From Internship to Fulltime

Thousands of interns across the country are on the downhill slide as summer internships end in August at varying times.  Let’s face it; one of the top questions on their minds right now is whether they can turn their internship into a fulltime offer.  Okay, that is assuming everything is going well. 

Statistics show that the number of companies that hire their fulltime employees from their internship pool is dramatically rising.  Current interns who want to secure a fulltime offer from the company where they are interning are hopefully kicking their “star quality” into high gear for their employers.

There are some very simple steps current interns can take to answer questions and better position themselves as viable fulltime candidates and secure an offer early this fall if not before they even complete their internships. 

  1. NETWORK:  I can hear the groan already.  Get to know people within the company and not just in your department.  Introduce yourself to assistants and learn more about the other departments.  Talk to other interns within the company and see what they are doing and learning.  And let us not forget the ever-important hiring managers. 
  2. SHOW RESULTS:  Make sure that your supervisor and coworkers see what you can do for the company.  Play an integral role in your internship projects.  Offer to help wherever you can.  Make sure that you do not leave a single loose end or allow anyone to pick up your slack. 
  3. BE INTERESTED:  Read my previous blog for more on this.  Be sure to learn as much as you can and be inquisitive about a project as a whole or the company in general. Be interested in what other people do and what they bring to the table.  Get to know the history and future goals of your projects.
  4. GET IN THE KNOW:  Find out if your company will be hiring fulltime from their internship pool.  In the current economy, some companies that have historically hired from their interns may not be able to do so this year.  Ask.  Also, ask about the process and the expected timing for making decisions and sharing offers. 
  5. TELL THEM:  Believe it or not, this is the one thing that most job seekers forget.  Tell the employer you would be very interested in receiving a fulltime offer and tell the employer why.   
  6. BE PREPARED:  The years of college students having weeks if not months to make job offer decisions are really over.  Employers want to know quickly and sometimes almost immediately especially from their interns.  If you do receive a fulltime offer, be prepared to give the employer quick response.   

The collegiate job seeker needs to be ready for a hurry up and wait recruiting year.  While you will be receiving offers as per the employer’s needs and calendar, you will also have to make your decision within their schedule needs and not yours.  Don’t be anxious, but be ready.  The best way for interns to be ready is to ensure this 10-12 week job interview you are experiencing is stellar.  WOW your internship employer.  Your goal is for them to see you as a candidate they cannot afford to lose.

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One thought on “From Internship to Fulltime

  1. Kirk Baumann

    Cindy,

    Great post this week! I agree with your points on internship preparedness. It really is an extended interview!

    College students and current interns – here’s a great resource for networking: #internchat on Twitter. It’s held every other week (next one is August 3rd – 8pm CST) and brings together interns, students, recruiters, career services and other professionals into a forum for discussion about all things around internships. If you have questions about the chat, please feel free to contact me via Twitter (http://twitter.com/kbaumann) or check out my blog, Campus to Career (http://campustocareer.wordpress.com).

    There’s great value in networking if you come with a plan and do it right! See you there.

    Kirk

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