I work as a student in a renowned E-commerce company as a software developer. As I’m still studying, I am obliged to do an internship for a whole semester. I’ve chosen to apply in other companies and got a commitment from a software development lab in another country which offers a high salary and works with the technology I’d like to make my main field in the future.
I like working at my current workplace. The reasons I’ve applied in that specific company (and not choosing my current one for the internship) are:
- The low salary in my current company
- Right now, I’m not working with the technologies I’d like to work in the future. Nevertheless, I’m always open minded for other technologies (they helped me understanding more about software development and those projects I worked at look good on my CV), but I’d like to get really good at that specific technology, which the offering company mainly uses.
My chapter lead at the current company approached me after one of my co-workers has told him, that I won’t be in that company for long anymore. (And I’m fine with that, we didn’t talk about a contract extension, so I didn’t see the need of telling him that I’ll work at another company). He asked me for how long I will work as an intern in that other company and if returning to my current workplace would be an option after my internship. I said that I will keep that option in mind and he offered me to approach him after my internship. I’d like to return to that company because working conditions there are quite good and I work flextime, so I have much freedom to organize my working hours around my studying schedule.
I remember that this chapter lead told me in my job interview that the salary for working students is fixed. At this time, I didn’t even think about talking about money, because I mainly was grateful for the experience I will receive.
My question now is:
How and when do I approach my chapter lead for a higher salary after my internship?
Keep in mind, that my current company is a client of the company I’ll do my internship in, i.e. we are using their product (but not the department I’m working in right now). My company is also using that one technology I’d like to get better with, so I would have a higher value for them.