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Asked by Maura on February 3, 2017

I started interning at a company where I would really like to work full-time. How long is an acceptable amount of time to intern before I approach my supervisor about possible job opportunities?

Answered by Ashlyn, Hiring Expert at Worthington Industries, on February 6, 2017

This is a great question. I always suggest to students to let employers know right away if they are going to be seeking full time employment after the internship. It shows engagement and eagerness to make a name for yourself and sets the stage for management to consider you for any full time openings should they come about. If you've just started at an organization, I would wait until your manager or peer asks you how you're liking the role- that's always a good time to mention you'd love to work full time upon graduation. If people aren't actively engaged in conversation with you, set up a time to chat with your manager about this.

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Answered by Traci, Hiring Expert at Accenture, on February 9, 2017

Congrats on the internship! I don’t really know that there is an official acceptable amount of time to wait to ask about full time opportunities, but I do agree that if you have found this company to be a great fit, you should definitely plan to have the conversation. If you worked with a recruiter to get your internship, this is the perfect kind of question to reconnect with him/her about. Some companies will bring on interns with the goal of hiring them full time at the end, but not all. If you didn’t work with a recruiter, a great time to have this conversation with your supervisor would be during a performance review or mid-point check in. Personally, I think waiting until about halfway through your internship will allow for a more robust conversation about why you think you are a fit for the company and why the company is a fit for you. This kind of conversation a little later in your experience, one in which you have a great idea of what may be asked of you, what company culture looks like, and if it’s a fit for your career goals, will make for a conversation in which you’ll really be able to demonstrate that you’ve given it some thought based on actual experience!

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