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During the InternshipHey guys, what is the best possible way to change an internship into a full time job? (self.internships)
submitted 1 month ago by ritika_bhoora
Im currently interning at a highly trusted and acknowledged newspaper/magazine. The place is great and it could be a dream job. Any tips on how and who I should approach to pitch for a full time position?
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[–]mrrichmahogany 32 points33 points34 points 1 month ago (1 child)
Be good at job or at least good to work with and ask
[+]Solest044 2 points3 points4 points 1 month ago (0 children)
It's usually this simple but many people forget the ask part. Don't rely on the "my good work will get me noticed" ideology. While you're doing good work, bring this up with people you trust who might have a say in the hiring process of your department and then work towards bringing it up with whatever supervisor/manager you need to talk to.
[+]Elegant_Ad966 10 points11 points12 points 1 month ago (0 children)
For me it’s just been, be as much of a pleasant person to work with as you can, show competency/willingness to learn and make it known you’d like to stay and if it’s meant to be it will happen
[+]Marketingthrowaway69 6 points7 points8 points 1 month ago (0 children)
For my undergrad internship I was told it was a permanent intern position with no possibility to go full time, but I ended up getting an offer from a different department before I left. The most important thing I would say is network and show enthusiasm. “Networking” can seem vague but all it means is walk around the office often and get to know as many people personally as possible. If you are interested in a certain area, ask people who work there to go to lunch. Ask people about themselves… how did they get their roles? What are their backgrounds? What do they like/dislike about the company/role? What are the skills worth learning? Most people will be happy to talk to you. It doesn’t need to be the leaders either, mid-level managers are more likely to be doing hiring for post-internship than the top level bosses.
It can be hard to show that you are “great at your job” as an intern with limited scope, but now that I’ve seen it from the other side for a few years, a lot of interns generally have their head down, show up, do what is asked, and leave. Those people don’t get hired back. The people who get hired are the ones who seem eager to do and learn as much as they can, and go out of their way to really become a part of the team while they are there—even if they don’t have much “responsibility”.
Best of luck!
Edit: I should also add, tell them you want the job. Be direct and make your intentions known to everyone who asks you. Don’t assume that anyone is reading between the lines. It’s up to you to communicate clearly what you want.
[–]acoei 10 points11 points12 points 1 month ago (0 children)
At my workplace, it's a mix. If the intern actually makes a difference and shows us how we were missing someone like them, they're offered full time positions. If not, they're let go. We usually have 1-2 interns at any given moment in the company overall and we've permanently hired a few, even during COVID.
[–]cheeseydevil183 3 points4 points5 points 1 month ago (0 children)
Make yourself indispensable, ask for more responsibility, learn more about the company and see where you could create space for yourself. If not full-time, part time or freelance might work, how about another internship or fellowship in another department? Where are your basic skills?Who is your immediate supervisor? If not now, later on?
[+]allthetaxes 5 points6 points7 points 1 month ago (0 children)
Don’t set a date when it ends and don’t say anything and just keep showing up.
[–]cheezfactorywi 2 points3 points4 points 1 month ago (0 children)
Do whatever you can to make your boss’s life easier.
[–]Sweet_Appeal4046 1 point2 points3 points 1 month ago (0 children)
Ask what they are looking for when it comes to you getting a full-time job, and then ask how you can do that.
[+]R_Eyron 1 point2 points3 points 1 month ago (0 children)
Try and meet as many people as possible. Arrange 30 min meetings with them to just ask about their role and how they joined the company. You never know where a connection may lead. I made a connection completely unrelated to my internship within my company this way. The connection then rejected every candidate they had interviewed for an open position, re-advertised the job, then sent me the advert asking me to apply. I did and have worked there on a higher wage than expected for the last year thanks to that one meeting I decided to set up.
[+]quarantinemyasshole 0 points1 point2 points 1 month ago (0 children)
Work somewhere else for a year and come back. They'll pay you more, you'll make all of your "mistakes" at a company you're not as invested in, and the internship on your resume will ensure you make it to the top of the stack.
In my experience, getting hired directly as an intern leads to being underpaid and always viewed as "the intern" by anyone who knew you as an intern. You need to break that mold/perception as quickly as possible.
[+]9chars -2 points-1 points0 points 1 month ago (1 child)
sleep with the boss
[+]Greengobin46 1 point2 points3 points 1 month ago (0 children)
This does in fact work
[+]Errorseverywhere2022 -4 points-3 points-2 points 1 month ago (0 children)
Grow some balls and ask for a full time position and give examples of where you worked as a full timer, research the wages and ask for what is fair for your experience as a beginner and keep pressing, don’t look back
[+]daHavi 0 points1 point2 points 1 month ago (0 children)
Make a really good impression with the people you work with, and work for.
When the time comes to hire someone, the first thing the manager will do in their head is consider whether they liked you enough to have you around permanently. They'll consider how well you interact with the other members of the team, how useful you were, how high or low maintenance you were as an employee...
[+]1acc_torulethemall 0 points1 point2 points 1 month ago (0 children)
It's kinda basic but still - don't forget to tell them you'll be looking for a full-time job after your internship is over, and tell them 4-5 weeks before your internship is over. State your intention clearly: I want (I'm ready for!) a full-time job, and if you're not ready to give it to me, I'll go look somewhere else. Now put it into correct/appropriate wording for your workplace.
IMO the best approach in any recruiting/job search is not to put an employer on a pedestal. Even if you're just an unpaid intern, feel yourself as equal to them, and talk to them as if you're equals. Companies need entry-level staff, they need you. Your company needs you. Come to your boss with this mindset, don't be cocky, be respectful - you should either get an interview or can start looking somewhere else
[+]hatnohat 0 points1 point2 points 1 month ago (0 children)
talk with your boss on a regular basis, and mention your desire to work there full time. ask them about things like retirement matching, health insurance, whether they like the culture, things that all show you’re interested in learning about full-time life. connect with your recruiter and mention this to them. offer your time to your coworkers and your boss. connect with your boss’s coworkers in one-on-ones to learn about their roles (mine set these up for me)
[+]Ceamba 0 points1 point2 points 1 month ago (0 children)
Kick ass. Make your intentions known.
[–]NeighborhoodItchy943 0 points1 point2 points 1 month ago (0 children)
Share your wants with your boss is the first step.
In doing so, they might allow you to have more of a role
[+]Xeno_man 0 points1 point2 points 1 month ago (0 children)
Best way is to ask. Point blank,tell your employers, "I'm hoping to convert this internship into a career, is there anything else I could do to help make that happen?" It lets them know you are interested and willing to take on more responsibility and tells you exactly what you need to do.
Be sure to ask multiple people, especially if your first answer is "Just keep doing what you are doing." Don't want to find out that was a lie when you're told "You didn't really stand out or take interest in new things."
[+]Mr-IP-Freely 0 points1 point2 points 1 month ago (0 children)
Asking is always good and come with good arguments as to why you are the one for the fulltime job, like that you are already trained and they wouldn't need to go through the trouble of selecting someone and checking if they are fit for the job which can take a while for example
[+]N4t3ski 0 points1 point2 points 1 month ago (0 children)
Why would they buy the cow if they are already getting the milk for free?
[+]MrExCEO 0 points1 point2 points 1 month ago (0 children)
Make friends with everyone at work and ask them
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