A Day in the Life of a Remote Intern

BY Julian Te |
18/11/20

If you are considering signing up for Readygrad’s remote internship program, you may wonder what your average day will be like. This is especially true when it comes to remote internships, which, being new, many graduates have no idea how this might look like compared to a traditional internship placement. So, with that in mind, and to give you some idea of what to expect, here is a typical 9 -5 day in the life of a remote intern.

6:00 – 8:00: Wake up

Now, what is notable about being a remote intern is that you don’t have a commute to an office.

With the average Australian commute being close to one hour, this enjoy the warmth and comfort of your bed a little while longer, giving yourself as little as an hour to get out of bed, shower, get dressed, grab a coffee and breakfast, and be at your desk ready for work.

On the other hand, if you are an early riser or just like to take your time in the morning, you’ll have more time for yourself. You can use this extra time to get your day going at a leisurely pace, fit in an exercise session, work on a personal project, read, or anything else you’d like to do.

9:00 – 1:00: Morning  Tasks Session

First, you’ll log onto all the apps and tools that your team uses to communicate, such as Slack, Trello, or Asana, and say ‘hi’ to let everyone know you’re at your desk and ready to get started. Depending on where you operate, maybe you’ll start with a virtual morning meeting, outlining your team’s priorities for the day, or perhaps you’ll just get straight down to getting your tasks completed.  

Just like in an office, no one expects you to stay glued to your seat all day. So be sure to get up and grab a cup of water or tea, or at least have a stretch to keep yourself, both physically and mentally, limber.

1:00: Lunch Break

At 1pm, you’ll break for lunch, allowing you to make yourself something in the comfort of your kitchen, pull something out of the fridge, or maybe even grab something from a nearby shop or café. Whether you need to buy something to eat or not, your lunchbreak is a good time to get outside, for a few minutes at least, to get some fresh air. Getting outside, for a few minutes at least, is particularly good for your mental wellbeing and keeping you sharp for your afternoon tasks.

Plus, on occasion, you might join your team for a virtual lunch. These are a great way for you to get to know your colleagues better and to further integrate you into the team, as well as providing some fun and lively human interaction.

1:00 – 5:00: Afternoon Tasks Session

Similar to your tasks session in the morning, you’ll carry on whatever you’ve been working during the first half of your day. However, if things are a little quieter, afternoons are an ideal time to touch base with your assigned mentor – perhaps over a phone call or virtual coffee. That being said, there’s nothing stopping you from contacting your mentor at any time if you need some information, feedback, or clarity.

Best of all, again, because you’re already at home, you can immediately start to kick back, relax, and enjoy your well-earned free time.

Are you ready to secure your own remote work placement? Contact us to find out all about Readygrad’s remote internship program.

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