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How to Turn an Internship into a Job

"More companies are treating internship programs as extended job interviews for full-time positions. But unlike a straightforward interview, it's not always clear who you have to impress or how the decision maker will evaluate you." Business Week, Oct. 2009

""This year the job search is not going to be a sprint," says Patrick Perrella, director of MBA career development at the University of Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business (Mendoza Full-Time MBA Profile). "It's a marathon." If you want to make it to the finish line with a full-time job offer in hand, you'll have to go the extra mile."  Business Week-July 2009

-Write down what you think is the key way to turn an internship into a job??

How to Turn Your Internship Into a Job Offer
By Caroline Levchuck

Be sure you want want a job with the company with which you're interning.

Look the Part

Show up on time.

Dress professionally.
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Don't leave early
Unless it's urgent and you've cleared it with your supervisor.

Learn and adhere to company policy and procedure just as employees do.

Even if you witness other employees or fellow interns taking certain liberties, resist the temptation to join in.

Don't whip out your cell phone and start texting/chatting with friends on company time.

Don't surf the internet-if you don't have anything to do ask!

Don't take long lunches -- unless you've cleared it with your supervisor (or you're lunching with your supervisor).

Don't engage in office gossip.

Tell No Lies
Employers are carefully considering the ethics of job candidates. "Integrity is a big thing at GE," says Canale. He says that proving yourself begins with simple habits, such as being honest when you're late and straightforward if you're going to miss a meeting. Accepting responsibility for mistakes you've made and considering the influence your work and performance will have on others and on the company as a whole are musts. Although it should go without saying, drinking too much—even outside the office—or conducting yourself in an immature or unprofessional manner are big no-nos that could cost you the full-time offer.

Don't Be Stingy When Paying Your Dues
Even though you may act like an employee, you may find yourself being treated as less than such one, in terms of the assignments and tasks you're given. In fact, you may have to do less-than-glamorous work for the duration of your internship.
-Lowering your expectations about how exciting an internship will be can soften the blow of being asked to pick up your boss's dry cleaning, stuff envelopes or spend all day at the photocopier.

Whatever task you are given, don't balk (unless it is illegal).

Take on assignments early and with a smile.

Maintain a positive, eager-to-learn attitude. Ask questions.
Show that you want to learn the job and learn the company. Strike a balance between  asking enough questions to show your desire to learn and pestering people with so many queries that you become annoying. Ask if there are any training programs, seminars, or workshops you could attend to increase your learning, and hence, your value to the employer.

Develop your skills.
Learn unfamiliar software programs. Try projects that help you to hone skills you've never used or don't use often.

Demonstrate Intellectual Curiosity
One of the characteristics that GE wants to see in recruits is a desire to continue learning, says Canale. A know-it-all who doesn't want to work to improve himself will not go far.

Go Above and Beyond
If you see someone in the office staying late, or hear an employee complain of being swamped with a particular project, ask, "Is there anything I can do to help you?" At first, you may not be given anything much more exciting than your usual assignments. But your initiative will be remembered and could lead to more interesting tasks in the near future.

Exceed Expectations
Most career placement directors will tell you that one of the first ways to insure a satisfying internship is to communicate your expectations to your direct supervisor and ask what he or she expects of you. If this has not happened yet, you should make a point to talk to your manager and ask for feedback on how you are doing and what you can improve. You should also tell him or her what you think of the internship so far and how you'd like to add more value.

Work hard.

Don't just work hard. Strive to do your best, and extend your best behavior to your interactions with company stakeholders -- suppliers, vendors, distributors, and especially customers.
Keep quality in the forefront of your mind for every project you undertake. And be sure you project the utmost in professionalism to those stakeholders on whom the company wants to make a good impression.

When you have any downtime at the office, open your eyes to the things that aren't getting done because employees are too overwhelmed.
Go to your supervisor and offer to pitch in.

Get to Know Everyone ... Especially Management
-Your day-to-day routine may not afford you contact with many people at the company. Remedy the situation by asking everyone you do meet for five minutes of their time to talk about their roles at the company. Too shy to knock on office doors? Ask your supervisor to help you arrange a few meetings. Do this early in your internship and it will serve as a good introduction for you.

Be aware that your every move may be scrutinized.
"An intern must understand that an employer watches everything you do," Pyle notes. "Even if you think it is a meaningless task, there is a reason for it, and it is important to your employer. If you handle the task with professionalism -- even though you may think you are 'above' the task -- it will reflect highly on you."

Build Relationships
One of the big differentiators in this ultra-competitive job market is the friends you make at work. The internship is like a 10-week interview for your full-time job.

Find a mentor.
Parlay at least one of your network contacts within your internship into more than just a contact. Cultivate a mentor who can guide you in developing a strategy for obtaining permanent employment.

Strong academic performance can be influential with some employers.
Some firms value good grades highly. If you can maintain strong academics while also performing in your internship, you may gain a leg up.

Don't be shy about asking about permanent job opportunities.
Your employer won't know that you're interested in a job unless you ask. Also be vigilant for opportunities to create a position. Look for employer needs that aren't currently being met and consider proposing a job to meet those needs.

Never Give Up
The people who will get the full-time job offers at summer's end are those who are hanging tough for the long haul. They'll keep up with their contacts even if November arrives and they still don't have an offer. They'll lend a hand on projects even after their internship is over. They won't wait for offers to come to them, they'll go to the offers. They'll keep believing that their full-time offer is just around the corner. "Keep a positive attitudeIf the internship doesn't segue immediately into a job, keep in contact and be persistent. Maybe you're not a position to take a full-time when the internship ends. Perhaps you have coursework to complete before graduation. If that's the case, be sure to leave on the best possible terms. Write to your supervisor to thank him or her for the internship opportunity.


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