Stand Out This Summer During Your Remote Internship

By Bethany Fischer on July 13, 2021

As the world adapts to a post-pandemic “normal,” many industries have moved from a physical office to a virtual one. While colleges across the country prepare for “in-person” classes, pursuing a remote internship remains a top option for many students.

Any type of internship can be tricky to navigate, especially if it is your first. There are many ways students can prepare for a remote internship, but how can you really make a good impression? Here are # tips to help you stand out this summer during your remote internship:

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1. Practice Good Virtual Etiquette

It is very easy to form bad habits during a remote internship. Since most of the work can be done from the comfort of your own home, you may feel tempted to slack on basic, virtual manners. A good way to stand out during your remote internship this summer is to showcase your virtual etiquette.

Some remote faux pas you should avoid include:

  • Dressing down: Your boss doesn’t want to see your PJs. Dress like you would if you were working in person.

  • Turning off your camera: One of the main requirements during most internships is participation. It is hard to participate when nobody can see your face.

  • Having a hectic background: Just like your PJs, your boss doesn’t want to see your mess. Find a room with a neutral background that contains minimal distractions.

Practicing these good habits during your remote internship this summer shows your boss that you are taking this experience seriously.

2. Ask Good Questions

Many people get lost in a sea of employees when they fail to stand out from the crowd. People blend in when they do the bare minimum of their job requirements. Even though many remote internships are unpaid, it is still important to make a good impression. Showing engagement by asking questions is a great way to market yourself as a stand-out intern.

The key to asking good questions is knowing what types of questions to ask. Employers like to see interns who are forward-thinking, self-aware, and proactive. For example, consider asking:

  • What types of employees succeed in this industry?

  • Where do you feel employees lack?

  • What path do you see this company/industry taking in the future?

  • What areas do you see in me that could use some improvement/ how would you evaluate my performance so far?

A remote internship is a time to soak up as much information as possible. By asking questions, you can avoid being forgotten and stand out as someone who is interested in the future and on top of their performance.

3. Be Indispensable

Every team has an MVP. This looks different at every job, but it doesn’t have to be a role saved for higher-level employees. It is absolutely possible to become a valuable team member during your remote internship.

There are so many ways to add value to a workplace. Some ways may be tangible: is there a gap in the work that needs to be filled? If you can see an area where work needs to be done, ask how you can help. Do you have a special skill? Find out how you can incorporate it into your remote internship. Impressive interns are those who look for ways to show ambition.

Valuable interns aren’t just the ones who do the most work; they are the ones who boost morale with good attitudes. If you are unable to add objective value, add emotional value. All teams need cheerleaders to encourage and inspire; it is often those people who are the most valuable members of a workplace.

4. Act The Part

Many internships are unpaid. This can discourage interns from doing their best in their roles. However, there are many other advantages to internships that are worth considering. The interns that stand out the most are the ones who recognize these advantages and treat their positions like the real thing.

Just because you have a remote internship doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t treat it like a real job. The job is real to your boss; if it wasn’t, they wouldn’t be wasting their time and resources on an internship program at all. Acting the part means showing up on time, meeting deadlines, and maintaining professionalism.

Many interns don’t realize that their internship can lead to full-time employment. In 2019, as many as 70% of interns received a job offer after their internship ended. Many employers use internship programs as a way to recruit new members since they will have a hiring pool of people who are already familiar with the company. Acting the part is not only a way to impress during your remote internship; it is also a way to land a full-time job!


While summer can be a time to relax and recharge, it can also be a time to get ahead of the game. Landing a remote internship this summer can give you invaluable work experience and give your resume the boost that it needs.

It is important to have a plan to have a successful internship. Having good etiquette, asking good questions, being indispensable, and acting the part are all sure-fire ways to impress during your remote internship this summer. It is not enough to just participate in an internship; successful interns are the ones who stand out from the crowd.

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