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Asked by Tanya on March 27, 2017

Are there certain characteristics you look for in interns that allow them to more easily transition into full-time positions?

Answered by Ashlyn, Hiring Expert at Worthington Industries, on March 27, 2017

Hello!
There are a lot of things that we look for when it comes to considering interns for full time employment. We always like to see interns coming into work with a positive attitude and eagerness to learn. If you prove that you're willing to go the extra mile and submit the best work possible, we notice that. I would say overall just be positive and taking on new challenges. Show that you are interested in full time employment and how you would be a valuable asset to the company.  Best of luck to you. 

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Answered by Claire, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., on March 29, 2017

Hi! There are a few factors that might indicate an intern would receive a full time opportunity with a company. Employers will notice interns who come prepared to work every day but also willing to learn as much as possible from the internship. Interest in the company and willingness to go the extra step can go a long way when an employer is considering full time candidates. If you are interested in a full time role with the company you are interning with, I would suggest building your network and asking full time employees about their job and why they like working there. This may help give you an idea of a full time role you’d want to pursue. Best of luck!

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Answered by Traci, Hiring Expert at Accenture, on March 30, 2017

Absolutely…but this varies by industry, company, project, and the list goes on. In general, most firms are looking for an intern to take full advantage of the opportunities afforded by the intern experience, whatever those may be. It may be the case that all you have to do is show up and put your best foot forward, and that is great, but also think of ways that you can expand upon the experience by asking or exposure to new things above and beyond the scope of what you’ve been brought in for. Are there calls you can join to gain a better understanding of a certain topic? Maybe it’s a networking event you can ask to be a part of. In general, demonstrating curiosity above and beyond your day to day, in any number of ways, to establish that you have a genuine interest in your position as a career is a great start! Remember, while your busy being a rock star intern, the experience is as much about your needs and goals as well. Do you want to work for that firm now that you’ve gotten to experience their culture? Is this the type of work that excites you and you have a passion for? Be on the lookout for something that is a true fit!

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