By Naimeesha Murthy
World Education Services
Internships may very well be the secret to finding a full-time job. Not only does an internship help you get your foot in the door of a company, but the hands-on experience and networking opportunities also look priceless on a student’s resume.
Every summer, multiple internship positions open up and interns pour into offices. Oftentimes, the very best ones put their heads down and land a real full-time job offer after a few months. Here are six tips to improve your chances of landing such an offer at the end of your internship.
1. Exhibit a “can do” attitude:
Pass the attitude test, and you will be well on your way to success. Attitude speaks loud and clear and makes a lasting impression, so make sure that yours is one of your greatest assets. Take on tasks assigned – no matter how small – with enthusiasm. Take the initiative to acquire new skills. Accept criticism graciously and maintain a sense of humor.
2. Meet deadlines:
Always assume the responsibility to ask when an assignment is due. Doing so will help you understand your supervisor's priorities and manage your time accordingly. Alert your boss in advance if you will be unable to meet expectations. This will show respect and professional maturity.
3. Take your assignments seriously:
Build a reputation for being dependable, diligent and accurate in your work. As an intern, you will generally start out performing smaller tasks, asking a lot of questions and learning the operations. Your internship supervisor knows that there will be an initial learning curve and will make allowances for mistakes. Learn from your errors, and move on to your next task. From there, your responsibilities and the expectations of others are likely to grow.
4. Be a team player:
Learn how your assignment fits into the grand scheme of things and keep a keen eye on getting the job done. In today's work environment, success is often defined along the lines of your ability to get along and interact with others. You're a winner only if your team wins.
5. Be flexible:
Accept a wide variety of tasks, even those that may not relate directly to your assignments or those that may seem like grunt work. Your willingness to go the extra mile, especially during "crunch time," will help you pave the way to assuming greater responsibilities.
6. Have Fun!
Last but not least, enjoy learning, sharpening your skills and developing professionally and personally. Participate in work-related social functions and become an active member in your work community.
Even though this phase can be stressful, try to remind yourself that everything will work out. And if you don't get hired, it's not the end of the world. There are other opportunities that might be even better than you could have imagined. So take a deep breath, and embrace the journey.