/ Asked by Kendall
Hello I am graduating in the spring 2014. I have already accepted an internship for the summer and but I recently saw that a couple of entry level positions have opened up at this same company. Should I still apply for these positions now or finish my internship then apply for these same jobs if they are still open. I really see long term growth in this company and would like to become part of the family.
Answered by Kellie, Hiring Expert at Emerson, on Thursday, January 16, 2014
Usually when positions are posted online they are looking to fill the job now. (The company may not be willing to wait until you graduate in May/June.) So, if you haven’t already you might want to call the HR Recruiter for your summer internship.
Keep in mind that this could be a difficult conversation because they might get the impression that you are not committed to the internship position you already accepted. To ease into the conversation you may want to start by stating that you are interested in the company and can see yourself working there full-time. Then you could ask them if they could provide clarity on what full-time options you have after successful completion of the internship -  will you be considered for any open full-time positions or do you have submit individual applications to the positions you are interested in? At that point you can mention that you saw “XYZ position” posted on the website and it appears to be of interest after completion of the internship. After bringing up these points to the HR Recruiter you should have a good idea on how you should proceed with full-time applications.
Answered by Jennifer, Hiring Expert at Verizon, on Friday, January 17, 2014
I definitely agree that you can discuss with your recruiter, but be cautious and reiterate your interest in the internship. Some companies have processes for converting interns into specific positions upon completion of the internships, so your company may already have something in place to care for this. However, if the process is that you need to apply to openings online, the recruiter may also be able to guide you as to positions that would fit your background. Best of luck!
Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on Friday, January 17, 2014
It is a good idea to discuss this with the recruiter at this company.  I would not apply until you have had this conversation.  Explain that you intend to honor your commitment to the internship, but that your ultimate goal is for a long-term employment situation at that company.  This last part about commiting this this particular company is important.  It lets them know that although you are interested in a full-time position, you want one at this company.  Showing this dedication may persuade them to either delay filling this full-time position until your internship is complete, or simply hire you to another full-time position at that time. 
Answered by Sharon, Hiring Expert at Mutual of Omaha, on Monday, January 20, 2014
I would reach out to the recruiter you've been working with to get some guidance from them. They know their organization best. You'll want to honor your acceptance of their internship, however, if they feel you are qualified for the full-time opportunities, they may be open to that discussion. They should also be able to give you some guidance about what full-time opportunities would be available after your internship.
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