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Washington, DC Summer Intern: Andrew Koprowski

Posted on September 5, 2014. Filed under: Career, College, Confidence, Featured Intern, Internship, Jobs, Michigan State University, Professionalism, Washington | Tags: , , , , , , |

Meet Andrew Koprowski, James Madison/Economics major who interned in Washington, DC during summer 2014 for Senator Debbie Stabenow.  Andrew was also MSU’s DC Program Ambassador. Read on to learn about the work he accomplished during his internship on Capitol Hill and how it will help him as he continues to explore career options.

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Name: Andrew Koprowski

Hometown: Flint, Michigan

Major: Political Theory and Constitutional Democracy and Economics

Graduation: Fall 2015

Internship Placement: Legislative Intern at the Office of Senator Stabenow

Internship Location: Hart Senate Building in Washington DC

What were your primary responsibilities at your internship?

I was assigned to a legislative team that specifically focused on tax legislation, economic development, small business development, and mortgages and housing legislation. As a legislative intern I researched current events that focus on the areas of concern for my legislative mentors as well as attended hearings and wrote memorandums for both the LA’s and the LC’s. In addition to research, I performed administrative tasks such as answering phone calls, data base management, as well as responding to constituent concerns via email and telephone calls.

What was one of your biggest projects that you had worked on?

One of my biggest projects focused on developing a co-sponsor memorandum for Senator Stabenow. The memorandum discussed the Commercial Real Estate and Economic Development Act. My legislative mentor wanted me to address what the CREED Act was, why Senator Stabenow should co-sponsor it and other background information about the piece of legislation. The project took over a week to complete simply because it required very in depth research that addressed the possible benefits and consequences of the CREED Act.

What was one of your fondest highlights of your internship?

One of the highlights of my internship was on June 17. I had volunteered to help the Agricultural Committee set up for a large event that they were hosting and I felt obligated to volunteer because Senator Stabenow is the Chair person on the committee. This experience was so rewarding because I was able to work one on one with Bill Sweeney, the Chief of Staff for Senator Stabenow. I had the honor to speak to Mr. Sweeney and it turned into an informational interview. I learned a lot from Mr. Sweeney and he offered me great advice on networking, how to secure a job after graduation on Capitol Hill, and his personal advice about graduate school and when to go. Not only did I get to meet Mr. Sweeney, I had the opportunity to meet with CEO’s and representatives from major corporations like Coca-Cola, GM, Ford, etc.

Why should an MSU student apply to this internship program?

I highly recommend this program to any MSU student who is serious about their future academic and career goals. The MSU study away program in DC is an incredible experience and can open so many doors. Students will learn so many valuable life lessons, including how to properly budget and save money, as well as how to network in a professional setting. The relationships you create while you are in DC are very important and the program introduces students to many networking opportunities. In addition, Vicki Shaver does a wonderful job connecting students to potential internships and works extremely hard to find students the right internship. She was the reason I got my internship and I give her so much credit because she does her job extremely well.

If you would like to learn more about MSU’s College of Social Science Study and Internship programs you can visit http://socialscience.msu.edu or email Study.Away@ssc.msu.edu to schedule a meeting with a program coordinator. Washington, DC programs run every semester!

 

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New Orleans Intern: Jamie Jackson

Posted on September 5, 2014. Filed under: Career, College, Confidence, Featured Intern, Internship, Jobs, Michigan State University, New Orleans, Personal Growth, Social Work | Tags: , , , , |

The beginning of a new academic year brings the continuation of MSU Study Away Program Featured Intern series.

Meet Jamie Jackson who participated in MSU’s New Orleans program during the summer of 2014.

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Name: Jamie Jackson  

Hometown: Detroit, MI

Major: Psychology

Graduation: May 2015  

Internship Placement: Volunteers of America  

Internship Location: Metairie, LA  

What were your primary responsibilities at your internship? I worked with staff to develop a new initiative called the Family Economic Security Program and performed initial case assessments.

What were some main projects you had worked on? I developed a community resource guide and a “strengths- based” case assessment plan for the Family Economic Security program. Also, I have assisted in a grant application for the program.

How has your internship experience enhanced your academic and  career plans? My internship confirmed my career choice of social work as right for me, and I plan to apply to graduate programs for social work.

Why should an MSU student apply to this internship program? A MSU student should apply for this internship because they would gain a lot of skills and knowledge in a positive and motivated working environment. Not only would they gain a great experience with the city of New Orleans and its people, but they will also learn more about themselves!

