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How to Turn Your Internship Into a Full-Time Job

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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.

woman working on laptop for miss millennia internship and full-time job

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

women at internship and full-time job networking

Credit: On Call International

“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

important sticky notes to help with turning an internship into a full-time jobImpress 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!

 

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48 Comments

  1. LisaLDN

    August 24, 2015 at 2:19 am

    This is great, and so helpful! I’m really loving the company I’ve been working for this summer, and will keep these in mind! 😉

    • Lexi Bollis

      August 24, 2015 at 5:22 am

      I’m so glad to hear that!! Best of luck to you, thanks for reading!

  2. Emilie

    August 24, 2015 at 6:16 am

    Those are great tips! I have had a few internship in the past and I can tell that you know what you’re talking about! I would add yo your list that having lunch at work is a great way to network because you get to know your colleagues on a more personal level!

    • Lexi Bollis

      August 24, 2015 at 6:42 am

      That’s a great idea, thanks for adding to my list!

  3. Ashley Vickney

    August 24, 2015 at 10:47 am

    These are awesome tips! I have been leveraging my internship experience for connections to get the job I want!
    xoxo

    • Lexi Bollis

      August 24, 2015 at 11:28 am

      You go girl 😀 Thanks for reading!

  4. Ashley Mason

    August 24, 2015 at 11:20 am

    Great tips! Definitely helpful for recent college grads!

    • Lexi Bollis

      August 24, 2015 at 11:29 am

      Glad you think so! 🙂

  5. Shane Prather

    August 24, 2015 at 2:56 pm

    Love these tips! I turned my remote internship in Ohio to a full time job in Australia.

    • Lexi Bollis

      August 24, 2015 at 4:41 pm

      Wow, that’s amazing!!

  6. A Peachy Sonder

    August 24, 2015 at 5:23 pm

    These are great tips! I didn’t have any internships before my full time job, but I know many people who had full time offers after excelling as an intern. Thanks for sharing!

    • Lexi Bollis

      August 26, 2015 at 9:12 pm

      Yeah for so many people, internships are the way to that full-time job. It’s amazing you landed a job right away, though! Thanks for reading!

  7. Chronicles of Home

    August 24, 2015 at 7:24 pm

    Great tips!! I think one of the most important things I learned is work hard and take critiques with a light that they are trying to better your career! It’s an eye opener!

    Nicole // http://www.breakfastatlillys.com/2015/08/treat-yourself-with-schick.html

    • Lexi Bollis

      August 26, 2015 at 9:13 pm

      I agree, learning how to give and take criticism is hugely important. Thanks for reading!!

  8. Ruya Kirac

    August 24, 2015 at 7:37 pm

    I defiantly needed these tips! Such a useful post and I agree that networking can be scary but worth it in the long run.

    -Ruya
    sweetshortandstylish.com

    • Lexi Bollis

      August 26, 2015 at 9:10 pm

      I’m glad it was helpful, thanks for reading!!

  9. Tiffani Grosser

    August 24, 2015 at 8:55 pm

    These are great tips! I have yet to delve in to an internship because I love my job so much, but these could totally apply to any and every job!

    • Lexi Bollis

      August 26, 2015 at 9:09 pm

      Glad you think so, thanks for reading!

  10. Alicia Chew

    August 24, 2015 at 9:28 pm

    I managed to do this too! It’s crazy hard to get a job, especially in my industry, but my supervisor left the company for a new job and luckily I was there and took her place 🙂

    • Lexi Bollis

      August 26, 2015 at 9:09 pm

      That’s so awesome, congrats!

  11. Tiffany Khyla

    August 24, 2015 at 10:13 pm

    These are such awesome tips! I did an internship in college, but I still had schooling left, so it didn’t turn into anything full time. Luckily, I made amazing contacts, and they still serve as mentors to me.

    • Lexi Bollis

      August 26, 2015 at 9:08 pm

      Making those contacts is so important, exactly for the reason you bring up! Even if you don’t stick with the company, the connections you make can help you so much in the future.

