Often times, it doesn’t have to.
If you’re looking for a part time job while you’re in school, what’s better than sticking around a place you already love while gaining a resume full of experiences?
Prime your boss.
If you’re even remotely interested in sticking around the office, float the idea past your boss. There are often pockets of opportunity on the job where it makes sense to mention that you’re looking for an internship part time in the Fall or Spring. It’s also your chance to suggest jumping on a project that you haven’t worked with yet or the chance to create an all new project. That will show that you’re dedicated to the team and are thinking about the company’s future (and your own).
Consider your opportunity.
Once your boss has the idea in his/her head that you’re willing to stick around, in some capacity, it’s your job to determine in what capacity that would be. Is it the same position? Is it a different position on the same team? Is it on a different team? Internship experiences are incredibly important, so we’d urge you to get outside your comfort zone, try something new. It will help round out your resume, even if you’re only moving from something like Marketing to Business Development.
Well before your internship is over, schedule a meeting with your boss to talk about your experience, get feedback on how you can do better in the final month and then ask if he/she would entertain the idea of keeping you on.
Depending how the conversation goes, you’ll most likely have to follow up with your boss a week or two after the initial conversation. They may not have said yes immediately. This could be for a multitude of reasons, many of which have nothing to do with you. The follow up should be brief and to the point. Could be in your weekly meeting, could be over lunch, could be during a quick stop at his or her desk. Either way, make sure it’s in person. You want them to know how serious you are about sticking around.
You’ve got to float this by your boss before he/she starts looking for other candidates. Often times, if you’ve done a great job they’d be happy to keep you on. The effort that a company has to go through to find, hire and train a new intern, especially if it’s part-time is high. So, you’ve got the upper hand!