How to Turn a Job Into an Internship
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
sure you want want a job with the company with which you're interning.
Look the Part
Show up on time.
here for SU PP
Don't leave early
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
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
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).
on assignments early and with a smile.
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
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
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.
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 ...
-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."
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.
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 attitude. If 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