Here are five steps that will have hiring managers stumbling over each other to hire you full time.
- Complete all assigned tasks -- It’s your job in the first few weeks (after getting acclimated) to take all tasks/work head on, completing them as efficiently as possible. This will help your manager determine your productivity and how much he/she can expect you to complete each week.
- Ask questions about each task to make sure you’re doing it 100% correctly -- We’ve covered this before but it still holds true. As you’re getting acquainted with the work, ask questions. It’s important to show that you care about your output.
- DON’T sit around wasting time if your manager hasn’t given you enough -- This is often a common pitfall for interns and junior employees. You’ve just started at a new job and your manager doesn’t give you enough work, so you assume you’re good to hang out until the next round of work comes your way… WRONG.
- Ask your manager for more work -- This is your opportunity to ask for more work and more responsibility. If you’ve proven that you’re productive and have asked questions to perfect your output you’re perfectly poised to take on more. Everyone loves to hear “How can I help?”
But… if your manager doesn’t have any more work, there’s still something you can do:
- Build a relationship with another department -- It’s important to ask your manager first, but this is your opportunity to diversify your resume without needing another internship. If you’ve run out of work and there isn’t any more for you to do, you can go to a different department and see if they have any slack that needs picking up. Be careful though, this new department should be relevant to yours or a part of a similar workflow. Also, it should just be to fill time, NOT to take you away from the work of your actual internship. The worst thing to do is make it seem like your hate your work by dedicating more time elsewhere.