Answered by Rachel, Hiring Expert at Eaton, on Wednesday, August 27, 2014
The answer to that question really depends on a couple of factors. First and foremost, you need to find out if the company where you are currently interning using its intern program as a platform for early talent hiring or if it is just a successive program providing a set type of support to the full-time employees. If this company does make a practice of hiring interns into full time roles, you most definitely need to make your manager aware of the fact that you want to work him/her full-time at the conclusion of your internship. I would also suggest making sure that you have a developmental conversation with your assignment manager – if you have not had one already – to ensure that your beliefs about your performance mirrors his or her beliefs about your performance.
When you have your meeting, make sure you have organized your thoughts and are able to articulate how you have been meeting the expectations of your assignment, your plan for continuing to meet those expectations, where you have gone above and beyond in your performance and why you want to work for the company. Be cognizant of what your OFIs (Opportunities for Improvement) are and discuss with your manager what s/he sees as your OFIs and put together a plan to execute those improvements. Finally make sure to update your resume with your current internship and be ready to interview for a full-time position. Best of Luck!