An intern is primarily a support role – at least in the beginning. When you join up, your main job will be to assist, learn, and grow. After you’ve settled in, you’ll be expected to pull your own weight.
So what does an intern do exactly? That depends on the industry in question and the kind of internship you’ve signed up for. Research internships come with a different set of roles and responsibilities than, say, an internship geared toward easing you into a full-time role.
Main tasks of an intern are:
1. Assist in day-to-day tasks
2. Learn and gain experience
3. Job shadow
4. Take on an increasing amount of responsibility
6. Make a career call
Best of luck to you as an intern!
Interns are also responsible for learning more about the company and its culture. This occurs at intern events (e.g. after-work outings) , network events, etc. Interns that demonstrate that they are engaging with other inters and are participating in the company culture usually have a higher chance of being liked by the company. This often has a tremendous impact on a company's potential decision to bring an intern for future internships and even a full-time job offer.