It’s July and we’re just over half-way through internship season at Humber College. That means it’s about time for many students to start looking for their second internship.

Many programs require students to accomplish 420 internship hours as a prerequisite to enter their final semester. While most internships are only six-weeks long, a single internship summer is not possible for all students.

With that being said, here’s what you can expect from your internships. Whether you’re going into your first or second internship, or even if you don’t have to worry about your work placement for another year or two, this guide will help you rise to the occasion and get those hours in a professional manner.

Speaking from my own experience, you want to start your internship as soon as possible. While the door is open to find something much later than you would think, the earlier the better. It’s even a good idea to start before your semester has ended.

I am currently working as an intern at a Toronto web design company called Awesome Web Designs as a copy writer and SEO specialist. In this role, I do outreach and write posts for our site and others. If I had begun before my semester ended, I could have started a few weeks earlier and have concluded my hours at the beginning of August. With a more flexible schedule like that, it’s much easier to put hours into another part-time, paying job.

If you have the means and opportunity, you can talk to your program coordinator about doing your internship hours early. It will help you avoid the stress of arranging an internship last minute.

Landing and working your internship is essentially like getting a job in your field. You’re expected to collaborate professionally with your colleagues and complete assigned tasks every day. If you’ve only ever worked casual jobs, like me, it’s definitely a change of pace.

My internship has been all work from home, which is a dynamic I had never experienced before. This arrangement comes with a few unexpected challenges. For example, I don’t have a desk, so I spend my time in other settings in my home, trying to stay comfortable over an extended period of time. You also need to develop a work/life separation when you work at home. You have to take time to go outside and get some fresh air sometimes.

Of course, every internship is different. Regardless, this internship survival guide should help you find success in one of the more stressful, and simultaneously rewarding, events in your postsecondary career.

Guest author Lucas Laporta is a Bachelor of Journalism student.