Landing a full-time position after interning is truly a dream-come-true situation. You might be in the midst of a career-changing internship and thinking about your real-world situation. Or, maybe you’re about to embark on a dream internship. Lucky you! Locking down an internship might just be the hardest part. Locking down a job after it's over? Well, it happens--more often than you think. But first, you have to absolutely crush your role as an intern.
Many companies look at their interns as potential hires, so the work you do as an intern is incredibly important. I interned with Influenster the summer before my senior year of college. Six months later, I was offered a full-time position! I learned more than I ever thought I would along the way. So, let me help YOU seal the deal!
During your internship
You are ALWAYS marketing yourself. This might be my most important advice I can give you. How you present yourself not only at work, but on the weekends says a lot about your character. Employers want to hire someone they’re proud of! Keep up with your social accounts and make sure it’s tasteful.
Go above and beyond. Offer to help other departments if you’re finished with your work early! You’ll meet other workers in the office and get a better understanding of what other people do for a living. You might even realize there’s another job fit for you. Also, it never hurts to get to work a little earlier and stay a little later. See if your boss needs any extra help! That kind of effort never goes unnoticed.
Stay organized. Keep a notepad at your desk! This will keep you on track for meeting deadlines and planning to-do lists for the day.
Don't be afraid to ask questions. If you're ever lost, ask your supervisor to help you out. Quality over quantity--always! Nobody knows what they're doing in the beginning of a new job. It's perfectly okay to ask questions often. Your supervisor wants to see you succeed!
Positive energy goes a long way. Remember: it’s not about what happens to you, but how you react to it. Enthusiasm goes a long way in the workplace. It makes a happier, healthier work environment.
Keep a journal for your own personal use. Write down what you did for the day--both the pros and cons. If you’re writing down more cons than pros, this job might not be right for you. It’s also great to see how much you’ve grown from the first day!
After your internship
Keep in touch! If you’re going back to school after your internship, ask if there’s anything you can do to work from home. For example, if you did some writing during your internship, see if you can do any freelance style work from home.
See when availability might pop up. Let them know you’re interested in a full-time opportunity and whether they might have something. This also gives you a sense of when to start applying to jobs your senior year of college. Every industry is different.
Thank them with a handwritten letter. Do this on your last day. Nobody gets cards anymore! It’s a nice gesture to let them know you really appreciated your time working there.
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