I've been out of college and have a few years of professional working experience. Due to some genuine health issues, I have taken more than a year off from working and now I am ready to ease back into working and having my life back. I found an internship opportunity that gets me happy and very excited. It says P/T unpaid for 3 months with a path to a paid F/T position.
I know that well beyond doing an internship, especially since it's something I already have 3 years of experience in. Considering I have not worked in a while, I want something 'temporary' and not F/T so that's why it's appealing. I don't want to jump into a F/T and permanent job. I just don't like the title 'intern' at my age.
This is also a very unique one-of-a-kind opportunity and I can see why they want an intern to start and grow with because it's a 2 person media company as of now. I would bring more than they could ever imagine to the role and would hit the ground running from day one. I would basically kick a$$ and I have successfully done what they want for very high profile individuals when I used to work in NYC. I'm now in Denver. I want to say you can stop your search starting now lol. I want this job so badly.
I have a legitimate reason for at least inquiring about the possibility of being paid for my contributions. Part of the role is business development so commission could be on the table - possibly 10% of a 30K offer would be fair? The posting also says they are growing the company and are looking to bring on individuals.. so maybe they might be willing to consider a different position for myself?
Question: How do I appropriately go about asking to be paid for a unpaid internship given the circumstances?
Question: Let's say I get a conversation going with the company, when would be an ideal time to discuss this? I don't want to do it too late after I receive an unpaid offer..