17 October 2009

From Internship to Paid Employment

Most internships do not turn into paid jobs. That would imply that every company were expanding, every year, and hiring only from the intern pool. The more realistic picture is that a company may hire just one or two interns; and a small company may never hire an intern.

But if you land in the perfect internship, can you try for a job there? Yes! Be realistic about the prospect of going on salary as a regular employee but also put your best foot forward. (The worst that can happen is that you are told no, but your realistic expectation will have you prepared for that possibility.)

On a more optimistic note, outstanding interns have the perfect opportunity to demonstrate their value. Your own self-evaluation is important: can you point to your contributions? Can you tell a manager how you can bring even more value as a regular employee?

Don't hesitate to say, "I would like to work here." It's amazing how many job applicants forget to say that. And it's a statement that managers pay attention to!

The content on this blog is not offered as legal advice or guidance. Consult your college, advisor, or internship supervisor for help with issues surrounding internships. © 2009 Mary Bold, PhD, CFLE. Dr. Bold is a co-author of the book Reflections: Preparing for your Practicum or Internship, geared to college interns in the child, education, and family fields. More about Dr. Bold can be learned at www.marybold.com

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