  12. Ashley

    August 24, 2015 at 11:22 pm

    These are great tips! One of my best friends turned her internship into a full time job. It was very cool to see how some of these tips corresponded with her experience!

    xo Ashley

    • Lexi Bollis

      August 26, 2015 at 9:07 pm

      I’m glad to hear that!

  13. Alexandra Hollander

    August 25, 2015 at 1:11 pm

    great tips! def going to keep these in mind

    • Lexi Bollis

      August 26, 2015 at 9:05 pm

      Great to hear, thanks for reading!

  14. Pick Your Beau

    August 25, 2015 at 1:14 pm

    Congratulations on the big news! These are some amazing tips – I’m definitely trying to make the most of my internship now (mine goes through the year rather than just the summer) so I can stick with the company after graduation.

    Pick Your Beau

    • Lexi Bollis

      August 26, 2015 at 9:04 pm

      Thank you!! 🙂 Good luck on sticking with the company, of you’re really committed that’s a huge first step.

  15. Kayla Rivoli

    August 25, 2015 at 6:49 pm

    These are such great tips! I just finished up an internship this summer and I know these tips would definitely be beneficial!

    Kayla | kaylablogs.com

    • Lexi Bollis

      August 26, 2015 at 9:03 pm

      Thanks so much! 🙂

  16. Elana

    August 25, 2015 at 8:26 pm

    These are such great tips. I was able to turn an internship into a full-time job by treating my internship as though it were my full-time job.

    • Lexi Bollis

      August 26, 2015 at 9:02 pm

      That’s so awesome, congrats!

  17. Julia @ Pennies & Paper

    August 26, 2015 at 6:00 am

    I just went from an internship to a job! It’s definitely doable, especially with these awesome tips. (Networking is the worst sometimes, but so vital!)

    • Lexi Bollis

      August 26, 2015 at 9:02 pm

      I agree, networking can be the worst, but it really is sich an important skill to learn. Congrats on your job, thanks for reading!

  18. Courtney Inkpen

    August 26, 2015 at 4:14 pm

    These are some great tips! If I ever get the chance to intern, I’ll keep this in mind.

    • Lexi Bollis

      August 26, 2015 at 9:01 pm

      If you do, you’re sure to impress! 🙂 Thanks for reading

  19. Lexi Bollis

    August 26, 2015 at 9:01 pm

    I completely agree!! Thank you for reading!

  20. Lexi Bollis

    August 26, 2015 at 9:05 pm

    Thank you, I’m very excited! Sounds like the experience went well for you, which is great 🙂

  21. Lexi Bollis

    August 26, 2015 at 9:06 pm

    I totally agree! Showing that you fit in and you want to be there is huge. Glad you liked the article, thanks for reading!

  22. Lexi Bollis

    August 26, 2015 at 9:07 pm

    Internships really are so important! And you’re right, even if you don’t stick with the same company you still learn so much valuable information. Thanks for reading!

  23. Lexi Bollis

    August 26, 2015 at 9:10 pm

    That’s an important part for sure! Taking initiative is vital.

  24. Lexi Bollis

    August 26, 2015 at 9:10 pm

    Thank you! 🙂

  25. Lexi Bollis

    August 26, 2015 at 9:11 pm

    Thanks!

  26. Lexi Bollis

    August 26, 2015 at 9:11 pm

    That’s great to hear, good luck to you in the future! Thank you for reading!

  27. Lexi Bollis

    August 26, 2015 at 9:12 pm

    Thank you!

  28. Ally Gagliardo

    August 27, 2015 at 2:11 pm

    These are great tips! Something I’m definitely going to need in the future!

    • Lexi Bollis

      August 27, 2015 at 2:18 pm

      Glad you think so!!

  29. Nancy Laws

    August 30, 2015 at 7:13 pm

    Awesome awesome advice! Congrats on the job

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