During my summer break I completed an internship at a health tech company as I wanted to learn more about the industry. Here are some of the main things I learnt from my experience.
Ask for what you want
The first lesson is something that I learnt in the process of applying, rather than during the internship itself. At the time I was applying, many health tech companies didn’t have any formal programs to recruit summer interns. Instead of being discouraged by this, based on advice I had previously received, I decided to reach out to startups directly. This involved contacting a number of recruiters and CEOs via LinkedIn and email. I managed to get a few positive responses and eventually secured an internship. The main takeaway from this was to not be afraid of reaching out to new people. Yes, sometimes people won’t respond or may say no, but there is really no harm in trying.
You’re not just a student
There are so many ways you can be useful, especially in a smaller organisation. For example, there were no healthcare professionals on my team so I was able to clarify confusion regarding NICE guidelines and the management of health conditions. This seemed like something very small to me, but was valuable to the team and taught me that no knowledge is wasted. Don’t downplay your skills or feel like you aren’t useful to the team just because you don’t have the same amount of experience.