Pop Quiz Thursday:
1. Summer Internship A (SIA) pays significantly more (many thousands) than Summer Internship B (SIB).
2. SIA is in NYC, near where you live, while SIB is in DC, where you’ve been once and don’t know anyone.
Easy decision, right? A is clearly better. Except what haven’t we mentioned?
3. SIB is in a field that greatly interests you, whereas SIA, eh, not so much.
4. SIB stresses group networking and team-building, and you already like a number of the people in the program. SIA, again, not so much.
Obviously, these are two amazing choices, and would qualify as a “problem” most students would kill to have. Still, the decision is difficult. So put on your noise-cancelling headphones and think: “What do I really want to get out of this internship?” If the answer is figuring out what you want to do after school, and interacting with people who might help you accomplish that goal, then the choice is clear, regardless of how many people tell you to follow the money.