Friday, April 19, 2013

Internship Tips for Young Adults (and Giveaway)

Internships have long been encouraged among college students and recent graduates. The tough part for students is knowing how to turn the internship into a full time job. Christie Garton is the founder and CEO of, online resource and networking community for high school and college-aged women. With its "100% Behind You Commitment,” the company give 100% of its profits to the Open Door Foundation, which supports young women in their academic and career pursuits. Having mentored and helped numerous young women secure their dream jobs over the years, Christie has great insider advice on how to score that full time job opportunity.

1. Go above and beyond. Always do what you're assigned before your deadline. If you're finished ahead of time, ask for a new task. This helps you prove to your supervisor that you're efficient and energetic about your work, which will help you in the long run.

2. Look the part. It's easy to tell which interns take their internships seriously by just looking at how they are dressed. You don't have to be a fashionista to get this part right ... just follow the basic rules of appropriate dress. If you do this, you'll be taken a lot more seriously, and you'll fit in to your work environment, which is an important step if you want to get hired someday.
 3. Stay in touch with your adviser/supervisor. Interns float in and out so quickly that it can sometimes be hard for them to keep track of who worked when! Make sure to stay in contact with the people you felt most comfortable with during your internship. Drop them an email every now and then to catch up and make sure they know you're interested if a position opens up. By nurturing this relationship, they are sure to remember you -- and potentially recommend you for a position -- long after you're gone.
4. Ask for a recommendation letter before you leave. This will come in handy down the road when you're applying for a real job at the company since it's coming from an internal source. If you've got the support of  someone who works there, it's a good indicator that you would fit in well long term.

5. Ask a current employee you trust for advice. Hiring is different from company to company. Some companies really value promoting from within, while others care more about finding the best candidate for the job. Get advice from someone who knows what you need to do to get the job! And definitely don't pass up on the opportunity to arrange an informational interview with someone from Human Resources, if possible. After all, they have a huge hand in who gets hired!

One lucky US reader will win one copy of U Chic: The College Girl's Guide to Everything and a UChic student planner. To enter, leave a comment with your best new job/internship tip. Deadline is April 22nd.

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