If you would like to learn more about  these internship programs, please contact MSU’s College of Social Science Study Away Programs Office at 517-432-4541 or Study.Away@ssc.msu.edu.

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Go Offline

Posted on October 11, 2013. Filed under: Career, Internship, Jobs, Life | Tags: , , , |

Using social media as a means to conduct an internship search or explore career options is a requirement.  It has become crucial for those looking for career opportunities to understand how to appropriately use Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn as job searching tools.  However, any successful job search must also include offline activity.  In fact, it’s the offline interactions that can take your search from exploration to employment.

How do you take your online search offline?

• Pick up the phone.
• Pick it up again after no one calls you back.
• Deal with people who may not want to talk to you.
• Ask for recommendations and introductions.
• Go to a lot of coffee meetings and informational interviews.
• Make a list of companies you’d like to work for then use online tools to see who is connected to those companies. Once you connect with them, take the relationship offline.
• Stop judging your progress by the number of online job applications you sent into a random company where you know no one. Instead, monitor your progress based on how many meetings you set up.
• Set up meetings with all of your favorite professors. Chat, listen and get career advice. Maybe they will introduce you to some great people too.
• Go to a lot of events whether they are networking events, Greek life events, campus speakers, or parties.
• Ask everyone you meet a lot of questions about themselves and what they do. People love talking about themselves. The more you talk about them, the more they like you and want to help you.
• You’ll also learn a lot of things about a lot of industries by talking to people. Regardless of if their industries are similar to yours, having these discussions will broaden your perspective and conversations when you start interviewing.
• Don’t say “I need a job” when you are engaging in these offline activities. Rather, ask them about their job.
• Email authors, bloggers, and speakers and introduce yourself.
• Talk to people at the bar, at sporting events, and at the gym.
• Tap into your alumni network. Receiving an email from a current student often makes an alumnus’ day
• Disarm people you meet by asking, “What would you do if you were in my shoes?”

What we’re really talking about here is networking the old fashioned way. Validate and personalize your online brand with offline interactions. Understanding how to use social networking as a part of your career exploration is necessary, but supplementing your online activity with offline connections makes you memorable and sets you apart from the rest of the online pack.

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New York Featured Intern: Rachel Petro

Posted on September 15, 2013. Filed under: Career, College, Confidence, Featured Intern, Internship, Jobs, Michigan State University, Professionalism, Uncategorized | Tags: , |

Below is an excerpt from an interview with Rachel Petro, an MSU Psychology major who completed a summer internship in New York City through the College of Social Science Study and Internship Programs.  You will have an opportunity to meet Rachel and other students who have completed Study Away programs in other cities, such as Washington, DC Honolulu, New Orleans and Boston at an informational meeting.

Study Away Informational Meeting

Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at 5:00pm

109 S. Kedzie Hall

We are expecting a crowd, so get there early!  In the meantime, read on to learn a little bit about Rachel’s experience.

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Name: Rachel Petro

Major: Psychology

Graduation Date: December 2014

Internship Placement: Doe Fund, Inc.

Internship Location: Brooklyn, NY

What are your primary responsibilities at your internship? 

My primary responsibilities are administrative work and chart filing.  I also helped assist in GED classes and sat in on employee interviews.  However, my biggest responsibility was to be there for the trainees whenever they need advice or guidance.  

What’s your favorite thing about working / living in New York?  

My favorite thing about New York Living is all of the possibilities.  It is the perfect place for people who are into fashion or if you are a foodie.  Working here is very convenient because of the subway and your networking possibilities are endless.

How has your internship experience impacted your academic and/or career plans?

This internship experience has definitely taught me a lot about the “real world”.  Going to class is a great way to learn, but it is nothing close to the experience and knowledge I have gained at the Doe Fund.  This internship has just solidified that I am making the right career choice.  I truly love counseling and helping those in need.

If you were speaking to an MSU student who was thinking about applying to an internship program, what would you say to convince them?

No other program will help you get an internship.  I loved that I had a placement manager help me, since searching for an internship on my own from Michigan would have been impossible.  Plus you need internship experience no matter what major you are.  So why stay in East Lansing?  Get out and travel while you get the experience you need for your resume!

