I hope this is not a duplicate due to my 'different' situation as an intern:

I am classified as an intern where I am currently working, but I have been here for over a year now. I am basically a part-timer but still with the intern title i.e. there is no plan for me to quit working. I am in my last year of school, and, if given the opportunity, will probably transition to full-time.

Recently I got an email from my school that stated a different intern position has recently opened up at the company I work for with higher pay. The position is for an Application Development/Business Analysis internship which is basically what I am doing right now. Better yet, it's in the same location as where I am working right now.

I don't know whether I should apply for the position (send in a resume to someone already in the same company), email/ask the recruiter about the position and explain my situation, or contact my manager and explain the situation. I have not had a raise, and I do not expect one as an intern, but I also don't want to let an opportunity like this go to waste.

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    Can you come up with a single reason as to why you would not apply to the higher paying position? ( Hint: Just apply!! ) – Mister Positive Oct 6 '17 at 18:51
  • As @MisterSortofPositive said, just apply, and then you can add more details (if necessary) when the process continues. – DarkCygnus Oct 6 '17 at 18:52
  • I think it's more of that I don't know how to approach the situation – A.B. Oct 6 '17 at 18:52
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    @A.B. Sure you do. Just like you would if you were interested in a higher paying non intern type job. Apply, interview, and if an acceptable offer is obtained turn in your notice to your existing work place, and start your new gig after.... – Mister Positive Oct 6 '17 at 18:53
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    @MisterSortofPositive should I consider it as a separate position even though it is for the same company? – A.B. Oct 6 '17 at 19:00

You explained you have been working for the company for over a year as an intern and that you are in your last year of school with prospects of getting permanently hired. Applying for another internship position with the same company makes no sense under these circumstances and would forfeit the purpose of an internship. Your goal is to realized higher payment. Based on the advertised positions and the experience you gained with your employer, it should be possible for you to negotiate a raise.


Yes, you should apply! Positions that are open to external applicants are generally open to internal applicants as well and as long as you meet the requirements, definitely apply!


Why shouldn't you apply?

There are many sayings that apply to this but the first that comes to mind is that it's an automatic NO if you don't ask.

Another is "nothing ventured, nothing gained"

But seriously, your first concern must be for yourself and the downsides are few, if any but there's a good upside in that there's higher pay.

Another benefit is networking. You'll expose yourself to more people in te company and that can't hurt either.

Go for it!

  • Because he loses his seniority and won't get the full time position after a year. – Jack Oct 6 '17 at 21:10

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