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Background

I am a part-time junior software developer for a small company for a little more than 2 years now. I'm still a student, which means, during my semester, I work 20-30 hours a week, but for the past years, both of the summers I were on full-time (40hr/week). I started college in Computer Science 1 year into the job, I was full-time before that.

When I was recruited as a junior with zero-to-little programming experience (only ~1 year self taught, no college), my salary increases were tied to performance "checkmarks" and official, international exams (set by my supervisors). I always had 2-3 months to complete each step, and I usually did it in 1-2 months (always about 3-6 weeks early). Of course, my salary increases were also tied to this.

My intention

As a result, since I don't want to leave this job (yet), I thought I would do Google Summer of Code this year, as I am still a college student, and I would benefit from it greatly. This would not be possible if I went full-time.

How do I tell my boss I don't want to switch back to full-time for the summer?

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How do I tell my boss I don't want to switch back to full-time for the summer?

Just tell your boss what you want and why.

Something like "Boss. I'm planning to do Google Summer of Code this year. So I won't be able to work full time this summer. I would like to continue to work part-time though." should work.

Then, listen to the answer.

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First, you have to realize that you are the master of your time, so as long as you do not have agreed to a contract that says otherwise, you do not have to go full time anyways.

So depending on that, you may not even have to approach them at all. Of course it would be a nice gesture to let them know in advance - and as your goal is to further you education so you´ll be even more valuable in the future they should actually support this.

So if you do not have a contract, binding you to work full time in the summer, just tell them like you told us. If you want to be extra-sure there is no confusion, you could also write a mail-reminder to management, preferably after telling them in person so you leave a paper trail.

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