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Video:Tips for Turning an Internship Into a Job

with Mat Bussler

An internship is an opportunity to get in the front doors of an organization and make an impression. Get some tips for creating that good impression and landing a job in this video from About.com.See Transcript

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Transcript:Tips for Turning an Internship Into a Job

Hi, this is Mat Bussler for About.com, and today we're going to talk about tips for turning an internship into a job.

Impress Employers with Your Professionalism

One of the biggest opportunities of an internship is the chance to turn that limited position into a full-time job. Be sure to impress people with your professionalism. Consider your internship an extended job interview, and always show off your best side. Dress sharp and show real enthusiasm for any and all tasks. Learn the organization's rules and follow them closely. You want all the team members to realize what an asset you are to their organization.

Do Quality, Timely Work

Whatever task someone has you do, do it right and do it in a timely fashion. If there's something that you don't understand, ask one of the employees for guidance. An organization will expect you to ask questions in order to do a better job; they're not going to be so impressed with guesswork. Finding out the correct answer will build your reputation as a producer of quality work.

Learn About the Organization

Learn the organization inside out. What are the organization's goals? Look for ways to help them accomplish their goals. As an intern, one of your best assets is a fresh pair of eyes. Is there something you see that could help that organization grow? Suggest it. The more insight you have, the more they're going to want to make you part of that organization's future.

Extracurricular activities and learning can help, too. If you're in school, consider taking classes that specifically help address the goals of your organization. And let them know! They'll appreciate this kind of long-term thinking.

Ask About Open Positions

And don't be coy. If you want to stay on with the company, you don't have to dance around the issue. Let your internship supervisor or mentor know how much you're enjoying yourself at the organization, and how you could picture yourself in a long term role. Ask how you need to develop yourself to earn a permanent place there.

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