After students graduate with their Bachelor's or Master's Degrees they don't become successful managers or top-notch executives right away. Usually, there is a long way before they get to the managerial level. At the beginning of this way right after the graduation goes internship. No reputable company wants to hire a graduate without actual experience. Internship then is a great opportunity for job seekers to gain valuable experience in order to grab the attention of hiring authorities and become a full-time employee.
How to Become a Successful Intern
It is important to succeed during an internship if one wants to get a job. The question then is how to be an intern that will grab the attention of hiring authorities? What should one do to become a full-time employee at the company? The very first thing an intern has to realize that it is extremely important to develop transferable skills (communication skills, planning, research, problem-solving, etc). One can utilize these skills in any business environment; therefore, you won't lose anything if you choose to concentrate on such proficiencies.
Internship assumes that those are skills obtained during actual work experience which makes it practical and attractive for the companies. The initiative is the second key to internship success. Many graduates underestimate the importance of such experience; therefore they don't want to work hard by doing everything they can. Being passive and waiting for someone to ask you for help cannot be worse characteristic for an entry-level employee. If one doesn't want to perform well on an entry level, he/she will never do so in the team of managers. Don't wait for someone to help you; anticipate the company needs and demonstrate initiative in meeting those needs before someone asks you for assistance. Another important characteristic most hiring authorities pay attention to is the capability of meeting deadlines consistently. It may not sound like a big deal, especially considering the fact that you won't be assigned with responsible tasks. However, if interns are able to be faithful in little tasks they may be noticed by managers and offered full-time employment.
Lastly, show professional growth and progress. It is important that HR managers can see that you are growing in what you do. This includes how you react to negative feedback. Even if you have faced failure or just didn't do something well, try to learn from it. Obviously, we don't give any guarantees that if you follow the aforementioned recommendations you will automatically get hired or will be proposed to pass an interview. However, we see such tips as a great opportunity to increase one's chances of getting hired.
For more insight, check our article on how to get the most out of internships.