Alright, so you’ve landed your first internship.
But that doesn’t mean you’re guaranteed a job. Now you have to prove that you’ve got what it takes.
Ryan Hinkle is a managing director at Insight Venture Partners, an international private equity and venture capital firm. When Hinkle is not working on deals, the Philadelphia native runs Insight Venture Partner’s intern program. So, he knows what separates the good interns from the great interns.
We recently spoke with Hinkle to get his advice for new interns looking to get hired by their respective firms. He advises his interns to consider the three following points.
Think of ways you can help. Don’t limit your responsibilities to those on your job description. If you see a colleague who constantly has to do something that’s a hassle, and you could easily do it, then do it.
Ask questions. Sometimes this requires a little courage, because nobody wants to ask a stupid question. But it’s critical. There is nothing wrong with asking a question, unless you ask the same question twice.
Don’t be afraid. To make it in finance, especially in my business of venture capital, you need gusto. Don’t hide at your desk. Introduce yourself to people in your office who aren’t on your team. It boggles my mind when senior execs tell interns during orientation to visit their office and then they don’t do it.