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Turning Your Summer Internship Into A Job Offer

Jan 24, 2008
Do Your Part

You may be only a summer intern, but that shouldn't stop you from acting like an regular employee. Get to work on time and finish up projects before you leave the office. Don't leave early unless it's very urgent and don't take extra liberties. Resist the temptation to join the group of people who take their jobs for granted. Don't talk on your cell phone at work or take long lunch breaks, unless you have cleared it with your supervisor first. Above all, avoid office politics and don't engage in office gossip.

If you prove your worth in the office and behave like a valued employee then everyone will appreciate you and your work. This in turn will compel management to consider you for a full time job.

Be Generous And Pay Your Dues

Generosity pays - so act like an employee and take extra assignments and tasks to showcase your skills. Sometimes you may have to take a less glamorous job during your internship, but do not neglect your work and do that work with full sincerity.

Lower your expectations about how exciting an internship will be, as this can soften the blow of being asked to do "grunt work". Don't balk on any given tasks and do the work with a smile on your face, as people generally remember a gracious and well-behaved and hard working person. A smile can open many doors.

Exceed Expectations

Sometimes as an intern, your tasks may be limited to menial as well as clerical jobs. Don't despair - keep your spirits up and be ready to take on any odd job with a smile and go beyond the call of duty.

If you see someone in the office staying late or hear an employee being overburdened with work, try and share the burden. Go out of your way and ask for new assignments. At first, you may not be given important assignments, but when your managers see your sincerity (and abilities), they may start giving you important tasks. Your initiative will be remembered when important tasks come up.

Be Management-Friendly

Your day-to-day routine may not permit you to be friendly with all the staff. So remember make small talk with everyone, especially your manager. Make sure they know that you are sincerely interested in the company and its goals - and you may just be rewarded with a full time job when your studies are completed.
About the Author
Tony Jacowski is a quality analyst for The MBA Journal. Aveta Solution's Six Sigma Online offers online six sigma training and certification classes for lean six sigma, black belts, green belts, and yellow belts.
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