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Turn Your Internship into a Full-Time Job

One of the reasons you’re interning in DC is because you have an interest in government—or at least an interest in the fringes of government that help the nation run smoothly. While working here, you’ve learned how exciting working in the capital can be.

And maybe you want to turn this internship into a full-time career. Well, today I’m going to share with you how to do that.

1) You’re a champion!

Whether you work in a coffee shop or the White House, every workplace has a good gossip—someone who goes around speaking highly of those they deem worthy. This person will naturally help you impress management and possibly land a full-time job.

Once you identify this person, your goal is to ensure that they know that you’re doing well in your position. Become their champion, and let them carry the tales of your accomplishments to management!

Very efficient 🙂

2) Make friends!

Naturally, your chances of getting a job offer are higher if you make friends in the workplace. People like to work with people they get along with. And if you’re fun to work with and personable, people will want to keep you around for longer than just an internship.

When you’re getting to know your coworkers, let them know that you are interested in a full-time position here. This news will travel and do nothing but good for you!

3) Be abusy bee!

Most interns will have downtime during the day. That’s just part of being an intern. And instead of trying to look busy, try to actually be busy.

This will require some initiative on your part. You can take it upon yourself to offer project ideas to those above you, or perhaps you can ask for more work, whichever you prefer. But whenever you have the opportunity to do extra work, always frame it as though you’re happy to help, not that you have nothing better to do.

Be busy, my bee! I have faith in you 🙂

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