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Mary Barra, General Motors
General Motors' first female CEO sits in the center of GM's recall controversy today, but more than three decades ago, she was an engineering intern at a Pontiac factory, reports Fortune. Attending what's now Kettering University, a school known for its experiential work program, Barra graduated, earned her MBA at Stanford on General Motors' dime, and then rose through the GM ranks before being named CEO in January.
Lesson: Make a good impression at the company you intern with to maximize your chances of getting a job offer.
Michael True, director of Messiah College's Internship Center and founder of the professional skills development site InternQube.com, says interns can maximize their chances of getting a job offer by starting off on the right foot.
"Before they start, it would be helpful to refresh themselves with what are the products or services that this organization offers? Who are the key people involved in the organization? What's their strategy or vision?" True says. "(Students should) get a really good feel for that organization before they ever step foot in the door on their first day."