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San Francisco Featured Intern: Jalessa Brown

Posted on August 20, 2013. Filed under: Career, College, Internship, Jobs, Michigan State University, Personal Growth, Professionalism, San Francisco | Tags: , , |

Jalessa in San FranciscoMeet our featured San Francisco intern, Jalessa Brown! Jalessa spent the summer in the San Francisco Bay area getting experience at an internship AND she is heading to Washington, DC for another one!  Jalessa believes in the power that these experiences can add to her resume. Read on to learn about her summer experience.

Name: Jalessa Brown
Major: Political Science
Internship Placement: Sungevity (http://www.sungevity.com)
Internship Location: San Francisco, CA

How did you learn about MSU’s Study and Internship programs and why did you choose to apply?

Spring semester I was taking a philosophy class in Berkey Hall and one day while waiting for class to start I decided to walk around and I happened to stumble across the study away office. After getting more information about all the different places I could go and classes I could take I choose to apply. I knew that having an internship in a state different from Michigan would stand out on my resume. I also knew that I could gain a lot of invaluable experience working as an intern.

What are your primary responsibilities at your internship?

I worked as a support specialist for Sungevity, a residential solar energy company. My primary responsibilities were to process incoming customer packs full of required documents for solar panel interconnection. I also worked a lot with Automated Clearing House, and making sure that Sungevity had the necessary signatures and proper payment information for the finance operations department.  Among my other responsibilities I learned a great deal of professionalism.

What’s your favorite thing about working / living in the Bay Area?

My favorite thing about working and living in the Bay area is the culture. The Bay area is full of great art, good food and lots of entertainment. I also really enjoyed the laid back atmosphere at work and the amazing views of the ocean.

How has your internship experience impacted your academic and/or career plans?

My internship has impacted my career plans by giving me clarification about my future career aspirations. This internship has given me a better understanding of what I want and do not want in a career. An executive at Sungevity helped me to realize that no matter what I do I should always be true to myself when looking for jobs or at career choices.

If you were speaking to an MSU student who was thinking about applying to an internship program, what would you say to convince them?

Why try to find an internship and go out of the state all on your own? All MSU students should take advantage of The Study and Internship programs it’s A LOT easier! It’s a great experience, and a really good way of getting a competitive edge when searching for jobs.

If you are interested in an internship in the San Francisco Bay Area this summer, go to the San Francisco tab on this website and view the webinar. You can also contact Jalessa at brownjal@msu.edu to learn more about her experience.

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10 Internship Search Mistakes

Posted on July 18, 2013. Filed under: Career, College, Internship, Jobs | Tags: , , , |

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One of the books that we recommend to students as they begin to explore internships is What Color is your Parachute? For Teens by Carol Christen and Richard N. Bolles. It’s a wonderful resource that helps young people understand their passion and how to translate that into a career path. Toward the end of the book they list ten mistakes that job hunters make and ways to avoid them. In large part, these same mistakes are often made by students taking on their first internship search. I have updated Christen and Bolles’ list to apply to these students.

Ten Internship Search Mistakes & How to Avoid Making Them

1. Carrying an Attitude of Entitlement
No one owes you an internship opportunity. In fact, a quality internship takes time and effort on the part of the employer. Just because most internships are unpaid, does not mean that the employer is getting “free labor.” The employer is taking time and resources to help train students in their field of interest. Students should approach potential employers with enthusiasm and a willingness to learn. Make sure the employer knows that they will be benefitting from the experience, too.

2. Spending Very Little Time on the Search
A successful internship search is related to the amount of time a student devotes to it. I advise students to treat an internship search like another course and devote two to three hours per week for approximately 10 weeks prior to the desired start date. Enter this time on your calendar and stick to the schedule. This time might be spent on resume writing and application preparation, securing letters of recommendation, studying career preparation resources, meeting with professionals or researching potential sites.

3. Sticking with Techniques that are not Working
Many students are comfortable with Google searching for internships, which is indeed a good way to learn what’s out there. However, if you have only been applying to positions that you find via Google AND you have not yet secured an interview, it’s probably time to switch it up. Other social media outlets such as LinkedIn or Twitter might offer better or different leads. Getting in touch with contacts made through networking and school resources is another route. Try some face-to-face interaction with an informational interview to see where it might lead.

4. Ignoring Advice from Experts
Do you know someone who has already found an internship…or two? How did they do it? What is their secret for success? Your school has career advisors and resources. Your family, friends and professors are already part of your network. Use them! Don’t be shy. Most people are happy to talk about their experiences and offer advice.

