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Turning an Internship into a Job

via LinkedIn Learning


Turn an internship into a stepping stone for your career. Learn how to find the right internship, network at your new job, and negotiate a full-time position.

Internships provide a strong link between academic institutions and the professional world. As an intern, you have the chance to explore, develop skills, build a network, and gain firsthand industry knowledge. And everyone tells you that an internship is the way to a full-time job. But how do you actually do it? Join Valerie Sutton as she explains how to turn an internship into the stepping stone for your career. This course shows how to evaluate an internship to determine whether it provides the skills you need, what you can do on the internship site to increase your value, how to maintain your networks until you're ready for a full-time position, and finally how to go in for the full-time ask.


  • Welcome
  • Exercise files
1. Considering an Internship
  • Timing of internships
  • Evaluating the opportunity
  • Paid vs. unpaid internships
  • Credit vs. non-credit internships
2. Finding the Right Opportunities
  • Established programs
  • Creating your own opportunity
  • Practice-based courses
3. Increasing Your Value On-Site
  • Setting expectations
  • Focusing on success
  • Tracking project performance
  • Networking
  • Promoting yourself
4. How to Maintain Your Networks
  • Managing your contacts
  • Building professional relationships
  • Seeking advice from your networks
5. Asking for a Full-Time Position
  • How to get a referral from a previous internship
  • How to negotiate a full-time position
  • Helpful resources

Taught by

Valerie Sutton

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