4 Signs Your Fall Internship is a Waste of Time

Don’t let your effort to gain job experience become a useless and forgettable affair.

Don’t let your effort to gain job experience become a useless and forgettable affair
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Solution. Don't hesitate to let your boss know about the quality of work you're producing. Using the STAR format (Situation, Task, Action, Result), track your accomplishments throughout the week in a journal. At the end of the week, Huhman recommends sending an email to your boss detailing your positive contributions. Sending the list gives your boss insight on "exactly what you've been doing and what you're capable of doing. This is a great way to be included on those bigger assignments," she says.

[See: 10 Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Internship.]

Manage your expectations. While you should be optimistic about what you'll gain through the internship, don't hold an overly idealistic view. On some days, you may be designated nothing but pay-your-dues-type tasks. On others, you may have the floor to give a groundbreaking presentation to company higher-ups. Even if the internship doesn't live up to the hype, at least you'll come away knowing what you don't want your future job to be like and with the experience of having worked in a professional setting. "Students need to prepare that these internships are not all glamorous and they are a lot of work," Berger says, adding that internships can still be "a great experience to see what an actual company is like."