Help me! Internships, offer acceptance, etiquette..

posted 3 years ago in Career
  • poll: What should I do? (polls are fun!)
    Sign with old company, stick with old company : (4 votes)
    27 %
    Sign with old company, drop them when a better job comes along : (9 votes)
    60 %
    Don't sign with old company, look for a better job : (2 votes)
    13 %
  • Post # 3
    2803 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    I actually did this with an internship that I had once.  They were paying pitence, with low hours.  I was actually working with them for a month when I quit.  I was offered a different interhsip with a different company with a more recognized name and better hours.  I quit the next week.  I’m actually pretty happy about doing so. 

    The company I was working for though was a small non-profit, and I hadn’t worked for them previously, so they aren’t on my resume. 

    I would weigh how big that bridge that you are burning is, but I really would sign and keep looking as I have done so in the past.

    Post # 4
    1893 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2014 - Dallas, TX

    It is always better to have a job than to not. Sign with the old company and see if something better comes around. The worst mistake would be to not sign with them and have neither of the other offers come through.

    Post # 5
    339 posts
    Helper bee

    Not sure of the industry or the town but i think your answer should be based on both. For me, when i was interviewing and interning, we were told not to do what you want to do, mainly because the legal industry although big is very VERY small. And people know other people at other places and are just a phone call away. Now as an attorney, I get calls from partners at firms asking if so and so has interviewed and if i knew so and so from school and the list goes on. I would just be very careful with things like this because although it is perfectly fine to decline to work there (yes there is a contract, they extended you an offer and you accepted even though you havent started performance), companies can do the same thing when they offer you a job as well (think the company you REALLY want to work for.

    Post # 7
    2118 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2015

    FI is actually dealing with this right now! He got an awesome offer for his 1L summer internship at a big tech company (he wants to be a patent attorney). A few weeks after he accepted the offer, a big law firm in Boston asked him to come in for an interview, which is almost unheard for the 1L summer. He went to the interview yesterday and it went really well; they said they’d let him know soon if they want him to come back in for another interview. If he were ever offered the job, he thinks he would take it (more $$$, better opportunity for the future), but would feel terrible about rescinding his accepted offer from the tech company. 

    I think companies understand that these things happen. As long as you let them know in a reasonable time period before your internship was due to start, it’s fine to continue pursuing other opportunities after you’ve accepted an offer. If they choose to get pissy about it, well, it doesn’t really matter anyway – you won’t be working there! I guess your case is a little different than FI’s, though, because you worked there in the past, so you don’t want to burn bridges with a good reference, either.

    Post # 8
    1104 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    In my graduate program, the #1 thing we are told not to do is accept an internship or job and then decline it when another one comes along you want more. While it isn’t a contract, it’s your word. And to go against that is poor work etiquette. It not only looks bad on you, but your program and could influence their choices in students in the future. You also are risking them being unhappy with you, not writing you letters of recommendation, etc. 

    It does suck for people trying to get an internship or job because ours too are limited by how much time you can take to decide (often less than 1 week). A lot of people ended up accepting their 2nd choice and then when they were offered their first, had to turn it down.

    If you know you don’t want to work there, I would not accept and pursue the other options. If you think the pros outweigh the cons, bite the bullet and accept, but do not apply elsewhere. 

    Post # 9
    455 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    @wouldyoukindlyy:  Did you tell the other company that you have an offer that you must respond to by Friday? If they really want you, they may be able to expedite the process. 

    I would try that avenue first before making any decisions.

    As for accepting a job offer only to immediately quit – people do it, but it is frowned upon. Obviously you have to look out for #1, but carefully consider how such a move would affect your professional reputation and future job prospects.

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