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Turn Your Internship into a Job Opportunity

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An internship often can be a gateway to new job opportunities. The hard part is essentially over: you’ve got your foot in the door and you’ve got their attention. All you have to do now is impress your potential future employer with your hard work, commitment and assets.

Covering the basics should get you noticed and if it doesn’t, you may want to rethink your desire to work there in the first place. Making an initial good impression can start with showing up to work on time (a few minutes early, at least, so you’re ready to work on time), maintaining a positive and professional attitude, and proving yourself as a valuable member of the team.

Securing an internship can be just as difficult as securing a job (the process is mostly the same), but once you show up on day one, the real hard work begins. New interns should develop as thorough an understanding of how the organization works as possible and note the skills different employees demonstrate that help them stand out. One of the best ways to get valuable information and make equally valuable connections can be to talk with your coworkers about their jobs. Also, if the internship requires learning industry-specific or proprietary tools, do everything you can to master them quickly.

Prove your commitment to your employer by going the extra mile, even on the little things. Maintain positive relationships with your coworkers and boss(es) and they should take note of how wonderful it was to work with you. Come hiring time, interns that stand out can often be shoe-ins.

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