Think long-term and strategize.
Make sure that you actually want to work at the place you’re interning. Make sure it’s a good fit for you and you’re not just taking a job out of desperation. Let’s just say Fashionista turned out to be a much better fit for me than another place I interned. Had I wound up working at a PR firm, it probably would not have been a good fit for anyone involved.
Some questions to ask yourself: Where can you see yourself in a year or five with the company? What benefits do they offer? What reputation can you build with that company? Are they meeting your needs? Where is the company headed financially? Strategize as much as possible because sometimes companies that you may think sound like the perfect place to work can often be a mess internally with poor management, bad office politics, or financial mismanagement.
*Name changed for our source who asked to remain anonymous