How to Turn Your Internship Into a Full-Time Job
I’ve been interning for Miss Millennia Magazine all summer, and it has been a great experience. I love it so much, actually, that about two weeks into the internship I knew that I wanted to stay for longer than just this summer. I didn’t know exactly how to go about turning my three-month internship into a permanent gig, though. But, I made sure that I did the absolute best I could with every task I was given, and even took on some extra projects. I wanted to impress everyone on staff. This, I hoped, would land me a permanent position at the end of the summer. And guess what, it did! I am so excited to be the newest member of the Editing Team here at M3.
Some of us take a temporary internship only as a resume builder—something to impress future employers to get us a job we actually want. Some use an internship to test out a job or field to see if this career is a good fit. Others look at an internship as an opportunity to get their foot in the door at a company for which they want to work. No matter your initial mindset, you might find that you absolutely love your internship. You want to work there forever. But how do you pull off turning your temporary internship into a full-time job offer? Here are six tried-and-true methods.
1. Prove that You Belong
At first, you’ll probably feel a bit uncomfortable with your new position, and that’s ok. After a while, you should feel as though you fit right in. Act the part! Stick to the dress code. Be on time. Treat everyone with respect, whether you’re speaking to or about someone. Always stay professional. Avoid the urge to check social media and text all day. If you follow these basic rules, people will notice, trust me.
2. Network Like A Pro
“Networking” is one of those scary, vague adult terms that everyone says is important but no one totally understands. Don’t stress, just think of networking as making connections with those around you. Even though you’re “just an intern,” you’re allowed (and encouraged) to engage with your full-time colleagues. Adding people on Linkedin, attending company events, and talking to co-workers during breaks are all easy ways to do this. Networking is a great way to show what you’re made of. Not only will you learn a lot about your co-workers and the company, but others will also learn about you. Additionally, even if you don’t end up working at this company, these contacts can provide recommendations in the future.
3. Ask Questions
Ask lots of questions. Don’t be shy! You will not annoy anyone and you won’t seem unintelligent. I promise. No one will expect you to know everything right away, and asking questions is the best way to learn. Make sure to remember the answers, though, because that will be expected. Writing important information in a notebook is a great way to remember it. Obviously, gathering this information will make you a better asset to the company, presently and in the future. As a bonus, asking questions shows that you’re eager to learn. Your boss will appreciate your enthusiasm.
4. Put Your Best Foot Forward
Impress your boss by excelling at your work. It doesn’t matter how small your tasks are. If you are assigned to put stamps on 200 envelopes, align the stamps perfectly. If your job is to proofread, go over the document multiple times. This doesn’t mean you can’t make a mistake, of course, because everyone messes up. When you do make a mistake, own up to it and offer strategies to fix it. Even if you don’t necessarily love your internship, working hard will help you land a job in the future. And if you do love it, you’ve just proved yourself to your boss.
5. Focus on Your Internship
While it’s always important to shoot for the stars, you don’t want to leave your own duties behind in the dust. Strive to impress your employer by going above and beyond, yes, but don’t slack off on your current job. If you do, then others will think that you feel you are too good for your internship—in a bad way.
6. Express Genuine Interest
Your employer might be very impressed with your skills and the work you’ve done, but if they don’t think you want to be there, that full-time job offer will never come. Expressing interest can be as subtle as showing excitement when you’re assigned a new task and as obvious as telling your boss or other employees that you love the company. If your internship is coming to a close and you haven’t been offered a full-time job, it’s also ok to tell your boss that you love working there and would like to continue to do so. Ask if there are any open positions or if you could even continue to do your internship duties. It’s possible your boss never considered asking you to stay longer. Once you bring it up, you might get a good result!
In short, if you want to turn your temporary internship into a full-time job, you need to be the best you can be. Follow these six guidelines, and you’ll knock ’em dead from day one. From all of us at Miss Millennia, good luck!