You did it! You landed the internship you wanted and you're eager to gain real-world experience. Now, how to make the most of it? Consider advice from two Abbott veterans who regularly train and work with interns. Bill Hodges is a research and development manager and mechanical engineer who works on heart failure devices and Melissa Nicolli is a sales manager for adult nutrition products. Both have worked with Abbott interns for many years and observed the behaviors and traits that hint at — or shout — 'Superstar!' Hodges and Nicolli offer pointers to help interns get the best experience from their comprehensive 12-week terms. Prepare, for Everything You Do 'Interns aren't expected to memorize everything about Abbott, but they need to understand the company, its specific business and how it serves customers,' Hodges says. 'Being confident about the fundamentals helps interns understand how they bring value to the team.' For Nicolli, knowing the company vision and mission matters, along with details relevant to an intern's team and role. 'Managers will notice if you're prepared for meetings,' Nicolli said. 'That means having an agenda and desired outcomes, defining action items and setting expectations. Interns can then make a good impression by following through with action items for managers or team members.'