5. Taking Internships Lightly
Don’t dabble in your search; commit to it. Securing a quality internship has become an important and necessary step in launching your career. Not taking it seriously can result in negative consequences as you move forward. As mentioned under #2, regularly schedule time each week to devote to your internship search. Become absorbed in every aspect of it, including doing mock interviews, researching industry trends, and shopping for appropriate attire.

6. Failing to Plan Financially
Since most internships are unpaid, it is crucial for students to consider how they will manage their monthly expenses while they are devoting time to unpaid work. Is there time for a part time paid job, too? Do you have money in savings to carry you through? Look for scholarships and loans that will support the extra expenses associated with internship work, especially if it is out of town. Establish a budget for the duration of your internship and stick to it.

7. Becoming Discouraged and Giving Up
You need to develop a thick skin and an optimistic attitude as you go through an internship search. You cannot take it personally if you do not hear back from a potential employer or if no offer comes after a good interview. Being persistent and keeping a positive attitude are necessary. Finding the right internship does not happen overnight and it takes hard work. Stay dedicated and you will be rewarded.

8. Limiting your Internship Options
Don’t make your search too narrow or focus on only one target organization or position. Many college graduates do not work in a field related to their major, but that doesn’t mean that they’re unhappy! Keep an open mind and focus on the soft skills that can be gained from any good internship experience. Often employers are looking for a broad set of qualifications (communication skills, critical thinking, team player) and will train entry level employees in the specifics of the field. Internships are a great training ground for the fundamentals of professionalism.

9. Looking Only at Advertised Positions
Just because you haven’t seen your dream internship advertised doesn’t mean it’s not out there. Many positions are filled by word of mouth, not through internet ads. Talk to people and tell them what you are looking for. Follow up on all leads. If you don’t’ see an internship listed on XYZ Corporation’s website, call them to see if they might be interested in an intern. Don’t be satisfied with what you see first – keep looking until you find what you want!

10. Going it Alone
For most students, an internship search is their first real exposure to career exploration. The internship itself is a learning experience, but so is the search. Don’t try to do it on your own. At the very least find a buddy to search with you. As a student you have many resources such as a career center, access to online career assessments and interview software, and career advisors. However, don’t forget to include family and friends in your plans. You never know who Uncle Sid might know!

Christen, C. & Bolles, R.N. (2010). What color is your parachute? For teens. Second Edition. Ten Speed Press: Berkeley, CA.

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Communicating with Internship Sites

Posted on February 6, 2013. Filed under: Career, College, Internship, Jobs | Tags: , , , , |

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COMMUNICATING WITH INTERNSHIPS SITES

A question that many students have when launching their own internship search is: How do I check on the status of my application? This is a good question.

Confirm Receipt of Application

First you should verify receipt of your materials – is your application complete?  You can email or call to do this, or they may send you an automated confirmation. This should be done within one week of applying. This is an important step, so don’t be tempted to skip it. 

Determining a Timeline

On the internship’s website they may provide a timeline for selection. If so, do not contact them unless it’s past their timeline for contacting applicants and you still have not heard back.  If they do not provide a timeline (most don’t) it is important to contact them to reaffirm your interest and try to determine their timeline. Knowing when they plan to interview and make their selections will take a lot of the worry and guessing out of the equation.  The best way to do this is by phone (makes you more “real”), but email is fine, too. 

Two Week Rule

After learning that your application is complete, wait two weeks before contacting them again. This is what I call the Two Week Rule.  If you send an email inquiry or leave a phone message but do not get a response it’s fair to contact them again in two weeks.  As you can see, this is all a bit of a balancing act between being a pest and being persistent. You want them to know that you are serious about your interest in an internship with them.  Waiting too long can be even worse than contacting them too often.

TIP: Sometimes a follow up phone call will turn into a spontaneous interview if you catch the right person at the right time. So, be prepared when you call.  On the other hand, it can be difficult to get someone on the phone, so you may have to keep trying.

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Sample Communication

Dear Internship Coordinator (better if you have an actual name): 

This email is in follow up to my application for a policy internship in your organization.  I am very interested in this position and would like to inquire as to your timeline for interviewing and selection. Feel free to contact me by email reply or phone at (999)123-4567.  I look forward to hearing from you and learning more about this great opportunity. 

OR 

On January 25th I submitted my application for a summer internship with Senator Stabenow’s Office.  This is an opportunity that I am very interested in as it fits perfectly with my academic focus.  Do you know when I can expect to hear back regarding that status of my application?  You can reach me…. 

