Offer rescinded less than 1 week into internship, they said "it isn't working out" and no longer need me. What do I do now?

Today was my last day. It was with a small but dominant real estate agency.

Like a lot of you here, I'm a hardworking, driven junior finance major from a Big Ten university with a 3.9 GPA and plenty of ECs. I was looking to really throw myself into this internship, learn the industry, produce quality work, and succeed.

However, Day 1 they shuttled me into the back of the back office without any guidance. They made me find my own desk space. Most significantly, they neither trained me nor gave me anything to do. They didn't even give my coworkers a mere heads up that I was arriving; I introduced myself to them and they said "What? We have an intern?" Subsequently, my time there consisted largely of me walking around, introducing myself, and asking what I could do, which was almost always answered with a "nothing, really".

Come today, I am pulled aside and told that the firm is in a transitional state--that, basically, accepting me as an intern was ill-conceived and myopic and that they simply do not have the resources to train me. From what I've gathered, quite a few more-experienced employees resigned in between the time of my acceptance and starting the job. This created a sudden void in the office which I got lost in.

What do I do now? Should I reach out to local firms explaining the situation causing my sudden availability and showing my willingness to learn and work?

I'm in Pennsylvania, for what it's worth, and am absolutely willing to relocate if it's logistically possible.

Comments (15)

May 12, 2016

Definitely reach out to other firms and explain your situation. Also, you should tell this company In certain words to show some decency and help you land something for the summer.

May 12, 2016

Thanks for the response. What "certain words" would you recommend? Start asking very politely, and if that goes nowhere, be frank about how I need something from them since I pretty much got screwed over?

"A modest man, with much to be modest about"

May 12, 2016

You should definitely ask them for help in finding another summer internship, especially if it was paid. If you are not able to find an internship by this time, try offering to work unpaid. Many firms would be open to doing remote internships with you.

May 12, 2016

This seems to be the consensus. I will definitely email them asking for help. As much as I loathe the concept of unpaid internships, I'll start shopping around for them.

"A modest man, with much to be modest about"

May 25, 2016

Do you have any advice on asking for remote internships?

"A modest man, with much to be modest about"

May 25, 2016

It would be a similar approach to cold emailing about actual internships. Even if you are originally doing grunt work, if you show initiative and are good at what you do, then you will eventually do important stuff. Just make sure that you don't end up with a firm like Blackmore Partners.

May 12, 2016

Not joking, but you might smell. You shower in the morning right?

May 12, 2016

I shower every morning, wear deodorant, and usually Polo Red cologne on top of that. If my smell is the issue, I don't think that's further within my control.

"A modest man, with much to be modest about"

May 12, 2016

You need to be sincere and succinct. Speak to any partners or higher ups you interviewed with. Email your contacts and state that you were very excited to start at the company and are eager to learn about the industry. Say that you understand the situation the firm was put in, but you're left with nothing for your final internship before senior year because of it, and that there is a negligible chance of obtaining a replacement role since formalized recruiting is over. Explain how your last internship is critical to your post-graduate goals, and ask if you could be put in touch with other firms that may need interns since the firm had to rescind your offer. Explicitly state that you're not expecting much besides a few emails or phone calls, but that any help would be appreciated.

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May 12, 2016

This is great advice I'll definitely take. It seems almost perfectly phrased for what I would want to express, too. Would you mind if I take chunks of it?

"A modest man, with much to be modest about"

May 12, 2016

Go right ahead, but make sure to really drive home the importance of obtaining a summer internship.

May 29, 2016

Get back on that saddle my friend. There's still plenty of time to make it.

Absolute truths don't exist... celebrated opinions do.

May 30, 2016

This comment is oddly inspiring in its concision. Thank you.

"A modest man, with much to be modest about"

Nov 29, 2017
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