The average rate at which an intern converts to a full-time hire is 56 percent. Sometimes it's not up to the intern-- some companies just don't offer full-time jobs because of a lack of entry level roles. However, most companies who have internships do so with the goal being to fill their entry-level full-time pipeline-- so the chances are that if you're in an internship, the company is open to hiring you full-time.
That said, here are some tips we have for interns who are going into their final weeks of their internships -- because it's not too late to make a lasting impression!
1. Start writing a recap of your three biggest accomplishments and your three biggest learnings.
In your second to last week, send a note to your manager and any other leaders you work with, recapping the main accomplishments you've had in your internship and what you learned.
Don't worry about coming off as if you're being egotistical -- you aren't. A great way to share this is by including the accomplishments in an email where you share how grateful you are to your manager for hiring you.
This will simultaneously show your appreciation and highlight all that you've learned and the contributions you we able to make to the team. Wherever possible try to quantify the positive impacts of those accomplishments, as opposed to just being anecdotal. Being able to explain the impact you've had in a quantifiable way is always a great way to show value. It's good to do all of this during your internship instead of waiting until after the fact, because you'll have all the details fresh in your mind.
2. Meet with HR to understand the intern conversion process.
Every company has a different process for converting interns to full-time employees. Meet with the HR team to voice your interest in joining the team full-time and to make sure you have an understanding of what that process is at your company, as well as if there is anything you need to do to formally be considered.
3. Write down contact information so you can maintain relationships you've made.
You don't want to leave an internship, get cut off from their email system, and then realize you don't have anyone's email addresses so you can keep in touch. Make sure you write down everyone's information that you would want to keep in touch with so that you can actually do so after you leave. Try sending a quarterly update to those you worked most closely with, so they can keep you in mind if/when they hear about a job opening that you may be a good fit for.
4. Write thank you notes.
Having an intern on your team is very rewarding, but also a lot of work. Write hand-written thank you notes that you give to each of your team members on your last day, thanking them for taking the time to teach you what you've learned. It's a nice way to end on a high note.
5. Don't slack off and stay strong until the final hour.
Remember that people often remember employees by how they leave more than the accomplishments they had during their time at a company. Even if you finish your last project on your second-to-last day, spend that last day trying to find ways to help anyone on the team you can. Managers will remember your commitment, and it gives more opportunities to learn until the final moment.