Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on Monday, April 9, 2018
You are smart to put so much effort into your future! An internship can be the perfect foot in the door a great company. Typically if an offer is made to you, the recruiter or hiring manager delivering the offer will also give you a timeline for your response. If they don't, be prepared to ask for one. You can say something as simple as, thank you for the offer, when would you like my response? Or if you have a timeline in mind, ask for it. Two weeks is a long time, especially for an internship. They are likely working off a list of people and as a recruiter, I personally would move on to my next candidate if I did not hear back from a prospect in that period of time. Making sure your intentions and agreed upon timeline is clear will be critical if you plan to delay so significantly.
Have you ever heard the cliche...A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush? Well that rings true here. An offer you've already received is tangible and potentially worth more than one you may or may not get. So consider that when you delay acceptance or decline. Also, follow up with the organizations you are waiting to hear back from to see if you are still in the running.
It is also just fine to chase the job you really want! So make sure you are always courteous and respectful when you are deciding your path forward. You never know who you may encounter in the future of your career!
Get your applications in for the positions you are interested in, the summer is almost here!