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College Internship: Chances of a Job Offer

Sep 15, 2008
During their last few semesters of college, many students start considering their career options. It is no secret that networking can help you land a job much more quickly but many students don't know how to go about making connections.

A college internship can be a great opportunity for you to make connections. If your boss is an influential member of your community, it would be extremely beneficial to get on their good side and show your capabilities. It is amazing the connections you can make in your community through just a few months at an internship college with some effort on your part. One way to show your capabilities to your boss can be done through your job performance at the college internship. When your boss asks for your opinion on something, speak up. Employers want to know that you are actively thinking about the job and how to improve and develop things. Voicing your opinion will show them you have confidence in your views and aren't afraid to communicate in your workplace. There is a fine line to walk here though because it would not be professional to voice your opinion in a negative way or other way where you have no authority that could damage your relationship with your boss.

If you are hoping for a job offer after you complete the college internship, you should probably ask your boss what the chances of this are. Of course, a job offer is always dependent upon your job performance during the internship college but you should probably find out if there will be any full time openings available after your internship term is over. If your main reason for taking on an internship college is the hope of landing a full time job at the same company after your internship, you should be sure there will be openings available so you are not wasting your time.

If you don't want to pursue a full time job at the same company as your college internship but are seeking a job elsewhere, it can be very beneficial to ask permission to use the boss from your internship as a reference. Before your internship is over, and if you are confident that your boss was satisfied with your job performance, ask their permission to list them as a reference for upcoming job opportunities. Employers that are happy with your job performance are usually more than willing to be references for future job opportunities. A positive reference can have a lot to do with your being hired for a new position, especially if your former boss is influential within your community.

Whether you are hoping to land a job at your internship company after your college internship has ended, or willing be looking for a career elsewhere, it is always beneficial to establish connections. Your internship employer can be a great ally in your job search, so find a way to get noticed and get on their good side to secure a positive reference from them after your internship has ended.
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