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Asked by Nathalie on February 16, 2017

I am currently a college student in an internship. One of my graduation requirements is to do an internship; however, my current internship is remote. I communicate through online messaging through a team application with my boss. I would like to ask my boss about possibility extending this internship and take it for college credit. Any suggestions on how I should approach this?

Answered by Ashlyn, Hiring Expert at Worthington Industries, on March 8, 2017

If you class allows for a remote internship I think it would be a great idea to talk to your manager about this. I would start by stating that you have been enjoying your current internship and have learned many things (perhaps list a few of these things). I would then mention that your major requires an internship and ask if they would need additional assistance in the upcoming months. I would also let them know of their expectations. Do they have to complete forms? Are they going to be required to give a report on how you performed, etc.

Good luck! 

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Answered by Ashley, Hiring Expert at Cardinal Health, on March 8, 2017

I think this is a completely fair question to ask your boss! If you communicate over the phone, I would recommend approaching the subject next time you are on a call with him/her. If not, I think an email is acceptable as well. Frame it up as you are enjoying your internship thus far and would be interested in extending your internship if this option is available. It wouldn't hurt to add in that you are also required to complete an internship for college credit and based on your experience with the company to date, you think this would be the perfect opportunity. Don’t be discouraged if your boss says no. The company may not have the capacity to continue to support an intern so don’t take it the wrong way if your boss does not want to extend your internship.
I think it is also important that you understand the requirements with your school. Are you able to complete the internship remotely? Will it still count toward your college credit?
Best of luck!

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