The wage negotiations went in an interesting direction for me. Over the phone, I gave an amount that I was comfortable with. They countered with an offer that was $7 above my initial amount and asked if it was okay with it. I said that I was fine with it. I just got my offer letter in the mail and the amount is $2 above the originally agreed upon amount. Everything else in the offer letter is the same as what was agreed upon over the phone.
I have read enough of these posts to know better than to blindly trust HR. What does the company gain by increasing my pay?
This is for an internship position at a large and well respected tech company. This will also be my first time working.
I emailed and they said that it was fully intentional and that they could get me a bit extra on my hourly. I'm going to go with what A. I. Breveleri said as being the likely reason.