An internship experience is a bridge between the sweet ol’ student life and the professional employee! It’s a unique opportunity to taste-test a work environment before you actually commit and, of course, it’s an opportunity to experience the ‘real world.’ Here are few things to keep in mind if you’re looking to turn your internship experience into a career.
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…
With just 16.6% of seniors having received a job offer as of April 15, the paid internship is more important than ever before. According to a recent study conducted by InternMatch, students with a paid internship are three times more likely to have job offers than students with unpaid internships. Of course, this means that there’s a very good chance you’re a recently-graduated senior who is doing a paid internship in the hopes it will lead to a full-time position. This also means you’re sniffing out any potential sign of how you’re doing. In hopes of uncovering some signs I may have missed, I asked some of my previous internship managers and bosses what changes occur when their intern is doing a particularly good job.
A Summer internship is a fantastic way to put the skills you’ve learned in the classroom into good use. A summer internship will boost your CV, give you the chance to build lasting professional connections, and could potentially lead you into an incredible full-time job offer.
Internships are no longer about temporary summer help at the office. Instead, they’ve become proving grounds for future employees. Think of it as an extended interview. In this case, a 400 hour interview!
If you’ve visited online job boards lately, you’ve probably noticed most companies have high expectations. Nowadays, it’s practically required that you already have some professional experience before landing an entry-level job after graduation. A popular way to gain valuable experience is to complete a quality internship. But to compete well in today’s marketplace you need multiple internships.