5.3.2. Accepting the Summer Internship offer

So you have several offers. What now? Choose carefully:

– Don’t think about the money: Compensation is important, but not for now (of course you can use some to pay next year’s tuition, but think long-term). Choose the offer that will provide you better opportunities for the future, as well as relevant experience and contacts in the field you like.

– Avoid dead-end internships: Many companies will hire international students for the summer, but not for permanent positions. Choose a different offer, with a company that does hire for full-time positions.

– Consider offers in your country: Even if you want to stay in the US, it can make sense to accept an offer in your country (or anywhere else in the world) if it relates better to what you want to do.

– Think of the project and the boss: The level of satisfaction you will derive from the internship does not depend on the company or the compensation, but on the specific project (or task) you will be assigned to, and your relationship (or rapport) with your supervisor. During the second round interviews, try to determine both, and get to know everything you can about them.

– Consider accepting two offers: If you have trouble choosing among two very interesting jobs, try taking both. Negotiate with both firms, and you can work half the summer at one, half the summer at the other.