Time Management: Balancing Your Internship with School

Some people shy away from interning until they have more free time in the summer, but we believe it’s best to get as much experience as possible – no matter when you have to work! We decided to share some time management tips so you can conquer it all.

 

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Alter your internship schedule.

Although internships bring you into a professional work environment, don’t feel like you need to dedicate your 9 – 5 day to the job. Go ahead and discuss your schedule with the folks at your internship. They want you to succeed in school, so they will understand if there are certain days where you just can’t come in to the office.

Additionally, some internships are flexible and allow interns to work digitally, which means you can work from home and on your own time. See if this is an option for you!

 

Develop a routine.

If you have a ton of responsibilities but you don’t have a set routine, it’s easy to start feeling flustered. Developing a routine gives you the organization you need so that you won’t feel like you have too many things to find time for. Try using a planner or a calendar app so you can keep track of everything in an organized way!

 

Leave days for catching up on work.

Sometimes, no matter how proactive we are, we still don’t get everything done within the time frame we were hoping. It’s always good to have an extra “catch up” day in your schedule – just in case.

 

Learn to say “No.”

Learning how to say “no” is actually a good skill to have, because sometimes we just need to focus on ourselves. You know yourself better than anyone else, so make an effort to realize when you have to say “no.”

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Time management IS possible! College may be a busy time, but it’s so crucial that we make time for all of our responsibilities. Let us know what works for you in the comments below or on Twitter.

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