Every year, there are between one and two million Americans that work as interns. (BusinessInsider.com) That is a large amount of individuals in limbo between student and full-time employee.
Stuart Lander, chief marketing officer at Internships.com stated that, “Results tell us that at a time when 54% of recent graduates are unemployed or underemployed, the best chance you have as a student not to be part of that statistic is to do an internship. You also have a 7 in 10 chance of being hired by the company you interned with.” (Forbes.com)
Seeing that internships are a foot in the door with most companies, it is vital that interns are able to navigate their way to turning their internship into a full-time job opportunity.
From my experience as an intern at Dominion Enterprises, it is crucial that you find the people that can answer your questions and how to utilize outside resources to help you learn. This will be your greatest asset.
In order to assist all interns reap the most from their own time at Dominion Enterprises (or any internship), I have formulated a list of 10 ways to help interns self-improve and gain real-world knowledge they will need to land their first full-time job:
What to remember when at your internship:
Things that may change when interns start a full-time job:
– You may feel like you have a split-personality somewhere between intern and employee. This is normal and it will wear off. Read more about this in this topic in an article about Imposter Syndrome.
– You will feel a burden that comes along with the “Full-time employee” title. It will feel like you’re in the scene from Jurassic Park where you see the water trembling in the car, except you will be the glass of water trembling. Just be confident and continue to work hard.
– If or when you leave Dominion Enterprises after your internship, expect organizational culture differences. Do not settle for a culture you do not mesh well with.
– You will change (hopefully). It is important that you continue growing and aspire to progress in your career. Have a career plan and stick to it.