Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on Friday, April 17, 2015
It is great that you have found an internship at a company with which you would like to start a career. It is a bit tricky about when to bring up a full-time job offer during an internship. It does not always happen this way, but a best practice that many companies utilize is to make offers to their top interns before the end of their internship. I would recommend that you first focus on establishing yourself and your brand with the company. In other words, first go in and work hard and show them that you are a top performer. Once this has been established after several weeks, then it is OK to politely ask your manager or recruiter what that company's process is for hiring their interns to full-time roles. If you are a strong performer, chances are they will want to hire you anyway.