Signs your internship won’t turn into a full-time job

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internNeither of you have expressed interest in you staying

If you haven’t told your manager how much you enjoy working there — and how much you’d love to stay on as a full-time employee and continue contributing to the team — maybe it’s a sign you don’t really want to stay. Your manager will pick up on this, and probably won’t offer a job to someone who doesn’t seem interested.

If you do bring it up, but your manager doesn’t seem enthusiastic or optimistic about it, this isn’t a great sign.

You responsibilities haven’t changed

When a company plans on offering an intern a job, they often start transitioning them during the internship. The more responsibility they give you shows that they are happy with your work and ready for you to grow in your role.

If your workload never seems to increase, you may want to start looking for full-time employment elsewhere.

Your boss isn’t introducing you to others

It’s not a great sign if your boss and colleagues aren’t introducing you to clients and executives within the organization, as that shows they might not yet see you as a long-term member of the team.

You’re not being taught new things

If your boss was thinking about hiring you on full-time, they would be starting to teach you more and more about how things are done in the company. If they don’t care to invest their time in training you, it means they probably know deep down you don’t be staying.

You haven’t been performing well

Maybe your manager has told you so. Or perhaps you just know your work doesn’t meet their expectations. Either way, it’s probably not going to end well for you.

If your manager has needed to sit down with you two or more times about issues in your performance, then they may not see you as someone that can excel in a promoted role.

What to do if the signs are all there

If you feel pretty strongly that a job offer isn’t coming your way, step up your game and talk to your boss.

Express how much you enjoy working there, remind them of your accomplishments and the value you add, and tell them you’d like to work there full-time.

Ask if there’s anything you can do now to increase your chances of securing an offer.

If they say no, thank them for everything they’ve taught you and for the opportunities they provided.

Whatever you do, don’t be bitter and burn bridges. Exchange contact information with your manager and colleagues, and stay in touch. You never know when you’ll cross paths again in the future.

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