Starting an internship at a company where you don’t know anyone can be hard. But we can give you some networking tips to get adapted.
1. Act friendly. Put a smile on your face and say hello to other employees in your department and building.
2. Ask questions. The best way to start a conversation is to ask the other person about himself/herself.
3. Develop conversations. Now that you’ve established yourself as a friendly, outgoing person who is interested in your co-workers, you’re ready to take the next step—keeping a two-way conversation going. Give your viewpoint. However, don’t get into an argument if your views differ.
4. Network with new friends. By now, you’ve found a few people whose company you enjoy. Continue to develop those friendships and professional relationships because each new friend could lead to another acquaintance. Before you know it, you’ve built a good network.
5. Set networking goals. You started off at your internship in an environment with total strangers. Draw up a list of people you know now and list their departments. Your first responsibility is to your internship assignment and team members. Your teammates may turn out to be your new best friends.