Thank you for your time,

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Of course you can personalize this in any way you’d like, but keep it brief and to the point.  If you have not confirmed that they have received your materials, you could also address that in your email.

If there isn’t a specific person or email associated with the internship application, just use whatever email you find – usually listed under Contact Information on the website.  Then, instead of addressing it to the internship coordinator you can use “To Whom it May Concern” and ask to have your email directed to the appropriate person.

Requesting NO CALLS?

You may run into “no calls or emails” listed on an intern application. You do need to respect that, but this gives you no opportunity for knowing your status.

Internship Insights

You can learn a lot about what it might be like to work for an organization (or a specific supervisor) as an intern from these interactions.  Personally, if an internship site requests no calls, I put them at the bottom of my priority list.  That request in and of itself comes across as a bit disrespectful of interns.  However, if they are a very high-profile organization and provide timeline information on their application, then I’m not as bothered by this.

If an internship site/supervisor is good at returning your calls/emails, you might be able to gather that they are organized and that the internship has some structure to it.

Bottom line?  Trust your instincts when communicating with internships and when deciding to accept or decline an offer.  Rules are great as a guide, but nothing beats using your actual experiences and exchanges to gather information and make a decision that is the right for YOU!

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Looking for a Job after Graduation? Washington, DC is #1

Posted on October 2, 2012. Filed under: Career, College, Internship, Jobs | Tags: , , , |

Students have an opportunity to greatly increase their odds of finding a job after graduation by participating in college-sponsored internship programs.  This is primarily due to the added value to their resume along with the networking connections made in their field.

However, students in MSU’s Washington, DC Program have more than that working in their favor, especially if they wish to stay and find work in the DC area.

Since the economic downturn in 2008, 93% of Michigan State University’s Washington, DC Program students found full time jobs after graduation because they wanted to stay and work in Washington, DC.

This statistic shouldn’t be surprising in light of a 2012 Indeed Job Market Competition report (http://www.indeed.com/jobtrends/unemployment) that declared Washington, DC as the U.S. city that provides the best odds of landing a job.

Washington, DC is ranked #1!

Among the top 50 most populous cities in the U.S., DC has a 1:1 ratio of open jobs to people looking for jobs. Compare that with the popular post-graduation destinations for many Michigan State students: Chicago at #43 and Detroit at #47.

Potential DC Program students should take note that this impressive placement rate of 93% is due to a combination of variables that not only include the favorable job market in Washington, DC, but also the professional development emphasis embedded in this uniquely comprehensive program. Students are connected with a rich MSU alumni network in the DC area that possesses a demonstrated desire to help out a fellow Spartan. In addition, the level of determination of each individual student cannot be discounted.

Here is what a recent MSU graduate had to say about MSU’s DC Program:

If I had not completed an internship through the DC Study Away program I would not have known how to even start navigating my future career in DC. The program offers a great introduction to the city, numerous professional opportunities and resources, and the chance to meet people who could change your life. Being part of this program during my senior year of college was the best choice I made in undergrad. The program laid the foundation for my career.  Kerry Harris, Spring 2011 and Summer 2011 DC Intern, now working in Washington, DC.

If DC isn’t for you, consider the rankings of these other metropolitan areas where MSU offers internship programs:

#4        Boston

#15      San Francisco

#26      New Orleans

#45      New York

While Boston also ranks high on this list, it is a summer internship-only program that does not include the intentional professional development opportunities that are part of the DC program.

The Washington, DC Program is the only study and internship program offered each and every semester. Many students wisely choose to spend their final semester as a DC intern so that they can job search while participating in the program. This is an excellent strategy!

So, if spring is your last semester and you are concerned about the unemployment reports that are splashed all over the news, consider applying to this program.   Spring application deadline is October 15th.

To learn more about MSU’s Washington, DC Program click on the Washington, DC tab on the top of this page. From there you can sign up for a webinar on Thursday, October 4, 2012 at 4pm.

If you cannot attend the webinar, contact our office at 517-432-4541 to schedule an appointment.

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Before you Arrive at your Internship

Posted on August 21, 2012. Filed under: Career, College, Internship, Jobs, Professionalism | Tags: , , , , |

Communicating with Your Internship – Prior to Arrival

If you have not communicated with your internship supervisor a week or two prior to your arrival to determine logistics of your first day, you should do so.  Call (preferred) or email the appropriate person to let them know that you are looking forward to beginning your internship, and to confirm or determine important information regarding your first day.

