Dear Experts, I began my internship in September as a part-time, unpaid (for-credit) intern. When I graduated in December, they offered me a 6-month, full-time, paid internship, which ends in July. I really like working here, and I work really hard to put out quality work. My questions are: · How soon should I send an email to my VP (the main hiring authority) about wanting to sit down and talk about my future here? One of the things I like about this job is that I have a lot of access to senior-level employees. My VP’s office is just behind my cubicle, and he’s become somewhat of a mentor here. · How should I structure it? What would be the main points to hit, and what to avoid? · When I do sit down with my VP to discuss this, how do I avoid sounding cocky or desperate? I’m proud of my work, and think I have offered a lot and have a lot more to offer, but I don’t want to sound like I can save the world, you know? · Would salary negotiation be out of the question for an entry level, new grad in this economy? I’d actually like to get hired before the end of my internship, if possible, since the money is not good and I’m really struggling. Our Twitter Advice Project (T.A.P.) is no longer an active campaign. To find an answer to the above question, please use the "Search" box in the right-hand column of this website.
April 13, 2009