10 Tips to Turn a Summer Internship into a Full-Time Job

Summer internships are a major milestone on the way to beginning your professional career. While there is no guarantee there will be a job offer waiting for you at the end of the summer, here are some tips to increase your chances!

Dress for Success

Your clothes are part of your first, and lasting,  impression – so learn your company’s dress code prior to your first day. Build your wardrobe around a few key stable pieces in basic colors, and they switch up the daily outfits with accessories – ties, jewelry, shoes, etc.

 

Write Everything Down

Whether it’s notes from the morning meeting or your coworker’s lunch order – write everything down. Not only will this help eliminate errors by allowing you to go back and check your information, it will also allow you to go back and better absorb what you heard.

 

Create a Morning Routine You Can Stick With

Mornings are rough – but getting into a set schedule everyday not only makes them easier, but more productive! Whether you start the day with a run, a few minutes of meditation, or simply enjoying coffee and the morning paper – pick something and practice it every day!

 

Invest in a Day Planner

While you’ll have your email-linked calendar, there is something to be said for keeping a handwritten planner. You’ll have all of your appointments, reminders, and notes in one place – even if (gasp!) your smartphone battery runs out.

 

Learn (and remember) Everyone’s Name

Not only is the polite thing to do, it also shows you are genuinely interested in becoming part of the team, even if it is just for the summer. Gestures like this may seem small, but they have a lasting impact and may even distinguish you from the other interns.

 

Don’t be Afraid to Ask Questions

The whole point of the internship if for you to learn and grow as a professional in your field. No one expects you to know everything! Take this great opportunity while you’re surrounded by seasoned professionals to learn as much as you can from them.

 

Come in Early

Early bird gets the worm, and early intern gets the job. We’re not saying you have to be an hour early each day, but even arriving 15-20 minutes before your official start time is definitely going to get people’s attention. Not only that, it will give you a chance to ease into your day without feeling rushed.

 

Leave Late

There’s a saying in the business world that you should never leave your desk until your boss leaves theirs. Trust us, we know how tempting it can be to run out right at 5pm – especially when happy hour is calling! But take an extra few minutes to finish up the project your working on, clear out any unneeded emails from the day, or to get ahead on tomorrow’s work.

 

Pack Your Lunch

Not only will this save you valuable work time, it will also save you tons of money! The lunch rush can be so unpredictable, and what looks like a 5-minute wait could easily become 45. You don’t want to be that intern taking lunches longer than your boss.

 

Enjoy Your Time There!

All work and no play can make for a very boring summer. Most companies set up different events for their interns throughout the summer such as baseball games and happy hours, so make sure take advantage of them! While you’re busy kicking starting your professional career – don’t forget to still have fun!

Family Activities to Do in the Spring

Spring is here! Warmer weather, longer days and blossoming flowers are on the horizon. We know you want to take advantage of this beautiful season, so we are providing some fun family activities to do in the spring. With new plants sprouting and the warm sunshine finally making an appearance, outdoor activities are always a fun-go to in the spring. Don’t worry, we know there are those rainy days as well so we’ll provide sunny day activities as well as a fun rainy day activity.

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St. Patrick’s Day Desserts

It’s finally March! That means it’s time to break out the shamrocks and pots of gold because St. Patty’s Day is right around the corner. Whether you’re having a big celebration or just keeping it mellow, making St. Patrick’s Day desserts will get you in the holiday spirit.  Don’t worry, not every recipe requires green food coloring. (Rainbows are also a huge part of St. Patrick’s Day.) Lucky for you, we found some festive desserts to help you celebrate St. Patty’s Day.

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Cinnamon Recipes to Warm You up this Winter

With six more weeks of winter on the horizon, we wanted to offer some tasty recipes that will warm you up. Cinnamon is such a staple flavor during the cold months. Instead of having the usual gingerbread cookies or cinnamon buns, we wanted to highlight some new spins on cinnamon. We found sweet cinnamon recipes and savory cinnamon recipes, so you can have cinnamon from appetizers to dessert! Get ready to spice things up with these fun, innovative dishes.

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DIY Valentine’s Day Gifts

It’s February, which means Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching. If you want to get your special someone a gift, but don’t want to make a huge dent in your savings, a DIY Valentine’s Day gift is the way to go. With a DIY gift you’re putting more effort (but less dollars) into the present – which will score you bonus points with your significant other. DIY gifts are a win/win. We scoured the web and found three unique and adorable DIY Valentine’s Day gift ideas that are easy to make. Get out your scissors and glue and get ready to add some love to your crafts!

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DIY New Year’s Eve Decorations

It’s already time to start thinking about your New Year’s Eve party! This year flew by in a blur. All of a sudden it’s December and you haven’t had any time to plan for your party. Now that it’s less than a week away from New Year’s Eve you’ve realized you haven’t picked out any decorations and a lot of stores are closed for the holidays. Not only that, but who wants to spend loads of money on decorations you can only use once a year? That’s why we’re here. We are going to share a few easy and festive DIY New Year’s Eve decorations that will make your party planning easy and won’t break the bank.

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