DEAR BG - INTERNSHIPS & NETWORKING
Q: I was offered a few amazing internship opportunities - how do I kindly reject one without burning any bridges?
"First of all - way to go #girlboss!
You should treat yourself to something special and recognize your big achievements!
Agreed, you never want to burn a bridge.
So we suggest you do the follow-up and share with the team that you greatly appreciate their offer and you are having a hard time turning it down because (fill in specific reasons why you love the company and the position...).
Next, be honest and real (why did you have to turn it down - you needed to take a paid position to help with your student loans, you took another internship that was closer to school, you said no because the other opportunity was only 5 hours a week and offered you extra time to study for school etc.)
Then, let them know you would love to be on their radar for future opportunities and then ask the contact if they would be open to staying in touch." - Rachael Bozsik CEO + Founder of The Brand Girls