I am a sophomore in college living in NYC and am currently working my second PR internship. Right now, I intern at a beauty PR firm and I am absolutely in LOVE with this internship. I think beauty PR is really my calling in life. Oh and it’s PAID! How amazing?
Like most internships, it only lasts for one semester. I really want to stay for the summer but I am not sure how to go about asking. I don’t want to look for a new internship because I feel like this one is perfect for me. We have three other interns and I have not told them about my desire to stay because I fear they will try to beat me to the punch. Please give me some advice on how I can properly ask to extend my internship into the summer months. Thanks so much in advance & I’m obsessed with your blog :)
First off, this is not the time to be shy. If you’re loving your experience, SPEAK UP. Because you’re right – your peers might beat you to it. It’s a rare experience to find a place you love working. Many interns might be surprised to learn that their managers can’t always tell if they are actually enjoying what they are doing.
As soon as you can, set up a meeting with the appropriate people. Go straight to your boss and the HR director and have a sit down to let them know how much you’ve enjoyed working there. This is your time to be vocal and say something before it’s too late. Straight up ask them if they would be willing to consider you as a summer intern candidate. At the end of the day, it can’t hurt and you definitely can’t expect them to automatically ask you to come back.
If they aren’t willing to take you on in the summer (don’t be surprised if so) politely ask why. Is it because of your performance? Or do they have a policy implemented to hire new interns each semester? If this happens, let them know you would love to be considered for an entry-level position once you graduate and keep in touch. Super important.
Best of luck – and let us know if you end up returning!