mistake on my side could make the application invalid and potentially lose the company a multi-million dollar deal.

↑ part of the list of required documents for the application

This could make you a little intimidated, but you don’t have to worry, since the whole team is here to help you when you have any questions or in case something goes wrong. Also, I believe getting the practice of handling such important responsibilities by yourself is valuable experience before you go out into the real world and have to handle much bigger ones.

2. You can never be too ready

As an intern, it’s safe to say you can never have too much preparation. Indeed, it goes without saying that being well-prepared is important in everything that we do, but this can especially be important in your intern life.

Also bear in mind that before, as a student, the things that you needed to have ready were always already provided as a list for you. What you need to prepare for a class assignment and what things you need to study for an exam were always clear. However, when you start working at a company, in many cases, no one will be there to tell you everything; you need to be able to come up with the list of things to prepare by yourself.

 

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For example, the first meeting I had with a client of ours didn’t go as smoothly as I’d wished, since I felt I was underprepared. The meeting was with Perseus, a connected car security startup, and I was supposed to do some market research for them. The day before the meeting, I thought I had everything prepared — a fully detailed 16-page-long research paper, and a deck for the presentation. However, as the meeting proceeded, I realized I wasn’t even close to being ready; the CEO from Perseus was asking me extremely detailed questions about a specific part of the presentation that I had only briefly researched.

Ever since then, I started preparing extra hard for these meetings. I would put myself in the CEO’s shoes to try and imagine what areas he would be interested in, and whether more research needed to be done. Because of this, the next meetings went much better than the first.

↑ some of the stuff I prepared before a meeting

So it’s always a good idea to gain the habit of creating your own list of things to prepare for (the list of things that you’re given will most likely not be enough), and to prepare as much as you can in advance before an important event.

3. Always remember why you’re doing it

It’s inevitable for anyone to feel a little bored from the same work routine after a few months. But whenever you feel that way, it’s a good idea to go back and remind yourself why you’re doing it in the first place.

For example, one of my daily tasks was to create content for G3’s social media content calendar, and I’ve been doing it everyday ever since I came here. After a few months, I realized I was going through the routine a bit mechanically, and sometimes trying to finish it in a rush to make time for other things.

 

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So I tried to think about why I was doing it in the first place, and reminded myself that our followers on social media were yearning for something interesting to hear about. Whenever I reminded myself of this, creating content always became more fun and exciting. Also, with such healthy motivation, I was able to create better content that drew more engagement from the readers; although the change wasn’t drastic, my posts started attracting more likes and views than before. 

Me (right) with fellow intern Heejeong (left)

These are only a few of the things that I’ve learned while I was working at G3 Partners. I hope some of these things can help you prepare for future intern life, or bring some insight into what it’s like to work at G3.

I can say without a doubt that G3 Partners is definitely a great place for anyone to take their first steps as an intern, and I would recommend this opportunity to anyone looking for an exciting internship experience.

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