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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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Answered by Brittany, Hiring Expert at ManpowerGroup, on July 19, 2017

As Soon As Possible! 

Congratulations on finding a work environment you are comfortable in and would like to contribute, professionally. This is usually a much longer road for many so you're well ahead of the game. The next step is to look into current positions within the organization -- Which roles are you interested in? Which ones do you need more experience to attain? What steps do you need to take to achieve those career goals? 

I'm guessing that you won't be able to answer these questions 100% which is perfect -- that's when you schedule a meeting with your direct supervisor and let them know your findings and aspirations. Not only will it show that you are interested in staying with the company, it shows that you are serious, taking responsibility for your career and already preparing for what's next. Another bonus of doing this is that it makes your supervisor's role in this that much more clear and therefore easier, which they will appreciate. 

Best of luck!!

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Answered by Christianna, Hiring Expert at BNY Mellon, on July 31, 2017

From the moment you enter the door as an intern, put your best foot forward. Take action in becoming recognized as a candidate for future opportunities. Take advantage of your internship by beginning to develop your personal brand and by networking with others (when appropriate) throughout the company.
Most companies regard their internship programs as a pipeline investment into the future talent of the organization. If an opportunity to convert to a full time role is not defined, you should consider scheduling a meeting with your manager or with a member of the recruitment team at the mid point of your internship to let them know of your interest in obtaining a full-time position in the future.

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