What are the main qualities supervisors want?

Most likely, your supervisor will be someone who is extremely busy.  He or she wants you to be able to work independently! Surveys have shown that internship supervisors value your initiative and independence even more than your specific job skills, except writing. Good writing is prized! Offer to undertake new tasks once you’ve completed assigned tasks. Make yourself invaluable to your employer. Do not engage in upward delegation by demonstrating: “I’m helpless; you do this task for me, because you’re experienced at it.” If you haven’t done something before, it’s OK to ask a few questions.  BUT, as someone almost out of school, you should be able to figure it out and get it done. Your thoroughness and attention to detail are also important. Be a problem-solver, not a problem-creator.

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