I Want To Turn My Paid Internship Into A Job

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I Want To Turn My Paid Internship Into A Job

Q: Hi Lauren,

My name is Alessandra and I am a recent graduate and current paid intern. My company had told me when I was hired that the internships usually ran 3 to 6 months before they hired, if they hired, someone on for salary.

It&s been almost four months and although I am aware it could go to 6 months, they haven&t given any indication as to what they are thinking.

However, they have scheduled me to staff some events in July, which is well beyond the 6 month mark. My parents want me to keep sending out resumes but I am hourly and going on interviews elsewhere would cut into my work time and time being paid. I was wondering if you had any advice. I follow you on Twitter and thought you&d be the perfect one to go to about this issue. Thank you for your time.

Best,

Alessandra

San Francisco, CA

A: Hi Alessandra,

Yes! You have come to the right place. Here is what I think you should do:

1. Be very professional and schedule a meeting with whoever your direct boss it - the HR director of internship coordinator at the company. If you normally communicate via email - schedule via email. If you normally communicate in-person, speak to them in-person about arranging a time to meet and discuss your internship.

2. When you meet make sure you are overly sincere and say that you wanted to sit down and speak about the progress of your internship. Tell them that you know you are approaching the four - five month mark and you&d like to know what you can do to increase your chances of turning the internship into a full-time position.

3. Let them speak.

Good luck. This is step one. Lets see what happens!

Let us know!

xx Lauren Berger

"The Intern Queen"