I am an engineering undergrad student seeking full time work. I am also planning to do an exchange semester (semester 1 2019). It feels that I should raise this in the interview. If possible, I'd like to continue working with the employer after the exchange program.

So the question is, should I raise this with the employer, and is there a way to do it that doesn't hurt my chances at the job?

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    Can you clarify - you are looking for full time employment, starting now (or as soon as you're hired), but then you intend to be out of the country, and not working, for several months, starting in September - and you want to return to the same employer after that absence? – dwizum Jun 4 '18 at 13:21
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    Yes, you need to let them know. Taking a week of scheduled vacation is one thing, a semester is another. – Mister Positive Jun 4 '18 at 15:47
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    Would you be able to do your job remotely? – Mister Positive Jun 4 '18 at 15:59
  • In addition to the clarifications suggested above, could you also clarify when exactly "semester 1 2019" is? It could be right at the start of 2019, or September to the end of the year depending on location. – berry120 Jun 4 '18 at 16:22

The short answer is that it would generally be best to let them know up front, keeping in mind that if the company is expecting their internship to last longer than a semester, this could hurt your chances at getting the job.

The reality is that if you do withhold this information until after you are hired, the company could decide to permanently part ways once you leave for your exchange semester, leaving you having to look for a different internship once your exchange semester is over.

What you might want to try looking at is what (in the US) is commonly called a co-op; it's a type of job where you alternate between working and taking classes each semester. You can find more details about something like this here.

  • Ehh, it may be a bad assumption on my part, but usually students who are looking for work (with the plan to go back for some sort of academic program [the "exchange semester"]) are looking for internships. – panoptical Jun 4 '18 at 20:52

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