For seniors starting their final year of college, ambitious freshwomen starting their first, and anyone in between who has experienced the grueling life of an intern, moving up the corporate ladder may seem like an unreachable dream. But if you follow these simple steps you'll see it's easy as one, two, three... 4-5-6-7!
1. Choose the Right Internship
The first thing in turning your internship into an job is, of course, finding an internship! But you have to make sure it's the right internship. According to Forbes magazine, small and medium-sized companies are the best choice for interns seeking full employment, because they're more likely to be understaffed.
2. Keep It Professional
The company doesn't want to hire an intern full-time; interns are immature, awkward, and unprofessional. They want to hire an employee who acts like they were born for this role.
3. Communication is Key
It's easy to assume that you know what you're doing after reading all of the paperwork, but you should talk to your supervisor about their exact expectations for you. Make sure you have ongoing, open communication with your boss to ensure that your performance is consistently on point!
Become "that girl" who volunteers to fill in whenever possible. This will show that you're invested in the company's best interest and willing to go above and beyond the demands of an internship. Your employers won't know that you can handle the responsibilities of being a full-time employee until you prove it to them!
5. First One in, Last One out
Nothing says dedication like being the first one in the office and the last one out. Arriving early demonstrates not only punctuality, but also an eagerness to start the work day well. Leaving last shows that you want to make sure the day ended smoothly.
6. Show Interest
If you are trying to turn your internship into a full-time job, I would hope you have some interest in it! Well, you have to let it show. Act enthusiastic about all of the projects you're working on and focus on learning from this experience.
7. Find Balance
Balance in general is a great philosophy to live by. In the case of an internship, you want to focus on striking a balance between humility and confidence. You shouldn't act entitled or like a know-it-all, but you also shouldn't be too timid. It's important to know your strengths and know where you need to grow in order to make the most out of your internship and make a good impression.
I wish you all the best of luck in turning internships into careers! It can be tricky, but as long as you're focused on success, you can achieve your goal. How did you turn your internship into a full-time position?