Internships and other work experiences
Internships and other work experiences

Start this free course now. Just create an account and sign in. Enrol and complete the course for a free statement of participation or digital badge if available.

Free course

Internships and other work experiences

6.1 Informal communication

When you are building relationships with colleagues, it is often the non-work conversations where you share information about what you did at the weekend, or a film you’ve recently enjoyed, etc. that create a more informal link between you. This is more difficult when you are working remotely as you don’t have those moments during your lunch break or when walking to the car park/train station/bus stop etc.

One way to create those informal links is to allow time for a non-work conversation during each interaction you have. If your employer has lots of staff working remotely, they might even have a virtual coffee meeting once a week where everyone gets together for a chat with no pressure to discuss work. Don’t dismiss this as a waste of time. As an intern, it could be a particularly useful way of building your network. If you’re unsure how to contribute, introduce yourself and then listen to others for a while so you can get a feel for typical topics for discussion.

One recent virtual intern shares another good example:

I used to meet some of my co-workers face-to-face over coffee once a month and we also had a Christmas lunch. It was a good way to get to know them and spend some time together outside work.

INT_1

Take your learning further

Making the decision to study can be a big step, which is why you'll want a trusted University. The Open University has 50 years’ experience delivering flexible learning and 170,000 students are studying with us right now. Take a look at all Open University courses.

If you are new to University-level study, we offer two introductory routes to our qualifications. You could either choose to start with an Access module, or a module which allows you to count your previous learning towards an Open University qualification. Read our guide on Where to take your learning next for more information.

Not ready for formal University study? Then browse over 1000 free courses on OpenLearn and sign up to our newsletter to hear about new free courses as they are released.

Every year, thousands of students decide to study with The Open University. With over 120 qualifications, we’ve got the right course for you.

Request an Open University prospectus371