Some college courses have internships embedded into their curriculum as part of earned credits. You can actually use this internship experience to land a permanent and possibly long-term job with a company you have been eyeing on for a long time. These tips can help you convert an internship program into an eventual career.
Target a company for internship that you plan to apply for later
Simply put, if you can prove your worth to a company while an intern, chances are that company may hire you outright or later, especially if you target a company that you have had eyes on for some time. Being an intern is a chance to enhance your job profile. The advantage for companies in hiring interns of course is that these interns have already been trained and have the practical experience for the required skills.
Do your job well
Naturally, when you start on your internship, you’ll first be show the ropes and undergo some training. Performance is the key if you want to make an impression later. Therefore:
Go beyond yourself
There is this term in the army, going above and beyond the call of duty. If you want to be noticed as an intern, you would be wise to do the same thing at work.
Be open about your future plans with the company
Be sure to tell your superiors that you are interested in returning to the company as an employee in a full-time position. You can tell them this early on during the initial interview once you’ve decided that this is the company you want to work in as entry-level after you graduate. Usually at the end of the internship there is an exit interview, so again make your superiors aware of your plans.