Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on Friday, April 10, 2015
What tends to set any employee apart from others is their leadership capability. Demonstrating leadership can be tricky, though, as you do not want to come off as being too aggressive. Strong leaders tend to rise to the top naturally. You will no doubt in your internship be asked to work in several groups. In this setting, do not sit back and wait for someone to ask you something. Ask pointed questions and show your insight. Be confident, but not arrogant. As an intern, you bring a perspective to any task or project that is important. Be willing to provide that insight. When tasks are being assigned, show enthusiasm for the project or a part of the project. Doing these things will help position you to be placed in leadership roles. Even if that role is informal (i.e. leading a project), it gives you exposure to your leadership, and this is what can differentiate you from the other interns.