/ Asked by Tony
I have an internship this summer at a great company. I would love if they hired me. When should I bring this up with this them? How should I ask if they hire interns?
Answered by Cassandra, Hiring Expert at Verizon, on Friday, April 3, 2015
Congrats on securing the internship and now on to winning the job. There are a couple of options available to you in order to learn more about interns getting hired at this organization. I would suggest that you start with some research to determine if this company converts interns into fulltime employees. You can talk with the Career Services office on your campus, network with other students and alumni from your school that have or currently work with the company or do some online research to find out what the historical hiring trends have been with this employer. All of this will provide you with a level insight prior to reaching out to the company to ask the question.
So you've done your research and you still want a definitive answer on getting hired after the internship is over. As you complete your pre-employment processing for the internship, the recruiter or HR rep you're working with will ask throughout the process if you have questions; this is the time to ask when the opportunity is presented. Simply mention your excitement about the internship and you wondering if interns get converted to full-time employees after this assignment. This question will then allow you to ask about tips and qualities of a successful intern with the organization, as well. Note that some companies only provide experiential internships and if that's the response you receive know that you'll get a good experience this summer but would need to search for other employment options following the internship. Just think how much more prepared you'll be after having this internship if that's your experience. I wish you all of the best as you move forward with your career.
Answered by Kaitlin, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., on Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Before you go to your company directly about the conversion of interns to entry level positions you should do some research of your own. Depending on the company you will be interning with there could be students that go to the same school as you that might have interned with them in the past. They will be a great source for you to ask about the conversion rates. Career Services is another great resource for you to use.
Once you start your internship, your company might discuss with you the potential for your internship to turn into an entry level position. If they don’t discuss the potential opportunity for your internship to turn into an entry level job after you graduate, don’t be alarmed. Explain to the recruiter or HR representative that you are very excited about your internship and everything you will be learning. There is nothing wrong with mentioning that you will need to begin looking for a full time job for after you graduate. This can lead you into the conversation around the potential of the conversion of interns and if there is a possibility of it. I’m sure they will commend you for being proactive and thinking about future opportunities. Best of luck with your internship!
Answered by Ashley, Hiring Expert at Cardinal Health, on Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Congratulations on securing a summer internship! This is a great step toward getting your foot in the door at the organization. Some companies will tell you up front if they convert interns to full-time employment upon successful completion of the program. If it wasn’t mentioned to you up front, you can ask the recruiter or your manager after you begin working. I would recommend working for a couple of weeks prior to asking so you have a chance to “prove yourself”. If your manager sees you are a hard worker, he/she may be more willing to assist you with securing a full-time job upon graduation. Depending on the size of the company, you may be able to interview for a full-time position at the end of your internship or they may require you to wait until closer to your graduation date.
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. 
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