As internships can be one of the necessary steps in turning the learning you’ve acquired into a real life skill, they can serve as a stepping-stone to your future career. I graduated from the University of Utah this Spring, but before my official graduation date I started searching for an internship that would utilize the skills I learned as a marketing major in college (and maybe lead to a job once I graduated). Through my Online Marketing professor I found an opening for an internship at Neutron Interactive and applied. Luckily, I landed the internship and I was able to turn my internship into a job offer, which is no easy feat at any company. If you’re wondering how you can turn your internship into a full-fledged job, here are some insights that I learned while interning at Neutron Interactive that might make it possible.
Be Vocal About Your Interest
Since internships are commonly unpaid and are there to help you get on-the-job experience, they won’t necessarily provide you with the paying position you might be hoping for. If you’re working for a company doing something that you love and you are learning about things you’re passionate about, make sure you mention this to your boss. Giving your superiors an indication that you’re interested in the work and future employment with the company will make it more likely that they’ll think of you as a potential candidate.
Learn As Much As You Can
Since how you behave and the work ethic you portray during your internship will be a testament to your interest in the job, it’s very important to learn everything you can and go above and beyond whenever possible. You can succeed at this by learning about the company and its culture, knowing the details of your position inside and out, and pointing out flaws in the system and ideas you have for improvement as they occur to you. Asking for additional duties from will also put you ahead of the pack and will let everyone know that you’re a team player.
Work Like An Employee
While you may not be getting paid, your bosses and co-workers will be looking at the way that you do things during your internship as a sign of the kind of employee you’ll be. If you slack off or take advantage of the fact that you’re just an intern, it’s likely that when your tenure with the company is over, you will not be asked to return. Instead, it’s best to act like the employee you hope to be and bring all of your enthusiasm and knowledge to the table by working hard, staying engaged and working overtime when it’s necessary.
Organize a Review Meeting
As a way to formally end your internship with the company, it’s a good idea to have a meeting to get your employers’ perceptions of you and your work, and also to share your own perspective. Organizing this meeting will not only provide you with the chance to outline all of your accomplishments during the time you spent with the company and the things you did to go above and beyond, it will also give you the opportunity to see if they might be interested in utilizing you in the future for a full time position.
While an internship is no guarantee that a full time job will follow, approaching it in the right way may give you a better opportunity to turn it into one. By behaving like the most dedicated of employees and vocalizing your interest, an internship can be your best path into a future career.