Kid Have An Internship This Summer? Here's How to Make It Last After Graduation

If your kid's wrapping up her internship soon, here's something to think about: experts say to end it with a bang, not a whimper.

According to newswise.com, an employer is more likely to offer a graduate a full-time job if she's had an internship prior to graduation, by about 20%, up from 12/6% five years ago.

And colleges, which know this, are amping up their abilities to get their students these kinds of early job opportunities.

I had two internships early in my journalism career and I know that one of them led directly to a job two days after I graduated at my local newspaper, where I'd had one of the internships.  

"Soon-to-be-seniors are hoping to land the job offer before crossing the stage in May and performing well in an internship that matches their skills and interests can make that happen," says Patrick Sullivan, an expert in career education who focuses on internships at Wake Forest University.

But even if students perform well in an internship, the ability to turn it into a full-time job can all go up in smoke if they don't end it with a bang, says the web site. 

  • Find time to meet with your supervisor before the last day on the job.
  • Share what you've learned. 
  • Highlight your successes.
  • Ask how to improve your skills.
  • Tell your manager you want to join the organization.
  • Stay up-to-date on the organization (follow it on Linked-In) and in touch with mentors.
  • Follow industry trends.
  • And probably most important, a hand-written note thanking your supervisor for the internship can go miles toward making her remember you.



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