How Do You Turn An Internship Into A Job Offer?

Chelsea Lawler

Internships are a fantastic way to get your foot in the door and learn more about the company. Countless internships will make it known that you are not guaranteed employment after the internship ends. Internships may feel like one, giant job interview, as you dedicate many months and effort in determining if you will be a potential employee for the company. An internship can be your ticket to the job of your dreams, allowing you to make professional connections, develop your skills, and further your experience in the field.

How do you take an internship and increase your chances of getting a job offer when the internship ends? We will identify the key areas of interest to your potential employer when evaluating if you are a candidate for a job offer.

Job Responsibilities

When applying for an internship, find out your role as an intern. What are your responsibilities? Even though you may be an intern, it is imperative you communicate to your employer what you expect to get out of your internship. What are your goals? It is important that you get what you want out of the internship; you do not want to be the coffee girl/guy for the entire internship.

Speak up in a professional manner if you are not satisfied with your position. By asking the right questions and speaking up in a professional manner, you will show your employer that you may have what it takes to progress further in the company.

Network Connections

Networking can make all of the difference when solidifying your potential position at an internship company. It is absolutely essential to be friendly to everyone you meet because you never know what role they will play in your potential employment at the company. Developing a good rapport with other interns and employees is absolutely essential. The individuals you meet and network with can be an asset to you, especially for a future reference.

Enthusiasm and Dedication

If you are not being compensated for your internship (but be sure to receive school credit), it is important to treat the position as if you were being compensated. Be sure to show that you are dedicated to the internship by showing up on time and stay late if necessary. Volunteering to help other interns or employees shows that you are enthusiastic about your job and willing to pitch in when needed. Do not be afraid to ask for help, if you need it, too!

Keep it professional and do not complain about your tasks. Do not be afraid to speak up if you want more opportunities at your internship.

End Your Internship on a Positive Note

It is important to finish your internship on a positive note. Thank your supervisors and other networking connections you have interacted with. Do not be afraid to ask if you can contact them in the future, for a reference, or information regarding open positions within the company. As always, be sure to write each individual a thank you note for the experience and their time. By showing your potential employer that you are willing to work hard and be a professional, you may have a future at their company.

About The Author

Chelsea Lawler

Chelsea Lawler is a recent graduate of Philadelphia University with her Master of Science degree in Fashion Apparel Studies. She graduated from Mount Aloysius College in 2010 with her Bachelor of Arts degree in English. Chelsea enjoys running her small jewelry business for vintage clothing, and traveling. With her writing at Career Igniter, she hopes to educate both students and job seekers on the various facets of the job hunting process.

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