Interning At The Same Place: Pros and Cons

After an internship experience, there’s a time to reflect on the work and the time that you’ve had in a particular role and at a specific company. Sometimes, after a great experience, a lot of interns accept return offers for the next summer. Let’s discuss some of the benefits and also not-so-great things about staying with the same company for two consecutive internships.

PROS:

  • More Trust & Greater Responsibilities

When you intern somewhere AGAIN, there’s a huge chance that the second time around, you’ll be given more responsibilities. This is because you already know how to do some tasks AND management trusts you more. Your boss already knows you’re responsible – you wouldn’t have gotten the return offer otherwise. People also generally trust you more now that you’ve done a first internship with the company, which is great if you’re in need of future references!

  • Relationship Building

When you come back for a second internship, it shows that you loved your experience and that you enjoyed the people with whom you spent your time. By coming back, you’re able to build up the relationships you were able to make even stronger. After all, a second internship experience means more time with a company and upper management and the same culture. If that culture consists of fun team-building exercises, there’s a huge chance that your relationships will be much stronger by the end of your second internship than if you had gone somewhere else.

  • Greater Chance Of A Full-Time Offer (Usually)

Because you’ll be able to get to know more people and different people more closely while also demonstrating your skills and work ethic, there’s a huge chance you’ll get a full-time offer. Not only that, but most companies don’t want to lose somebody who was willing to spend time with them through not one but two internships.

  • Possibility Of A Raise

Usually, accepting a return internship offer also means higher pay. Sometimes, a company won’t offer higher pay for the second internship but will speak of other benefits. In fact, if you intern twice at the same company, you can use that as an advantage for negotiating full-time offer salaries, so in the long run, there are two possibilities of higher pay!

CONS:

  • Less Different Experiences

If you intern in the same place, you will be limiting yourself to one company and not exploring your options. This can lead to a situation where you are less knowledgeable than your peers about how different companies operate, how the size of a company impacts its culture, and other miscellaneous topics. Additionally, if you end up interning in the same role, there may be very little change in the kinds of work you do, leading you to become exposed to less. 

  • No Change In Environment

Internships are your time to explore, mostly commitment-free. While you do have to put your best foot forward and do good work, companies never expect interns to stay full-time (although they definitely want you to!). Because of this, it might be good to switch it up. Not only that but having a change of scenery, such as a new office or city may show you how important location is for your post-grad happiness. When you get a full-time job, you’ll be expected to dedicate yourself to that company, but for now, internships are your way to figure out where you truly belong, so unless you’re sure you want to end up at the first place you interned, it makes sense to try something new even if it’s more stressful or more work to get a new offer.

  • Not Seeing Different Management Styles

Seeing different management styles and company hierarchies and how it affects you, your progression at that company, and the quality of your work is crucial to your long-term success. Comparing management styles and seeing what works for you is not easy, however, when you’ve only interned at one specific company. This isn’t a make-or-break, and if your first internship had everything you wanted and more regarding management, you have nothing to worry about. If you, on the other hand, feel comfortable with your boss’ leadership style and also did not enjoy how company leadership was structured, it might be time to reconsider a second internship at the same place.

  • Meeting Fewer People (Usually, But Not Always)

If you are coming back to intern again at a big company, you will surely meet as many people as you would at a new internship. However, at a small or mid-sized company, you may just be limited to meeting a new intern class, rather than many new individuals. If you are somebody who needs more practice networking or values new connections over deeper ones, this is definitely a factor to consider.

By Alina Minkova
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