Earlier in the summer, I landed an internship to a dream marketing company and was recently brought on as a full-time employee. (Yay!) Looking back, interning was most certainly the right path for me to get my foot in the door of the industry and secure a job with my company. However, with more and more people applying to internship positions, getting brought on afterwards has become quite the competitive ordeal. That said, here are a few tips to help you turn your internship into a full-time job.
Your Work Matters
Realizing this from the get-go is important. Companies often look at internships as a sort of “tryout” for a full-time position. Your boss will be checking to see if you’re a good fit for the company, and one way of doing this is by checking your work and work ethic. Show them that you value the work given to you by doing your best on every assignment. It won’t go unnoticed.
Show Your Strengths
Interns oftentimes provide just as much value in the workplace as seasoned team members. While I was working as an intern, a senior team member gave me some great advice: find a way to make yourself irreplaceable. It’s an intimidating statement, but a well-advised one. Evaluate your strengths and how they can be applied in ways that bring value to the company. If you’re a good writer, volunteer to write for the company blog, type up notes from a meeting or edit a coworker’s work. Let what you’re good at shine.
Don’t underestimate the power of human interaction and your ability to bring a fresh burst of energy and perspective to your job. More than likely, your coworkers will want to get to know the real you. Keep in mind that a work’s culture is built by a company’s values and individual personalities, including your own. Your colleagues will notice any positive additions you bring to the atmosphere.
Remember, an internship can be more than just another trophy on your résumé; but first, you must work hard to make yourself irreplaceable.