I'm currently a student but I'm about to graduate with an undergraduate degree. I've been looking for a full-time entry level position for after graduation and have been lucky enough to find several different companies that seemed to be a good fit for me. However, after reaching out to several companies (and interviewing with a few as well), I've noticed that many companies are quick to offer an internship instead of a full-time offer.
I can partially understand the business reasoning for this; however, it is rather frustrating as an applicant when I am specifically applying for a full time position (either through the listing or if it is a generic application in what I say I am looking for). I'm still interested in working for these companies, but not as an intern. What is the best way to handle these situations?
As clarification from the comments:
I have 2+ years of professional experience plus my education. Easily enough to qualify for an entry-level full time position. The difference between being an intern and being entry-level full time is huge, at least as I see it (please correct me if I am wrong). It puts you in a position where less people take you seriously (I'm a new hire vs I'm just an intern). You're paid less and have a title that means much less on a resume. If, for whatever reason, at the end of the internship, I was not made a full time offer. I'd have to start looking for another entry level position as opposed to a possible promotion. Say from Software Engineer I to Software Engineer II
I'm in the U.S. software industry if that makes a difference.
I'm also not sure exactly how to tag this, so please feel free to edit in different tags.