/ Asked by Caroline
I have been fortunate enough to have been offered two internship positions for this coming summer. I am currently a sophomore in college studying business finance. The first offer is with a small investment bank in NYC which would require me to commute each day from a surrounding metro area suburb. The travel time and additional commuting expense both being significant. The second is with a very large reputable corporation with an established internship program but the job would not be related to finance and I would need to be in the mid-west away from home. I would have housing covered and commuting would be insignificant. From a career standpoint, which internship would be better?
Answered by Carly, Hiring Expert at Albemarle, on Thursday, April 10, 2014
Congratulations on your two internship offers! I would encourage you to base this decision on your career goals and not on the commute since it will be a temporary assignment. Internships are a great way to gain experience in the field in which you are interested which better markets you for a full-time opportunity upon graduation. Considering this, choosing an internship that is in your career field will build a better foundation for securing your dream job. Good luck!
Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on Friday, April 11, 2014
In either case, there will significant impact on your normal activities from either the extended commute or from being far away from home.  Therefore, you should put that part aside and try to determine what else differentiates the opportunities.  As you are just a sophomore, you will have another opportunity for an internship after your junior year.  This internship would be a good opportunity to determine for yourself if you are comfortable with the career path that you have initially chosen.  Therefore, I would lean towards the finance opportunity.  If after this internship, you decide that you would like to go in a different direction, you still have time to make such a change.
Answered by Patti, Hiring Expert at Gap Inc., on Friday, April 11, 2014
thats great to hear! I would spend time weighing out both opportunities and determine a few things- where do you see yourself from a culture fit, what will the responsibilites look like for both, and where can you gain the most expereince to support your future growth and development.
Answered by Ellen, Hiring Expert at Hospira, on Monday, May 12, 2014
Each internship sounds promising.  You should think about what you will gain in terms of your learnings with each internship.  From there you can make the best infomed decision.  My gut says you should consider all of the options but most likely I would lean towards the investment banking firm.  You can apply your course work and validate your continued interest in the finance field. 

Good luck. 
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