When to sign full time as an incoming MBB intern?


TL;DR: Should I sign a full time offer before the internship even began or early in the summer? (earlier sign = earlier start date priority)

So, I am an incoming MBB intern and my firm has extended a full time offer to all incoming interns. I was told by my offices recruiting team that if I sign prior to starting, I am considered an immediate signee and given the highest priority for start dates. After that, they will consider start dates based on how early I signed up until the deadline after the internship. They did mention that because we are interns we are receiving these offers pretty early regardless. 

Given this, my question is should I sign now if it is my intention to sign anyways? 

I am hesitant to sign immediately, because I want to make sure I get courting in some way. When I got my Internship offer I signed it the same day and as a result didn't get courted with the dinners and opportunity to talk to different people throughout the office. So for the full time I would like to have some sort of courting. 

Comments (6)

May 16, 2022 - 5:54am
DrApeman, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Is that something that happens? The lack of invitation if you sign early?

I only ask because for the UK MBB office where I signed (like a month ago, for a July start), I am very much receiving invitations to events/meet-ups. I can't attend them because I am working FT and living in another country, but I definitely am getting those invites. Maybe in the US, and for interns, it's a different story. Could be worth sending an email to the recruiter enquiring about the types of events organised between now and the eventual start dates, so they can keep you in the loop.

In any case, congrats on your offer!

  • Intern in IB - Gen
May 16, 2022 - 6:00am

Well, I don't think you won't get an invitation to intern specific events, but for example I know that most of the other interns already got to see the office and got flown out if to dinner. I just think they don't do those things to wow you that are kind of cool.

May 16, 2022 - 6:04am
DrApeman, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I see what you mean now. All I can say is that for my FT offer (as AC/BA/A) I definitely got the email last week for an event like that: panel Q&A + office tour + dinner. No harm in asking them :) so far all the recruiters from MBB I spoke too have been super nice and friendly, so it can't hurt.

Good luck for your internship next year :)

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  • Senior Consultant in Consulting
May 16, 2022 - 2:44pm

I think you might be caught up in a lot of excitement and might not be thinking clearly. I don't mean that as a petty insult -- it's really common when dealing with big decisions about the future

Delaying a signing offer because you want to be 'courted' doesn't make much sense

  • If you want to talk to different people in the office, just set up time with them while you're working there. It's accepted and expected for interns to be doing that. You don't need to be on a sell tree to talk to people
  • If your rationale is that you want the 'courting' part where everybody calls you and tells you that you're special and they want you to sign, honestly you're being immature to weigh that over almost anything of consequence
  • There probably won't be dinners and whatnot only for the people who haven't yet signed -- by the end of the internship you'll be familiar with the firm and the people working there, so an event like that wouldn't really move the needle on converting offers to signees. Also keep in mind once you accept your FT offer you'll become a sort of 'ambassador' at the school next year and may get pulled into do those things anyway

If your rationale is that it's reasonably possible you won't want to sign FT, then waiting until you've experienced the job could be reasonable. But just wanting to be 'courted' is honestly not, and if you reflect on how hard you've worked and how fortunate you are to be in your situation, you'll probably reach the same conclusion

May 18, 2022 - 2:26pm
GoingToBeAnMD, what's your opinion? Comment below:

OP - I agree with the above, it's good advice. +SB

If the "courting" really is that important to you (it shouldn't be) then you should know they'll probably court you anyways. Most firms realize that it's one thing to sign you, it's another for you to actually show up on the first day. I'm 100% positive they will still have contact with you and events for all incoming 1st years. 

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