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Tips to Land a Full-Time Job through Your Internship

7 February, 2017

You’ve landed a great internship for the summer before you graduate.


You’ve landed a great internship for the summer before you graduate. You’re excited about your new opportunity and the possibilities it can offer you. You want to make the most of your summer and take advantage of the networking that is available to you. Beyond working hard, is there anything else you can do to ensure that you land a full-time offer at the end of the summer? Here are a few tips from some of CEB’s staff members, managers and former interns.

Set Clear Goals. Partner with your manager at the beginning of the summer to set objectives and measure your progress against them across the course of the summer. At the beginning of the summer, my manager and I sat down and talked about my personal sales goal for the summer, and how to break it down into daily and weekly milestones. It helped me operationalize my day-to-day and focus on the smaller things that would lead to the bigger outcome. By doing so, I was able to track my progress along the way, proactively modify my plan as needed, and have specifics on what I was able to accomplish.

Skyller J., CEB Intern Manager and Senior Commercial Support Manager


Check Your Work. As an intern, when I held myself accountable and conducted quality control of my own work before presenting it to my manager, I came across as a hard-working individual with a great work ethic and attention to detail.

Anandi R., Former CEB Intern and incoming Research Analyst


Manage Up. Managers at all levels tend to lead busy lives. Interns typically face times when managers are focused on other projects, deadlines, or activities. Managing up – the practice of politely nudging managers when you need feedback or guidance – is a great intern tactic to ensure summer projects stay on schedule. It also signals individual project management skills typical of full-time employees.

Will C., CEB Intern Manager and Research Consultant


Be Open to Feedback. I always tried first. Any time I was given a new task I made sure I understood it and gave it my best shot first. Then I’d ask for feedback.

Christina L., Commercial Support Manager


Getting the most out of your internship is important, but landing a full-time job at the end of the summer is a huge reward. Take the time to explore the company, network and perform your best. Taking your work and actions to the next level can really make you stand out. Standing out as a stellar intern can lead to you being a rock star employee. Are you a rising senior interested in a summer internship? CEB is now hiring interns.


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