A strategic intern finds out everything he/she can about their host office before they start. The more an intern knows about the host office before entering on day 1, the better prepared he/she will be to hit the ground running. Study the organization's website to become familiar with the office's staff, mission statement, media, and current projects.

In addition, be sure to follow local, national, and international news to stay up-to-date on pertinent events that could have bearing on your work.