By Dr. Woody Published August 19, 2013
As summer winds down, many college students are leaving their internships and getting ready to head back to college, but how they leave their workplace experience can make or break future employment opportunities.
According to Internships.com, roughly seven out of 10 employers hire former interns for full-time positions. Companies view internships as a test drive, so it’s important students treat their opportunity as a time to showcase their skills and value to hiring managers.
According to a recent survey from Internships.com and Millennial Branding:
- 25% of students feel unprepared for the working world;
- 57% of students say internships are most important for developing business skills;
- Yet, 52% report that access to internships by their colleges was lacking.
For students looking to leave their internship on the right foot, the experts at Internships.com gave the following advice:
Go that Extra Mile. Always look for opportunities to volunteer for other projects beyond the responsibilities of your internship. Don’t be afraid to ask your boss or any other employees if they need help.
Engage. According to the Internships.com survey, 40% of college students report their reliance on technology has hindered their development of interpersonal skills. Success in the working world is about communication and establishing relationships, so an internship is a great opportunity to learn how to interact professionally. Every industry, region and company has their own norms when it comes to how people interact and work together, and it’s important to learn how to identify the culture and fit in.