Welcome to the final topic in Module 2 on Evaluating, Negotiating, and Accepting an Internship Offer. Once you receive an internship offer, it’s important to evaluate what is being offered and consider your options to make an informed decision.
Evaluating, negotiating, and accepting an internship offer is an important process that requires careful consideration to ensure that you and the employer are aligned on the terms of the internship. Here are the steps and tips to guide you through this process:
1. Evaluating the Offer.
a. Review the Details: Carefully read through the internship offer letter or email to understand the terms and conditions, including the start and end dates, location, hours, compensation, and any benefits offered.
b. Assess Fit: Consider again how the internship aligns with your career goals, learning objectives, and personal values. Evaluate whether it provides an opportunity to gain relevant skills and experiences.
b. Clarify Any Outstanding Questions: Seek clarification on any remaining questions or details related to the internship, such as reporting structure, specific projects, or onboarding procedures.
d. Seek Guidance: Consult with mentors, career counsellors, or trusted advisors to get their insights and opinions on the internship opportunity.
2. Communicate your Decision
b. Respond Promptly: Once you’ve evaluated the offer and, if needed, negotiated, respond to the employer on time. Typically, you should aim to provide your decision within 24 to 48 hours.
a. Express Gratitude: Whether you accept or decline the offer, express your gratitude for the opportunity, the time spent considering your application, and the decision reached by the organisation.
a. Confirm in Writing: If you decide to accept or decline the offer, confirm in writing. This can be in the form of an email or a formal acceptance letter. If there is an unavoidable circumstance that makes it impossible for you to resume on the expected date, raise this in your communication or you can put a call through to inform the personnel responsible for communicating the offer to you.
3. Negotiating an Internship Offer
Many things can be negotiated in an internship offer. These may include work arrangements such as days and hours to spend in the office, compensation, or departments and projects you’re interested in. However, remember that you are always in a better position to negotiate if you have options. Provided you don’t, you may need to prove your worth before being able to negotiate your terms. At this point, you would have developed closer relationships with people at the organisation and have better insights on who the decision maker in your negotiation is. When negotiating, do your research on what is obtainable in the industry so that your demands are feasible and not outrageous.