Ahhh, you've finally landed your dream internship. Now you can relax, right? Not so fast. You have a new task: Impress your employer so much, they won't want to lose you when the internship is over.
Many organizations regularly make job offers to graduating interns. It's also common for employers to keep on an intern as a part-time hire, especially if they are still in school. Even if your employer isn't hiring at the moment, you'll still want to ask your supervisor (and possibly other colleagues) to serve as a reference during your job search. They may also be able to help you land a job at another company... IF they know you will represent them well.
What makes an intern stand out? Show your dedication. Be on time, meet your deadlines, and communicate professionally with your supervisor. Realize that you have a lot to learn, but don't be afraid to offer your ideas. Ask lots of questions. And when you see something that needs to be done, however small, take the initiative to accomplish that task. Employers will remember interns who made their jobs easier.
EARNING CREDIT & TRANSCRIPT RECOGNITION
Another way to make the most of your experience is to earn credits toward your UMBC degree. The Career Center can help you determine if this option is available for your major/program. Students of all class levels and majors are also eligible to have their experience noted on their UMBC transcript through the zero-credit, pass/fail Intern Success Practicum. The Practicum not only provides an internship, co-op, or research experience transcript notation, but also professional development, support from a career advisor, and a performance evaluation from your internship supervisor.
EMPLOYER TIP OF THE DAY: "Think of your internship like a three-month job interview. We want to see who will rise to the occasion as a strong candidate for full-time hire."
WHAT'S MY NEXT STEP?
Once you've landed your internship, email the Career Center at email@example.com, or schedule an appointment through UMBCworks. We can help you determine your options for credit and make sure it is recognized on your UMBC transcript through Intern Success Practicum.
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