How to Follow Up on an Internship Offer: Always Get an Agreement in Writing, Ask for an Extension If Necessary, and Courteously Decline Any Offers You Cannot Accept

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In this article, you'll discover how to professionally follow up on an offer of an internship. Be sure to always get an agreement in writing, ask for an extension if necessary, and courteously decline any offers you cannot accept. By doing these three things, you'll be well on your way to landing your dream internship.

So you’ve received an offer for an internship? What’s next? The obvious answer, you might think, is “Say yes!” But before you rush into anything, consider the following tips from the Ball State University Career Center, which include getting an agreement in writing, asking for an extension when necessary, and courteously declining positions you cannot accept.

How to Follow Up on an Internship Offer: Always Get It in Writing

It’s a great victory to receive an offer to work as an intern. You’ve worked hard for it, no doubt. But after landing an internship, how do you follow up? More specifically, if you’ve been offered an internship over the phone, what should your next step be? According to, asking for an offer in writing is priority number one. Yes, you can certainly go ahead and accept the offer, but be sure to ask for a written agreement including your salary and benefits (if offered) and your starting date. This way, if there’s ever any mix-up, you’ll have the agreement on file.

How to Follow Up on an Internship Offer: Ask for an Extension

Maybe you’ve applied for several internships, and you’ve only heard back from one. However, that one wasn’t your first choice. Or maybe you’ve been offered several positions but need some time to think things through. What do you do? Try asking for an extension. If the internship will allow you to do this, you’ll then have the time to wait for other offers to come in and/or consider all your offered positions without feeling rushed.

How to Follow Up on an Internship Offer: Courteously Decline

After deciding which internship is right for you, be sure to quickly contact the employers you won’t be working for. Be professional and courteous. According to, “Remember, you may have contact with that company in the future so it is important not to burn bridges.”

Final Thoughts on How to Follow Up on an Internship Offer

You’ve worked hard to get your internship. Don’t let it slip away by being unprofessional. By always getting an agreement in writing, asking for an extension if necessary, and courteously declining any offers you cannot accept, you’ll start your internship off on the right professional foot.
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