An internship is more than just a chance to get coffee, do busywork, and take lunch orders from higher-ups. It’s a chance to get the experience you need to turn your internship into a potential long-term opportunity. Where others in your position may finish up and go on their merry way, with the aid of this article and some elbow grease, you may just find yourself with a full-time job at the end of your internship. Read on to find out how you can turn your internship into your career!
Choose an Internship Somewhere You Might Actually Want To Work
First thing's first. You don't want an internship at a company where you wouldn't want a full-time job. With that said, choose an internship where you will have a substantial amount of responsibility. If you know that a company only hires interns to do busy work and never hires them for full-time jobs, don't work there. Choose a company that will pay attention to you and evaluate your work on a regular basis.
Make Connections with the People Who Have the Full-Time Jobs
It may be tempting to only socialize with others who have internships. After all, you're in the same boat. But if you want to land a full-time job at the end of this stint, you've got to network and make connections with those who count. This means being on your best behavior. Smile and make conversation with higher-ups and bosses, but socialize and connect with other full-time job workers as well. They'll be rooting for you, and it will make a difference when it comes time for hiring new people.
Act Like You Already Have a Full-Time Job There
It's called an internship, but what it really is is a trial run. The company is giving you experience while at the same time vetting you for a full-time job, so act the part. Dress for success. This means no flip-flops, shorts or revealing outfits. Dress professionally, and act professionally as well. Be on time, don't extend your breaks or lunches, and do extra work where it counts.
Go Above and Beyond the Internship with Your Own Goals
As an intern, you will have specific tasks and duties to accomplish, but simply finishing off those jobs is not what's going to make you stand out. Interns who land full-time jobs at the end of their internships are those who make their own personal goals such as always showing up ten minutes early, networking with at least two new employees every week, or getting deadline work submitted at least one day in advance. These small goals are easy to accomplish for yourself and can make all the difference when it's between you and another intern who barely gets the job done.
Don't Be the Silent Intern
Many young people who land internships think that staying behind the scenes, keeping quiet, and not making any waves is the way to go. This is far from the truth. If you want to get a full-time job, you have to make sure the powers that be know about you, right? So don't be afraid to ask questions and voice your concerns and comments. Make your voice heard, and they'll remember who you are when you submit your cover letter and resume for a full-time job.
If you do well in your work, you may be approached for a full-time job at the end of the internship, and if so, that's great. More than likely, however, there will be a few job openings that you'll need to apply for. As a past intern, your resume and cover letter should be highly considered--especially if you've used the advice listed here. But you will only land a full-time job if you stand out on paper as well as in your work.
The final step for landing a full-time job from an internship is to use LiveCareer's Resume Builder and Cover Letter Builder to create impressionable cover letters and resumes. With LiveCareer's writing and formatting guidelines and the use of the guidelines in this article, you'll be on your way to the full-time job you've always wanted.