It is possible to turn an internship into a real employment opportunity. There are many people who first set their feet into certain organizations as interns, and then ultimately ended up being given real jobs in the same organizations. It is important to appreciate the reasons as to why organizations run internship programs: which is where we come to learn that one of those reasons is that of ‘talent-spotting’ – that is, identifying new potential employees, from the ranks of the interns. The potential employees who are spotted in that way are subsequently given opportunities to come in as conventional employees. That is how, for instance, you can first go to a company like Walmart as an intern, and then subsequently find a conventional job there, once you complete your internship. I have actually heard that the manager at My Walmart outlet (the one in my neighborhood) got into the organization that way.
So, how do you go to about turning an internship into a real employment opportunity?
Well, if you wish to turn an internship into a real employment opportunity, it is critical for you to ensure that that you do the tasks assigned to you (as an intern) perfectly. This is the only way to prove yourself, which is critical, if you are to move from being an intern, to being an actual employee.
Further, if you wish to turn an internship into a real employment opportunity, it is critical for you to ensure that you relate well with the people you will be working with. You should go beyond interacting with them as ‘colleagues at work’, and actually try to convert them into friends. You should see one of the objectives of internship as that of networking. You should try to get mentors, while going through the motions of internship. These are the people who will help you join the ranks of mainstream employees, in the organization, once you complete the internship program.