4 Tips for Turning Your Internship into a Full-Time Job

If you absolutely love your summer internship, take the time to transform your position into a permanent role. Follow these four tips to turn your temporary position into a full-time job.

An internship is a fabulous opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge you need to excel in your chosen career paths after graduating from an HBCU. Although many internships are temporary positions, with the right approach, you can work your way toward a permanent role at the company. You just need to position yourself as a driven, career-minded professional to capture the attention of the hiring manager. Follow these tips to elevate yourself from temporary hire to long-term employee.

Gather Background Information

Before you go for a full-time position, perform in-depth research about the company and its competitors. You can use news stories and business journals to begin your research journey, but do not forget to perform your own interviews with department leaders and managers. Your research can help you plan your career path and determine how working for that company will help you reach your goals.

Make a Great Impression

When companies open the doors for internships, many new faces come and go. You have to work hard to stand out from the crowd and make a great impression on every person you meet. Introduce yourself to everyone on your team and take the time to attend work events whenever you are invited to come along. Use networking tools to create a solid and lasting connection with the people you meet.

Pursue Specific Professional Goals

Set professional goals that you want to complete even before applying for a summer internship. As you work, review your goals and see how the tasks align with your expectations. You should keep track of your completed projects so you can update your resume and tackle interview questions with ease. When you apply for a full-time position at the end of your internship, you will need this information to win out over the other applicants.

Take on Any Task and Show Your Proficiency

Even after creating a list of professional goals, remain willing to complete any task thrown your way. Keeping a positive attitude while working will gain the attention of the higher-ups, including the hiring managers. Make sure to do your absolute best to complete the tasks assigned to you with proficiency.

Tapping into Your HBCU Resources

If you need help furthering your career goals, or you simply want to pursue additional education opportunities, contact the team at Arkansas Baptist College today. You will always be able to find the support you need while applying for a summer internship and beyond, from the student affairs and admission teams. Get into contact with your support team by calling 877-643-5390.

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