Things to cover:

When and Who:  Be sure they know when to expect you – what day you plan to begin work.  Determine what time you need to report, and who you are to report to on your first day.

Where:  Get the physical address of the office, including room number.  Sometimes the mailing address is different than the actual office location.  Ask for directions, parking options and if there is a preferred entrance.

Dress Code:  If they have not provided you with a dress code, you should ask if there is one, or if they have any suggestions regarding attire.  Remember that first impressions count!

Paperwork: If they have not asked you to complete any paperwork, you might ask if there are any forms they need you to complete prior to your first day, or if there is any recommended reading.  (You should have already become familiar with the organization via their website – if you haven’t — do it now!)  If you have completed paperwork for them, did they receive it?

Taking a little time to touch base before you arrive will reduce some of the stress that you might be feeling as you begin the new learning experience.

 

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Accepting, Declining and Negotiating Offers

Posted on August 6, 2012. Filed under: Career, College, Internship, Jobs | Tags: , , , |

Most of the students that I work with don’t believe me when I tell them that they will likely be juggling multiple internship offers before settling on one that best fits what they are looking for.  However, that is exactly what happens to a large number of them…especially students with a great resume, and the ability to communicate well with internship sites.

But sure enough, every cycle I get panicked students with questions about how to manage this tricky situation.

So, how do you do it?  What do you do when your number one internship has not contacted you yet, but number three just made an offer, and you have an interview scheduled with number two?  Yikes!

Should I Accept the First Offer?

First, I usually ask students to be honest with themselves regarding their comfort level in turning down an offer. Do you feel confident that your skills and your current status with other with internship sites will lead to another offer?  If not, then I recommend that you accept the first offer that comes your way.  No shame in using this strategy. It’s efficient and allows you to refocus your energy on preparing for your internship experience by learning as much as you can about the company.  Also, if you’ve done your homework, all of the internships that you apply to will provide great experiences!

Can I Buy Some Time Before Making a Decision?

Let’s say that you have an offer on the table with your number three choice and a pending interview with number one.  The best scenario here is if number three provides you with a date that they need an answer that nicely accommodates your number one interview.  If they do not provide a date (they expect an immediate answer) you can ask them when they need your answer.  This tactfully lets them know that you are still in the process of interviewing without actually saying it.  Usually they will accommodate by allowing you a week or so to answer.  Avoid asking for more than a week to decide.

Be aware that asking for time to decide can put off some organizations, especially if the interviewer is inexperienced or just very busy.  However, don’t let this dissuade you.  This is an appropriate way to handle the situation, and a great opportunity to learn negotiation skills that you will need as a professional.

Do I Tell My Top Choice That I Have a Pending Offer?

So, now you have your interview with number one and all goes well.  At the end you ask them what their selection timeline is and they tell you that they’ll be making decisions in a week or so, or some other equally vague response.  Do you tell them that you have a pending offer?  Again, if you are comfortable doing this, go for it!  You do not need to tell them who the offer is from, but in this case I would recommend that you let them know that they are your number one choice.

How Do I Decline an Offer?

If you have already accepted an internship but are contacted for an interview or are offered an internship as a result of an earlier interview, you can turn that into a future opportunity!

Politely thank them for considering you for an internship, and inform them that you have recently accepted an offer with another organization. (Again, you do not need to reveal the organization.)  Let them know that you are interested in learning more about future opportunities with their organization (this could be a second internship or an entry level position). Ask your contact if he/she would be willing to meet for an informational interview. If they were interested enough to make an offer, they may want to learn more about you, too.  This is also a great way to build your network and learn more about a career field that you are considering.

It is also a nice touch to let those you have interviewed with know that you have accepted an offer and would no longer like to be considered for their internship position.  Again, thank them and ask if you might be able to schedule an informational interview at a later date.

Practice Makes it  Easier

To help make these sticky situations less awkward – REHEARSE!  You should practice accepting an offer, turning down an offer and negotiating an offer (asking for more time to decide).  You can do this in the mirror, with a friend, or by using software that allows you to webcam yourself in typical interview scenarios.  Try Interview Stream (http://interviewstream.com/) for this service.

Keep in mind that accepting, declining and negotiating offers are all valuable parts of the internship process.  However, the most important factor in the success of your internship experience is YOU.  Make the most of your internship by bringing energy, curiosity and a positive attitude, and you will succeed!

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