How to Turn Your Internship Into a Job in 5 Simple Steps

internshipGood news, interns and internship lovers. You are getting job offers at record levels this year!

According to the Wall Street Journal, about 72% of interns received offer letters at the end of their internships up from 58.9% in 2015. 

So how did they do it?

Well, maybe they were just lucky. But we think they probably followed some of the rules you’re about to read. And not just any rules…

Levo talked with millennial career expert Jill Jacinto to get the scoop on what interns should do to turn that stint into a full time gig. 

Be Proactive

Jacinto says, “Now, more than ever managers are looking for self-starters. Do not sit back and wait until work is handed off to you. Always seek out ways in which you can help the company. Something as seemingly meaningless as reorganizing the break room, sorting out inventory, filing press lists will help the company in a major way.”

Be Interested

We’ve already talked about doing more than just the task at hand, but also take a look at the industry of the company you so very much want to work for. Get to know the different roles in the company, analyze your competitors, research the company’s history. You may have just finished school but real life requires homework also.

Don’t Act Entitled

It isn’t a true stereotype of millennials, but it is one we are plagued with so don’t give any of your superiors any ammunition. You have to walk a very line between confidence and also being super humble.

Volunteer

Is someone going to be out on maternity leave,  do they need someone to do check in at an event, or do the social media at a conference? Let that someone be you. Don’t hesitate to raise your arm. Show that you are willing to learn and help the company in various different departments.

Be Very Clear

You need to make it well known that you would like a job at this company. After all, if you aren’t clear about your objective, how will they actually know? You want to make it known that you want to be more than intern.

Get in Their Face

But not in a bad way. You should reach out to connect with people at the company on social media but also shake their hands when you are leaving and write a good old-fashioned thank you note.

Get the Details

Jacinto says, “Once you have a job offer, schedule a meeting with their new employer. They should be very clear about the goals and accomplishments that are expected of them, the time line of the internship and how they can succeed to put them in the running for an entry level job with the company. Unfortunately, I’ve seen many companies hire a bevy of interns and keep them at that level for years – do not let that happen to you.”

So you want to turn your next (or current) internship into a job offer? Follow these rules… starting today!

 

For this post, we’d like to thank our friends at Levo.

 

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