When most college students apply for internships, hopes are high that the internship will eventually result in a job.
And for good reason: According to a recent study by Southwestern University, college students who complete an internship during their college career are 13 percent more likely to land a job after college than those who don’t.
If you’re just starting your internship this summer, or you’ve been at it for about a month now, what do you hope the outcome of this internship to be? Have you considered turning your internship into something bigger? Like a j-o-b?
So you can turn your summer internship into a job offer, consider these proven tips that will make your employer say, “Hey, let’s talk about keeping you on…”:
The best interns are individuals who are go-getters and don’t wait around for their boss to give them more assignments. Valuable interns ask for new projects and volunteer to help others. Showing initiative is also the best way to show your manager and coworkers your value.
Seek Learning Opportunities
Although your internship is an enormous learning opportunity, it’s a good idea to look for ways to learn new skills. For example, ask your manager if they’re involved with any professional organizations or if they can help you learn a new skill you’ve always wanted to learn. This is a great way to show your enthusiasm and eagerness to learn during the internship.
Be Honest With Your Boss
One of the most important things you can do during your internship is to be honest with your boss. Especially if you are feeling overwhelmed with the workload, don’t hesitate to share. Your boss and coworkers are here to help you succeed and likely would be more than happy to give you guidance. You just have to make sure you speak up.
Try, Try and Try Again
Not every assignment you’re given will be pulled off flawlessly. You have to realize there will be hiccups during your internship that might cause you to become discouraged. However, if you want to show you’re a strong intern, take on every challenge as an opportunity. This will show your boss your dedication to improving and gaining valuable experience.
Learn From Your Mistakes
Let’s face it, there’s no such thing as a perfect intern or employee. It’s human nature to make mistakes, but the trick is to learn from those mistakes. Chances are you’ll probably do an assignment completely wrong during your internship. Just make sure you hold yourself accountable and improve for next time.
Ask for Feedback
Every manager is different when it comes to providing their interns with feedback. Some managers will do monthly reviews while others will give you real-time feedback. Whatever style your manager has, don’t hesitate to ask for feedback if you haven’t received any yet. If you’re wondering about your performance, ask your manager for insight on how you’re doing so far.
Deal With Problems Immediately
If there is a problem or setback that has been preventing you from accomplishing your tasks, confront it immediately. There’s no reason to let a problem fester when it can be solved by speaking up or asking for help. Whether you make a mistake on a project or a piece of technology broke while you were using it, make sure you seek guidance immediately.
Do More than Expected
Whenever you see an opportunity to help others, don’t hesitate to lend a helping hand. Research shows workers who help others are actually happier with their jobs. Not only that, but it also boosts morale in the workplace.
Take On a New Project
If you want to be a fearless intern, you must be willing to try new things and even share your ideas. If you have an idea for a project your employer hasn’t thought of, make sure you speak up. Interns often think they don’t have the ability to make a difference during their internship. However, the reality is, employers want their interns to express their ideas and contribute to the overall success of their organization.
Be Your Best Self
During your internship, allow your manager and coworkers to see the real you let your character shine through! Don’t be so focused on being perfect during your internship. In fact, you should allow your character and personality to blend into the work you do. A big part of your internship is based on the relationships you make, so don’t be afraid to be yourself.
Keep a Positive Attitude
Your attitude is everything during your internship. Even if you’re under stress, do your best to have a positive attitude. You will encounter challenges during your internship, but if you approach them in a positive way, it’ll be easier to conquer those roadblocks.
Prove Yourself Dependable
Employers want to work with interns who they are confident will follow through with tasks and projects. Show your employer you’re dependable by arriving to work on time, having the willingness to volunteer for new projects, and helping others. This doesn’t mean you have to say “yes” to everything, but make sure your actions show how committed you are to your position.
Try implementing some of these ideas during your internship. Because when the summer comes to an end, you never know what opportunities await you!
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About the Author: Heather R. Huhman is a career expert and founder & president of Come Recommended, a career and workplace education and consulting firm specializing in young professionals. Follow her on Twitter at @heatherhuhman.