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Most interns are well into their summer internships by now – and those who have already graduated from college are starting to wonder if the gig is going to turn into a full-time job.
Ryan Kahn, a career coach, founder of The Hired Group, star of MTV’s “Hired” and author of “How To Get Hired,” says it’s important for interns to “start looking for signs of a job offer now so that they can strategize their next move, whether it’s internally or externally.”
Here are 12 signs your internship may not result in a full-time offer – and what to do about it:
Neither 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,” says Kahn.
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, says Kahn.
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,” says Kahn. If they don’t care to invest their time in training you, it means they probably know deep down you don’t be staying.
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You aren’t being invited to meetings or asked to share your ideas
Okay, so this isn’t always a sign you won’t get the job. Sometimes interns just aren’t included in big meetings or projects or conversations.
But if your manager invites other interns, but not you, to attend meetings and contribute your ideas, this isn’t a good sign.
You’re not getting invites to social events
Being invited to lunch, coffee, and functions outside of business hours shows that you are starting to fit in on a personal level, says Kahn. If you’re excluded from these activities, it’s probably for a reason.
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,” Kahn says.
Your boss avoids the topic, or gets uncomfortable when you bring it up
If you ask about employment opportunities, or express interest in applying for a full-time role, but your manager gets weird and quiet and uncomfortable, this isn’t a great sign.
If they wanted to hire you, he or she would perk up and while they may not be able to promise anything on the spot, they’d probably express their support or excitement about the possibility of you staying on board.
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Your manager offers to help you with your job search
If your boss says something like, “I’d be happy to look over your résumé for you,” or, “If you need to list me as a reference in the future, I’d be okay with that,” you shouldn’t get too excited.
HR schedules your end date or exit interview
If your boss or HR manager emails you an “end date” or asks when you’d be available for an exit interview, now would be a good time to send out those applications you’ve been working on.
Others have already been offered or promised jobs
If some of your fellow interns have been offered jobs, but you’ve heard absolutely nothing about your future with the company, it doesn’t mean there’s no chance an offer is coming your way – but it’s probably not likely.
You’ve got a bad gut feeling
Sometimes your gut tells you everything you need to know.
If you feel deep down that you’re not going to be offered a job, you probably won’t.
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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.