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Whether or not you plan to work at a company after completing college, working as an intern is a great way of acquiring experience and adding a line on your resume. Nonetheless, a lot of companies use it as an avenue of hiring full-time employees, meaning you may have to be choosy about the company where you decide to work as an intern.
That raises the question of what you should do when you receive nice offers for internships from various companies, but you still want to hold out a bit longer in the hopes of receiving an offer from a company you’re really interested in working at. Here are some tips on getting an extension on an offer deadline.
Outline your reasons for asking for an extension
Keep in mind that you’re essentially asking the company to be accommodative of your personal career goals. You should therefore exhibit the same thoughtfulness. This means that you should not simply ask for an extension for the sake of it, especially when you know that you are more than likely to take the offer.
It is therefore imperative that you put a lot of thought into why you really need the extension. Are you interested in meeting more team members to feel out the company culture and find out whether you’re a good fit? Are you interested in interning elsewhere or being part of a different project? Having the answers to these questions will help frame your communication with the company.
Educate yourself on your college’s employer policies
More often than not, universities have in place employer policies aimed at protecting you and other students from organizations that give offers with unreasonably short deadlines (e.g., 24 hours) among other unbecoming employer behavior.
While these policies may vary, most recommend deadlines of between a week and a number of months. You can find usually find these policies on the career pages of your college’s website. Employers are encouraged to adhere to these policies to maintain a good recruiting relationship with the learning institution.
Since these policies vary from one college to another, you are responsible for informing the company that gives you an offer about your college’s recommendations among other reasons supporting your request for an offer extension.
Even in a case where your college does not have policies of this nature, a reasonable recruiter will be aware of your need to handle more than one responsibility. Irrespective of your college, the company should be in a position to give you at least one week to think about its offer, and possibly more for offers made during spring and fall semesters.
Don’t be afraid to talk to the recruiter
Backed up by your college employer policies and strong reasons for needing the offer deadline extension, the next step is talking to your recruiter. You’re better off having an actual conversation for such negotiations, but an email is also fine if arranging for a phone appointment would take too long and time is not on your side.