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I recently completed an internship at a large company that makes full-time offers to a very high percentage of its interns. I received an offer and declined it, but I don't want people to think that I didn't get one. Is it acceptable to mention this offer on my resume? I was thinking of adding it as a bullet point associated with the internship.

On a somewhat related note, if you were asked to return but not given a formal offer, is that acceptable to include as well?

  • That was the result of a different internship at a different software company. In particular, this company didn't (at least at the time) have the habit of handing out offers at the end of the summer, but if they liked you they'd ask you to contact them when you're looking for a job, and they'd reach out to you early the next year. It was a sort of "hey, would you like to come back? We've got lots of positions you could intern in" type message, but I'd already taken another offer. By contrast, at my most recent internship, I got a full offer letter with a very reasonable salary. – user10418 Sep 2 '13 at 4:50
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It's acceptable to put anything that you think is relevant on your resume.

You want to include details that paint you in a good light, and show that you are a potential employee that the interviewing manager should hire.

I've been interviewing and hiring for many years and have never seen this sort of thing on a resume. Frankly, I'm not sure I'd lend much credence to an offer that wasn't accepted. It would be hard to check, and would raise doubts if it was a formal offer, or just one of those typical "look us up when you are ready for a full-time position" offers that most interns get. Perhaps it was an offer at such a minimal salary that it wasn't worth much.

The most useful resume items are those where you recently worked at a job which demonstrated skills similar to the job you are applying for. Rejected offers don't really demonstrate much.

I suspect your best bet is to simply mention just the internship on your resume and cover letter, and go into the fact that you got an offer of employment from them (and subsequently rejected it) only if the internship topic comes up in your interview.

But if you are new to the job force, you may not have anything better than a rejected offer to put on your resume. In that case, something is usually better than nothing.

Good luck!

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I would put that in your cover letter and be prepared to talk about it or mention it during an interview when asked, but not in the resume itself.

Resumes should stick to facts, and avoid things that could or should have happened.

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