When you're at your internship, your phone is probably buried in your bag since you're a responsible, dedicated worker. You go, girl! However, you might not have realized that your smartphone can dramatically transform your work life. Her Campus has rounded up the apps and tools that will transform you from a great intern into a super one -- like the digital equivalent of a superhero costume. So grab your phone and laptop, because you'll want to download these ASAP.
We adore our paper planners, but this app does things of which your notebook only dreams. With Any.do, you create running to-do lists; for example, "Ask creative director to go on coffee date," "Edit PowerPoint for sales meeting," "Ask John to help me with Salesforce," etc. Then, every day at the time of your choosing, Any.do reminds you to take a moment to plan. This lets you can decide which tasks you want to handle in the next 14 hours and which you want to save for tomorrow or later that week.
Reminders for each task can be set by date, time and location, so you can get a prompt to "finish X project" either at 9 a.m. or as soon as you step foot in the office, whichever you prefer. Although you may have your hands full juggling coffee, you can still add items to the list, since Any.do is voice-compatible. It also syncs with your other apps and your computer; you can text, email or schedule meetings within the app.
Free for iPhone, Android and desktop
Your grandma might be the only thing more precious than Ryan Gosling's face, but her constant forwarded emails about optical illusions and cute baby animals rank just a little below your supervisor's emails in terms of importance. With Cloze, your inbox will reflect this hierarchy. It figures out your "Key People," or the people with whom you have the most meaningful communication, and you can manually make someone one of your Key People as well. Once your contacts are ranked, Cloze puts their messages at the top so you'll never miss an important email again. The app also gathers your contacts' posts from every social media channel you want, putting Tweets, Facebook posts, life events, LinkedIn updates and more all in one place on your phone. You'll always be current on what your network is up to -- and what grandma doesn't know won't hurt her.
Free for iPhone, Android and desktop
The desktop version of LinkedIn is incredibly useful, but the app takes it to the next level. You can use the "Pulse" tab to browse articles specific to your industry, so you'll always be up-to-date on what's happening, even if you're spending your afternoons running around town doing errands. You can also upload pictures from your phone. Obviously this feature isn't meant for you to show off selfies taken at your desk, but if you stick to pictures from conferences and professional events, it's a great way of publicizing the company. Just make sure you ask your supervisor before you post anything!
Free (sent to your email account)
Ready to upgrade your water-cooler talk? Professionals are expected to be relatively current on the news, and even if you get a "freebie" pass for being an intern, don't take it! If you can contribute to conversations in the office or at networking events about what's going on in the world, you'll stand out from your peers and impress your superiors. We suggest subscribing to theSkimm, a newsletter that arrives in your email inbox bright and early every morning that simplifies the headlines for you. Don't worry if CNN makes you snore -- theSkimm is written with a fresh and engaging voice, making even the driest topics interesting. You'll never have to ask, "Wait, what's going on in Iraq?" again.
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