🐰📰 Newsletter # 11 | How to get a full-time offer from your design internship
Strategies to land a job without needing to interview again
Happy Monday, Buddies!
We hope your August is off to a good start. Here is some new content to help you level up your design career.
How to land a full-time offer as a design intern
Internships are a great way to experience how it’s like working as a designer and to get your foot in the door. Sometimes, they can also lead to full-time offers without you needing to apply to another job. Here’s what you can do to maximize your chances of getting one -
⭐️ Be proactive with your manager: They can’t read your mind. Show your interest and goal of coming back. Find out what can you do to achieve that.
⭐️ Make the most of your intern fair / final intern presentation: Know your story and project well. For your story, you can share what got you interested in design. For your project, you can share what problem are you solving with your project, why you made those decisions, and who you collaborated with and what you learned from them. Also, connect with everyone who visits your booth on LinkedIn with a personalized invite.
⭐️ Network within your company: You can find people through interest groups (eg. searching topic channels on Slack), ERGs, events, searching people on LinkedIn, internal mentorship / buddy programs. When you’re meeting someone new, you can learn about what they do. You may even meet your future hiring manager this way! You can also ask them if they would recommend you to speak with anyone else.
⭐️ Connect with other interns: You can form support groups to learn about adulting. Better yet, you can strengthen the community by organizing gatherings and offering to help intern program managers. This helps you make more friends while gaining leadership experience.
⭐️ Document your learnings and accomplishments: It’s helpful to reflect what you learned. Self-awareness helps you level up as a designer. This additionally helps you prepare for future interviews and further builds your case for the high value you bring. You can also leverage that for negotiation. Better yet, you can even share your learnings (without violating any NDAs) on LinkedIn to help others and gain even more visibility within your company
For additional career resources, check out #❓faq-new-to-design on Discord. To ask experts questions, head to #👋ask-mentors and #🏢career-questions. We hope your job search adventures go well!
🐰 Written by Grace Ling
This month’s featured jobs are design leadership positions at Riva Health. They are designing the future of medicine.
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🎞 Event recordings
Future of design: trends, tech, and products with Design Theory with John
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How to maintain a mentor relationship as an introvert by Joyce
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