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Hello.

My summer internship will start in the beginning of July. But my summer break will not start till the end of July. And the university won't let me go before the exact ending date of the term.
What shall I do now? If I negotiate with HR, will they let me join the SA program a bit late?

Anyone can give me some suggestion? Thank you sooooooooooo much!!!

Comments (15)

  • Whiskey5's picture

    Your university won't let you go? What the hell does that even mean?

    Talk to your professors to see if you can take the final early. I would speak with your professors on a very personal level before you talk to HR. This of course, will show how articulate and how personable you are.

    From my limited perspective, and if I were HR, I'd replace you in an instant since there are many other qualified interns to replace you.

  • dmackorth's picture

    Just a note about HR-

    They dont actually care about your internship or experience. This could play either way- they ditch you for someone else, or they just need a body to be there as many weeks as YOU can that may or may not get a FT offer after.

    I am not sure that a conflict is terrible for you, that said, still talk to professors first.

    The thing with HR worked for me but that was because the head of my division told them to make it work!

  • In reply to dmackorth
    Tian_Chen's picture

    dmackorth wrote:
    If it eases your mind at all I did this exact thing for a BB in NYC this summer. I am a student in the Uk and our school calendar doesnt match up with the US but they still let me come..

    im a student in the UK as well. This intern offer is from HK. I have tried to negotiate with my uni. And they insisted that I have to attend the final presentation of my dissertation at the end of July :(((((((
    did u do well with ur intern in the end? how abt FT offer?

  • In reply to Whiskey5
    Tian_Chen's picture

    Whiskey5 wrote:
    Your university won't let you go? What the hell does that even mean?

    Talk to your professors to see if you can take the final early. I would speak with your professors on a very personal level before you talk to HR. This of course, will show how articulate and how personable you are.

    From my limited perspective, and if I were HR, I'd replace you in an instant since there are many other qualified interns to replace you.

    not every university works like your university.
    There are some certain rules in the world that can not be changed.
    Also, I assume you are studying in an American university. The universities in the UK have tortally different rules. No one can take the finals earlier here.

  • In reply to Tian_Chen
    Tian_Chen's picture

    Tian_Chen wrote:
    Whiskey5 wrote:
    Your university won't let you go? What the hell does that even mean?

    Talk to your professors to see if you can take the final early. I would speak with your professors on a very personal level before you talk to HR. This of course, will show how articulate and how personable you are.

    From my limited perspective, and if I were HR, I'd replace you in an instant since there are many other qualified interns to replace you.

    not every university works like your university.
    There are some certain rules in the world that can not be changed.
    Also, I assume you are studying in an American university. The universities in the UK have a tortally different system. No one can take the finals earlier here.

  • Pike's picture

    Thats a pretty terrible situation, I would call HR and try to have someone at the university talk with them

    XX

  • LeeteasY's picture

    Just a question: do you have to be present at university all the time? If not, ask for three days off during your internship (you will have to explain why), fly back to the UK on day 1, attend presentation on day 2, fly back on day 3. This will cost you some bucks, nerves and time (jetlag inc), but a career is worth more than just that.

    I'd find out first what is going to happen if you don't attend the presentation (if its a minor penalty, just suck it up ). You should definitely work on the university side first and only go to your SA employer and ask for a postponement of the internship if nothing else works out.