I know that it's quite unlikely probably that an intern quit early, since they put a lot into getting the internship in the first place but nevertheless did you hear about interns who just couldn't handle the hours and therefore decided to quit early?
Have Interns Ever Quit Internships Early?
Yes, interns have quit early before. After going through the hyper-competitive process of securing an internship, most interns know that they're in for long hours. Those who quit don't usually do so because of the hours. It's often for another reason such as:
- Personal health issues
- Family emergency
- Realized the job is not a good fit
- Received better offer
Should You Quit Your Internship?
It depends. The skills you learn and relationships you build during your internship can be incredibly valuable to your career. However, there are some situations where WSO community members feel it would be okay to quit.
From user @Asatar
When I was an intern someone quit to go do something else entirely in a different country. Some people just go for internships because they think it's the 'right' thing to do and then realise the job isn't for them, which is fair enough.
From user @Donny_Axelrod
In my group's intern case - it was a personal choice cause he felt that banking wasn't the right fit. Once you are halfway in, you know if this is for you or not, if you are offer-track or not etc.
From user @Toys-R-Soros
My colleague quit his wealth management internship for an equity research part-time job. I think it was a good move, because it could lead to his dream job in IBD.
From user @Greg Marmalard
If you just don't like what you're doing then stick it out and you'll be better for it, but if there's questionable legality or it goes against your morals, then don't feel bad for standing up for what you feel is right.
How to Quit Your Internship
Check out our forum post, How To Quit an Internship Without Ruining Your Future Prospects for tips on how to quit without burning bridges.