I did on-site interviews for an internship. I have a strong resume, but it's a competitive position.
They told me they would know of their decision by this week. Then they told me they would know by next week but they might know sooner, in which case they will let me know. I suspect that I've been deemed a second-choice applicant, where if someone rejects their offer I'll be given it instead.
I really need a decision soon. If I don't get this internship I'll be applying to a couple of other companies with approaching deadlines that require long essays about why I want to work there and academic references, which are a big time drain and will require me to bother my professors.
How can I ask this company for a decision sooner, and not alienate them or have them reject me? I want to work for this company, but I need to make plans for what to do if I don't get the position.