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By: Tamara PapoPublished On: January 8, 2015
An internship can be a great way to gain experience, meet networking contacts, and prove your worth to an employer. It can also be a foot in the door that may lead to a full-time position at the organization. Here’s how you can turn your internship into a full-time job.
Although you don’t want to pester your superiors, it is important to have a solid understanding of your strengths and weaknesses. Make sure you are openly communicating with your supervisor during your internship to learn what areas you need to improve on.
Show that you are always thinking ahead by anticipating others’ questions and needs. Do more than is expected of you to stand out from other interns. Volunteer for additional projects when you can, and be flexible with your schedule for a chance to impress the team by staying late or coming in early. Taking on additional tasks, being flexible, and thinking ahead shows that you are dedicated to your role and helps your supervisor and co-workers view you as an integral part of the team.
Try to manage your time as effectively as possible. Always maintain focus and discipline while at work –avoid distractions such as text messaging, checking personal e-mail accounts, or updating your social networks.
After you have finished a project, write down any major accomplishments you achieved. Showing that you can produce measurable results is a great way to move up at the company. These accomplishments can also be noted on your resume and LinkedIn profile.
Arrive at your internship with an eager, positive attitude each day. Come in early and be try to be the last intern to leave. Dress at least one step above your current position. No matter how small, take pride in each project you are assigned and ensure it is your best work before handing it in.
Moving up is much easier if you have someone to lean on for advice and insight. The right mentor will act as a sponsor and advocate for you within the organization. When asking someone to be your mentor, explain why you’re asking and what you expect from the relationship. Are you looking for someone to offer specific advice? Do you want someone who will connect you with your organization’s movers and shakers? Or do you just need a sounding board?
Research each product or service. Get to know the clients and customers as best you can. Try to understand what the organization needs and how you can fill those needs. Learning this vital information will not only help you do your job better– it will give you a clear understanding of the steps you can take to turn your internship into a full-time job.