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Internship dilemma [#permalink] New post 17 May 2010, 06:44
Hi, I kind of have a dilemma that I need some advice on. I was originally going to take a few months off before school starts to move back home to relax and get ready. Then I started entertaining the idea of a summer internship. On the advice of my roommate, I asked my contacts within the company for internship opportunities in the field I'm interested in (different from what I'm doing now). It looks like they're going to give me a decision on the internship by the end of day today, and it's likely to be positive. However, my last day with the company for my current job is at the end of this month, and more importantly, the lease is up, so I'd have to look for a place (and parking space) ASAP. My roommate has graciously let me stay for the month of June, but it's still going to be a big hassle with finding a summer sublet and moving and all.

I'm really kind of iffy at this point. I know the internship will be good for my career and recruiting later on, especially for a career switcher like me, but I also really want to move back home and just not do anything for 2 months. The internship work sounds interesting, but I'm just feeling kinda out of it. I would feel really bad, though, if they offered it to me, and I didn't take it, since they're basically creating a position for me because I asked. I'm tired of the city, and I'm feeling burnt-out. I miss the cornfields. Sigh.

Thanks for listening, and if you have any advice, I'd really appreciate it.
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Re: Internship dilemma [#permalink] New post 17 May 2010, 09:03
Just my two cents, but the time for this kind of thinking was before you asked for the internship. Turning it down now would be way worse than if you never asked. I assume you will be asking for letters of recommendation from some people from this firm. If that is the case then I would strongly recommend you not be so ungracious as to ask for something and then turn it down when it was given to you. If you are interested in bridge burning, this would be one way to go.

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Re: Internship dilemma [#permalink] New post 17 May 2010, 09:12
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Just my two cents, but the time for this kind of thinking was before you asked for the internship. Turning it down now would be way worse than if you never asked. I assume you will be asking for letters of recommendation from some people from this firm. If that is the case then I would strongly recommend you not be so ungracious as to ask for something and then turn it down when it was given to you. If you are interested in bridge burning, this would be one way to go.

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I agree with what you said, and that's why I'm feeling conflicted. My saving grace is that I already relayed to my contacts that I would need some time to find a place, etc., when they asked me when's the latest I would need to know the decision by. The deadline I gave them was over a week ago. So I do have a very valid excuse if I want to turn it down. If I do turn it down, though, I agree that despite the excuse, the bridge would become much narrower.
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Re: Internship dilemma [#permalink] New post 17 May 2010, 09:25
My pre-MBA internship with a VC firm last year played a key role in securing various summer internship interviews/opportunities this year. If it is related to a career that you intend to pursue after bschool, it is definitely worth it.

But pre-MBA internship is not required, and there is no guarantee that it will help you in future recruiting. Therefore, if it will complicate your personal life, there is no point of making it happen.
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Re: Internship dilemma [#permalink] New post 17 May 2010, 10:14
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My pre-MBA internship with a VC firm last year played a key role in securing various summer internship interviews/opportunities this year. If it is related to a career that you intend to pursue after bschool, it is definitely worth it.

But pre-MBA internship is not required, and there is no guarantee that it will help you in future recruiting. Therefore, if it will complicate your personal life, there is no point of making it happen.


Do you think I'll burn any bridges if I turn it down? I most likely won't be working for this company again. I can still get a letter of recommendation from my current manager, instead of the internship sponsor.
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Re: Internship dilemma [#permalink] New post 18 May 2010, 05:27
OK, just heard back. Looks like I've got the internship if I want it. Personally, I'm leaning towards taking it. Decision time.
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Re: Internship dilemma [#permalink] New post 18 May 2010, 08:15
Take it if you are a career switcher. It helps a LOT during interviews and recruiting for the regular internships - simply because your story becomes so much more believable and it shows that you are already working your way towards the aim.
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Re: Internship dilemma [#permalink] New post 18 May 2010, 11:39
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OK, just heard back. Looks like I've got the internship if I want it. Personally, I'm leaning towards taking it. Decision time.


Yeah, I say do it if you haven't accepted already. It's all about the networking... you could meet someone on this internship that becomes instrumental in doing something for you personally or professionally in 1, 3, 6 or 10+ years down the road. You just never know! Good luck!
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Re: Internship dilemma [#permalink] New post 19 May 2010, 06:27
OK, I just called this morning to accept the offer. Thanks everyone for your advice. Now please wish me luck finding a summer sublet before the end of this month!!
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Re: Internship dilemma [#permalink] New post 19 May 2010, 09:04
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OK, I just called this morning to accept the offer. Thanks everyone for your advice. Now please wish me luck finding a summer sublet before the end of this month!!

Awesome. Good luck with the sublet, that's a whole different kettle of fish :)
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I think you made the right decision. The internship will be a great learning situation and you will be building bridges rather than burning them. As for the sublet, I cannot help you but wish you the best of luck.

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Re: Internship dilemma [#permalink] New post 19 May 2010, 10:59
what's your premba industry and whats your internship industry, if i can ask
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Re: Internship dilemma [#permalink] New post 19 May 2010, 11:06
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I think you made the right decision. The internship will be a great learning situation and you will be building bridges rather than burning them. As for the sublet, I cannot help you but wish you the best of luck.

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what's your premba industry and whats your internship industry, if i can ask


Pre-MBA is engineering; post-MBA is marketing/consulting/business development.
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Re: Internship dilemma [#permalink] New post 22 Jul 2010, 06:50
Wow, I was just kinda offered a full-time position after the internship. One of my project sponsors is leaving the company for another job, and one of her coworkers who will be taking over jokingly asked me if I wanted a full-time job, in front of his manager! My project sponsor said I was going to b-school in the fall, and her manager asked me where I was going. I guess I must've been doing a good job, eh?
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Re: Internship dilemma [#permalink] New post 28 Jul 2010, 08:38
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Wow, I was just kinda offered a full-time position after the internship. One of my project sponsors is leaving the company for another job, and one of her coworkers who will be taking over jokingly asked me if I wanted a full-time job, in front of his manager! My project sponsor said I was going to b-school in the fall, and her manager asked me where I was going. I guess I must've been doing a good job, eh?

Nice! You know, that's how a lot of positions are filled: internally, through little happenstance moments like that.
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