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Turning Your College Internship Into a Long-Term Job

Internships can be used to get experience and potentially land you a long-term job with the company. Take a look at these tips for how you can turn your temporary internship into a career.

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Using Your Internship to Get a Full-Time Job

Landing an internship at your employer of choice is a good way to enhance your job profile. Hiring managers often look for applicants who've completed internships in related fields because it shows that they've had practical experience applying the skills acquired in college classrooms.

When you're weighing your internship options, keep in mind that companies often hire former interns. Before you start an internship, you'll want to consider some methods you can employ to get hired full time after graduation.

Do Your Job

You'll probably be given a general overview of what your job entails when you show up for the first day of your internship. If you're looking down the road at potentially getting hired with the company, be sure and perform all the tasks that are asked of you, even the menial ones.

Tips:

  • Try not to turn down any task that you can easily complete, no matter how small of a job it is
  • Pay attention to details
  • Show up to work on time
  • Act professionally
  • Ask questions - especially if you don't understand something or need clarification

Outperform

Going above and beyond your minimum level of responsibility should be your number one priority if you want to stick around after graduation. Going above and beyond could mean a lot of different things, but the key is to be positive and motivated about your job.

Tips:

  • Ask for more work
  • Let your manager know you're open to different assignments
  • Find out if you can take on jobs from employees in other departments
  • Learn from your managers and peers
  • Ask for feedback about your progress

Be Open About Your Career Goals

Make sure your superiors are aware of your interest in coming back to the company in a full-time position. Set up a meeting with your managers early on in your internship, if you've decided that this company would be a good fit for your future. Meet with your managers to discuss your goals for the internship and your future plans.

Tips:

  • Get to know the HR staff, so you can follow up with them after your internship ends
  • Send a thank you note after you leave
  • Keep in touch with your former managers through e-mail
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