With the internships coming to an end, the one thing that some of you may have on your mind is, “How am I going to wrap everything up and try and turn this internship into a full-time offer?”. While this can be an intense question to think about, there are some things that you can do to get a feel for the potential and make your interest known.
It’s not uncommon for companies to start having these conversations with their interns before they leave the company to go back to school. With that being said, it’s important to keep in touch with the people at the company instead of just waiting to hear from them. This will show them that you take the initiative and are interested in the company. It will also help you to be remembered and give you a better chance of being placed sooner rather than later. Going along with the keeping in touch, it’s important to continue that networking that you’ve hopefully been working on throughout the entire internships. The more positive connections and relationships that you build with both the people on your team and in other departments, will help you stay in touch with the business and could also help make you known. You never know what doors these connections could open for you now or down the road after you’ve already been working for a couple of years.
Make sure that you finish strong with the internship and don’t slack off even though the summer may be over, and you’re headed back to school and your friends. Keep in mind that you’re still very much expected to give the company your all and learn up to the moment that you walk out of that door on your last day. It’s the least that you can do for the opportunity that they have given you this summer. In addition to that, make sure that you are continually talking to your manager and set up a meeting with them to discuss all of the things that you did well and can improve on in the future. This will help you develop yourself further and make you more marketable as an employee, but it also shows your willingness to learn and better yourself.
Finally, make your intentions known. If you are wanting to move on into a special rotational program or certain role in the company, don’t be afraid to set up a meeting with someone who oversees that program or an HR person to discuss that. Make sure that you’re not coming off too aggressive with it, but just show an interest. Ask good questions that will provide you with helpful information about how that job or program works. Inquire about interviews or potential opening and understand that while they may not be looking for people at that moment, you are showing interest can help you get that job in the future or a role that is similar in the meantime.
All in all, there’s nothing wrong with making your goals clear to someone in the company. A lot of time people make the mistake of not discussing their desire to work at a company and so they miss out on an opportunity that could have been theirs if they just spoke up. If you feel uncomfortable about bringing these topics up, lighten up the mood by getting lunch or coffee with the person and make it less formal by making it more of a chat and not a meeting.
Good luck wrapping up your internships and make sure that you get the most out of these last couple weeks!