- Find out how to pronounce your mentor/supervisor's last name.
- Memorize your company e-mail address (if given one) and passwords
- Memorize your extension and office number
- Memorize the office address
- Meet and make friends with the IT guy
- Meet and make friends with the executive assistant/receptionist
- Set up your voicemail (if given voicemail)
- Organize your desk to your specifications
- If allowed, download Google Chrome
- Find tape
Memorizing the address, your e-mail address, phone extension and office number are all really important ways to idiot-proof you first few days. How do I know? Because I didn't do this and it cost me. I had to admit on a call that "yes, I'm an intern,"which I think is a phrase that marks failure. You don't want to seem any different from the employees. You want to blend in, seem like a natural extension of their team.
Download Google Chrome because right now it's the fastest Web browser. If they don't allow you to download your own browser, that's OK, but if they do, you should do it. You're going to need to multi-task and to be the fastest person in the office when doing research. Chrome is your enabler. Plus you can customize the theme to make it easy on the eyes and fun to look at all day. I use Florencio Zavala. The same thing kind of goes for your desk. You want to be able to find things quickly and also to be able to look at your desk all day since it's likely you'll be there all day, so keep an organized space. I'm the King of messy desks, so that's always the first thing I do when I get in.
And last but certainly not least, find tape. You'll always need it, and you'll never be able to find it when you do. Trust me. :)
Anything I forget? Add it in the comments!