What I Learned From Virtual Internships

FullSizeRender-3In the last year, I’ve had two virtual internships. One of them I’m thankfully still doing on a more permanent basis and the other I had to quit due to the lack of professionalism. I will admit virtual internships can be challenging and time-consuming. It can also be very hard and frustrating. It can also be the most rewarding experience ever. Do I like doing virtual internships? Yes and No. With a virtual internship, there is the prospect of convenience and then there is the thing of not getting what you really want out of it. I’ve only had two virtual internships so I am not an expert but today I wanted to share with you guys some tips I think you guys should use when doing a virtual internship.

  1. During the interview process make sure that you have good service. Most virtual internship interviews are either done over the phone or Skype. I think it’s so important to request that the interviewer is located in a quiet place with good service and you should also do the same. This is to ensure that you hear everything that is expected of you during the interview process and that the interviewer can understand your responses clearly. I’ve had a couple of interviews where I made it my mission to be in a quiet place and I’ve even used my landline but the interviewer wasn’t and the interview didn’t go so well because I couldn’t hear the person.
  2. During the interview process make sure to get a clear description of your job requirements. It’s so important to know what your job requirements will be so you can get an idea of what you’ll be doing beforehand. I had the experience with my first internship where my boss told me that I would be doing so much more and then when I started the internship I spent the first two months updating her email list, sending emails to prospective clients, etc. instead of what she really hired me for. It was frustrating.
  3. Be Honest. If you’re a newbie like me make sure you’re honest and don’t lie on your resume. There is nothing more unprofessional than lying about being able to do something and when the time comes for you to put that skill to use, you have no idea what to do.
  4. Be prepared for the unexpected. With any internship whether it is virtual or in person, no two days are the same. Always expect that your boss might switch things up on you.
  5. Make sure you ask questions. Always ask questions when you are unsure about how something is supposed to be done.
  6. Being organized is very important. Buying and using your planner to help you plan out your week/day helps a lot. It can also help you keep track of your deadlines and also help you stay organized throughout the duration of your internship.
  7. Be professional at all times.
  8. Be on time. If you and your boss have worked out a schedule for when you have to check into your internship make sure that you’re on time. If you notice that your boss is late for the day and hasn’t assigned anything for you to do continue working on your previous task. Everyone loves a self-starter.
  9. Make sure you schedule/request bi-weekly Skype chats. It’s so important to check in from time to time with your boss. Use this time to get to know your boss. Also during these chats you can also ask for feedback on how you’re doing and these can also be training sessions for you to pick your boss’s brain and for him/her to teach you new skills.
  10. Know what you want out of a virtual internship and make sure a virtual internship is right for you.
  11. It’s okay to quit if the virtual internship turned out to be not what you expected or if you feel like your time, skills and talents are being wasted. 
  12. If your boss is unprofessional and unorganized, then the internship will not work out.

 

  • Love this post and how true it is! Last fall, I was a virtual intern to handle the social media for a pretty successful fashion blogger. It turned out to be completely different from what she said it would be so I wasn’t very happy — I ended up quitting before my internship was supposed to end!

  • I have never had a virtual internship before but would love to end up working remote someday.
    These are definitely helpful tips for anyone seeking virtual employment 🙂

    xoxo, Jenny || Breakfast at Lillys

  • These are great tips! I’ve never done a virtual internship, but I feel like these apply to other interviews and jobs. A little professionalism truly goes a long way.

    Thanks for sharing!

    http://apeachysonder.blogspot.com

  • I had to do my internship for Australia from across the globe and I was lucky to have 10 other interns along for the ride!

  • I cannot even imagine doing a virtual internship, let alone 2 of them! Props to you!!

  • Lauren Ashley

    This is great! Congrats on doing 2 of them. These are great tips!

    Lauren

    The Fashionista’s Diary

  • Internships are VITAL to a professional career!! Great post!!

    Nicole // Chronicles of Home

  • Ally Gagliardo

    This is great! I’m currently a Virtual Assistant/freelancer for two individuals through Upwork. It’s definitely pretty challenging but it’s worth it to make my own hours and work whenever I want through my computer on my bed!

  • Miss ALK

    I’ve had various internships in college so far but never a virtual one. It sounds like even though they can have their hardships, you have still gotten some great experiences out of yours though!

    xoxo A
    http://www.southernbelleintraining.com

  • Interesting lessons. I never had a virtual internship but I can definitely see how it could be pretty cool!

  • Ashley

    Wow!! Congrats on two internships girl! That’s huge! These are great tips.

    xo Ashley

  • Internship is necessary to start professional career and these are great tips shared through this post!!

  • I think staying motivated during a virtual internship can be hard! I wish I met up with my supervisor every 1-2 weeks. These are fab tips!

    xo, Alicia | Alicia Tenise

  • Allison Ellzey

    Interesting! I had two internships in college, but never a virtual one!

  • These are such helpful tips! I’ve never had a virtual internship, but I think it’s really cool that they exist! Kudos to you for taking the steps to ensure you’re prepared for your career 🙂

    XX, SS || A Little Seersucker Sass

  • Virtual internships sound so interesting! When I applied for my current internship, everything was done over the phone because the job was across my state and I wasn’t able to come in for an in-person interview. It’s really important to be in a quiet environment for interviews, I made sure to text my roommates that I was going to be on a phone call so they didn’t bother me!

    Kayla | kaylablogs.com

  • I’ve been really interested in virtual internships and don’t know many people who have ever done them. These are all such awesome tips!

  • Macarena Ferreira

    These tips are great! I’ve never done a virtual internship but they definitely sound interesting. Loved this post!

  • Chelsea Lynn

    I’ve never had an opportunity for a virtual internship but I sure how I’ll get the chance! Xo
    Chelsea // trendychelsea.com