Turn your internship into a job

Continuing with the theme of internships that I started two weeks ago, today we’ll look at advice on how to turn your internship into a job. This comes from Anita Bruzzese, author of 45 Things to Do That Drive Your Boss Crazy … and How to Avoid Them (which sounds like a pretty interesting book!), and it’s based on suggestions made by Yair Reimer, vice president of marketing for the CareerArc Group. What you’ll fine here are suggestions for demonstrating that you’re someone the organization should think seriously about keeping on after your internship is over, so in many ways this is quite similar to what I’ve been writing about for the past two weeks: making the most of your internship.

1.  Ask questions.

Asking questions shows your interest in the organization, your desire to contribute, and your willingness to learn.

2. Keep your eyes wide open.

What Reimer means by this is actually what I’ve talked about in terms of networking. He’s saying you should look for opportunities to talk with people in the organization and learn who they are and what they do.

3. Speak up.

Reimer suggests that you make sure people know that you’d like to work at this organization. You never know who may be able to pull some strings to get you consideration for a job, or even to create a position for you, if they’ve been impressed with your work.

4. Don’t expect perfection.

Oddly, this particular suggestion is how to handle the situation where you were given a job after the internship, but you don’t like it! Reimer says it can be worth it to stick with this type of job if you like the organization and there’s the possibility of an internal transfer to a job that’s more interesting to you.

5. Don’t jump into a bad fit.

Again, this suggestion isn’t helping you turn the internship into a job, it’s just telling you to use the internship experience to determine whether you even want to work in that office (or that company, or even that industry). Internships are great not only for the skills you develop but also for the opportunity to learn what’s important to you. This is where paying attention to the corporate culture comes in handy. You’ll learn how you feel about things such as lengthy meetings, teamwork, short lunch breaks, casual dress, flex time, and so forth.