/ Asked by Ken
I recently had an interview for an unadvertised IT internship with a small but rapidly expanding company. I was more or less offered the position (which I'm very excited about), but the issue of pay never came up. My question is: when and how to do I ask whether or not it's a paid internship? I was going to send my "Thank You" email today (followed by a hand-written "thank you" note) -- should I include it in there?
Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on Friday, July 18, 2014
Although I would not include it in the Thank You correspondence, it is perfectly acceptable for you to inquire about pay if you have been formally offered the internship.  You should approach the topic in a separate conversation, preferably by phone, but do so in a way that does not sound like you are trying to negotiate.  In a polite manner, simply state something to the effect of 'this did not come up in our previous conversations, but I was curious about the compensation, if any, for this internship.  Can you share that with me?'  It depends on the company, but most internships are paid internships today.  You are perfectly OK to inquire about this.
Answered by Sandy, Hiring Expert at Archer Daniels Midland, on Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Good morning. It is not uncommon for salary information to not be discussed during the initial interview, therefore, I would not recommend you ask about pay in your thank you email. You indicated that the company “more or less offered you the position”, however, since no details of the offer were discussed, I’m assuming this was not a formal offer of employment. When the company is interested in extending a formal offer of employment, they should contact the candidate and provide details of the offer (including pay). If salary is not mentioned at that time, it is perfectly acceptable to ask if the internship is a paid internship (including the amount of pay) or if it is unpaid. Good luck!
Answered by John, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., on Wednesday, July 23, 2014
It is perfectly acceptable to inquire about the pay for the internship but I would not recommend asking about it in your “Thank You” letter.  If you do want to have a conversation regarding compensation then I would have a separate conversation over the phone.  I would agree with what Steve says when he states mention it in a polite manner and simply state that it has not come up in conversation but was curious about the compensation for the internship.  I know you mentioned that you were more or less offered the position but from your posting it didn’t seem like details of an official offer were given to you.  Once there is a formal offer in place is when you should be receiving information regarding logistics which includes the pay.  Good luck!
Answered by Nell, Hiring Expert at Pitney Bowes, on Wednesday, August 6, 2014
My advice to you would be to first send your thank you note to all involved in interviewing you. If they haven’t formally offered you the position I would caution on approaching compensation. If you are sure that the offer is there, then my recommendation would be to contact the person who organized the interview and ask about next steps, start date, and compensation. Good luck with your internship!
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