The Secret to How I Turned My Internship Into A Career

The Secret to How I Turned My Internship Into A Career

Background: I was a summer intern at Studley in 2008. With little prior interest in real estate and a complete lack of understanding of brokerage, I naively expected a structured training program that would culminate in a full time job offer. Neither of those things happened. And yet nine years later, I’m still at Savills Studley. Here’s how I did it:

  • Don’t ask stupid questions: Do you still think there’s no such thing as a stupid question? Wrong. Do your research before making a demand on someone else’s time. Save those moments for complex queries.
  • Volunteer for boring work: Does that project excite you? Great! Does that other project seem boring? Even better! The vast majority of jobs are mundane “blocking & tackling” exercises. That’s the truest exposure to any career and an area where you can add enormous value.
  • The internship is an extended interview: Do you want a full-time offer? The hard work shouldn’t stop when you accept the internship. I didn’t receive an official offer until after I graduated college, just in time to save me from going to law school. Your ‘hunger’ is constantly being judged and graded.
  • Facetime is very important: Avoid being out of sight and out of mind. Go to drinks with your full-time colleagues. Be proactive in developing relationships with junior and mid-level employees. Do whatever you can to be present.
  • Don’t overshare: We all nostalgically remember the benefits of an early-20s metabolism. But we don’t need to hear about your crazy night out with Karlie Kloss or your latest Tinder encounter. Keep it professional.

Do you think you have what it takes? We’re already thinking about next summer’s class. Comment below or email me at gmarans@savills-studley.com for more information.

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