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Internship Etiquette

The word "etiquette" refers to a category of appropriate behaviors expected within a particular setting, environment or circumstance. In this case, we consider internship etiquette to encompass the highest level of professionalism.

During an internship, you create an impression of personal career-readiness while representing the University at Buffalo. Not every internship results in a job offer; however, employers regularly use internships as a direct recruiting tool.

Interns are expected to be:

  • Respectful and courteous to supervisors, co-workers and fellow interns
  • Excellent at verbal and written communication, and attentive (good listener)
  • Punctual, consistent, reliable and self-motivated
  • Inquisitive and honest about confusion, setbacks or mistakes
  • Confident yet open to both positive and constructive feedback
  • Flexible in attitude and adaptable to change
  • Cognizant and compliant with the employer's and the University's code of conduct

Strategies and best practices for successful completion of an internship.


Common mistakes and stories told from the supervisor perspective.