Summer’s ending, and so are summer internships. As you trade in your office-appropriate heels for campus-friendly flats, it’s time to start thinking about the next step in your career. Whether you’re a recent grad finishing up your summer internship and looking for a more permanent position or you’re still years away from graduation but in love with your workplace this summer, a job offer is the ultimate goal for many starry-eyed interns. HC talked to career experts to find out how you can turn your internship into a job offer in three key steps.
Step One: Leave a Lasting Impression
First and foremost, the key to presenting yourself as a potential future employee is being a superstar intern. “Think of interning as an audition or extended job interview,” says Mo Krochmal, social media expert and former journalism professor at Hofstra University.
What stands out about interns in employers’ minds? “They remember your enthusiasm,” says Debra Shigley, author of The Go-Getter Girl's Guide: Get What You Want in Work and Life (and Look Great While You're at It). Motivate your colleagues by bringing energy and excitement to work. Let your personality shine and don’t complain about menial tasks, forgo extra work to socialize, or overextend yourself where your help is unwanted.