When picking internships to apply for, people generally gravitate themselves to companies that they can see themselves working at in the future. Landing an internship with your dream company can be a great first stepping stone to landing the perfect job right out of college, but what exactly do employers look for when determining if you are full-time material? After researching and asking the employers around me, here are the top traits that turn an intern into an employee!
1. You put in an effort in the office.
Even though this might seem like a no-brainer, it’s a very important point to emphasize! If you are constantly putting 100 percent into your work, it won’t go unnoticed. This is a great first step to achieving full-time material.
2. You take your work seriously.
If you don’t take the work seriously, why would your boss EVER consider keeping you on after your internship? Going along with putting in effort, if you take your job seriously, it will not go unnoticed.
3. Be up for anything.
Yes, even the busy work that no other intern was willing to do. Sometimes being a “yes-man” in the office shows that you are a go-getter and are up for any challenge. This also might broaden the type of projects you are assigned because you have shown your boss a wide range of tasks you were willing to do! Whether it’s taking notes during a meeting or going on a coffee run, say yes to everything.
4. Have a positive energy.
When your boss or your coworkers think of you, you want to make sure that they are left with only positive, happy thoughts of you. Creating a positive environment is a factor that a lot of companies put emphasis on, so why not make it easy on them by always coming into work with the glass half-full?
5. Keep in touch.
Say your internship ends, but the company doesn’t have any open jobs for you. What do you do? Keep in touch! They might not be ready to hire you now, but odds are something will open up, and if you keep in touch with them every so often, you will be in the forefront of their mind when it comes to filling the position! Remember, something as simple as an email can work wonders.
Be sure to keep these traits in mind during your next internship!
Libby Karman is a third year at Ohio State majoring in strategic communication and minoring in theatre. She enjoys yoga, theatre, fitness classes, essential oils, spending time with friends and family, and traveling to new places.