8 Ways an Internship Can Result in a Paid Job

According to a recent study, at least 60 percent of paid internships turn into full-time jobs. Only around 30 percent of unpaid internships turn into paying jobs, but it remains true that many internships do often result in paying jobs. The percentage is so high because internships give workers hands-on experience in comparison to other graduates who only have classroom experience. Real world experience adds to a worker’s bottom line when it comes to getting a job after graduation. However, simply having the internship is not what lands a worker the paying job. The internship itself must be substantive and relational to the type of work the intern ultimately wants to do. Before accepting an internship, it is incumbent that a potential intern learns what the internship consists of to figure out whether or not it is worth the time in the long run. There are many ways interns can turn their internships into full time, paying jobs.

  1. Socialize and NetworkWorking for a company means that you are in a perfect position to meet senior leaders and make friends with others in the company, including other interns. Allow them to get to know who you are and what your goals are for the future because they cannot help you if they do not know what you want for yourself. It is a particularly good idea to determine which employees in the company are willing to mentor you or are interested in giving you additional information or training. When you foster these relationships, you will have one or more employees in your corner when it comes time to ask for a job. Additionally, be easy to work with and accommodating. This does not mean you have to be the first one in the door in the morning and the last one to leave, but it does mean that you need to stay busy during the day and remain engaged the entire time you are there.
  2. Speak UpYou should always be willing to ask questions when you need guidance. Asking questions shows that you are engaged and interested. Asking for clarification shows maturity and attention to detail, which speaks volumes to employers and supervisors. Employees expect interns to ask questions to learn and to be there to absorb additional experience in the field. Not asking questions makes others doubt whether you are cut out for this type of work or not.
  3. Set and Meet GoalsRoutinely scheduling time to speak with your supervisor about projects you are involved with or projects you would like to take on allows you to showcase your skillset. If you show a desire to learn a new skill, your supervisor can see that you are open to new tasks and eager to contribute to the team.
  4. Volunteer for Work/ProjectsIf you see that someone needs additional help or a call is extended for assistance on a project, volunteer to help out. However, do not overextend yourself, as taking on more than you can actually accomplish at a high level of quality can work against you.
  5. Keep in TouchEven after the internship period has ended, continue to reach out to the company and your supervisor. Send a hand written thank-you note and send follow-up emails every other month or so to maintain contact. This increases the chances that if there is a job opening, the employer will remember you.
  6. Do a Good JobTaking the job seriously and professionally says a lot about how you would perform if you were hired full-time. Whatever task you are given, do it to the best of your ability and take the time to jot down notes to yourself on outstanding accomplishments. For example, did your contribution to a team project result in a certain amount of saved money or time for the company? Quantifying your contribution and worth can come in handy when meeting with your supervisor or attending feedback sessions. This can also be converted into updated information on your LinkedIn profile down the road.
  7. Ask for the JobIf you do not ask for the job or make your employer aware that you want to work permanently with the company after the internship is over, you are reducing the chances of getting a job offer. Ask for a feedback session and during the session let the employer know about your goals. Ask about opportunities with the company after you have completed your internship or if the company has hired interns before. Even if there are not any job openings at the current time, you have at least made your wishes known to the employer.
  8. Attend Company EventsAttending company events allows you to meet others outside of your immediate department. This opportunity to extend your network can alert other offices to your willingness and desire to get obtain full-time employment with the company. While your current office may not have openings, there may be other departments within the company that could use your skillset in their offices. Extending your reach can increase the odds that at the end of your internship, you end up with a job for a company you like.