Where most questions on this topic are about how to tell a future employer that the applicant is no longer interested in the offer, I'd like to know: how can I accept an offer for an internship with the understanding that I may need to renege at a later date?
I've completed multiple interviews with this company (company 'B'). It looks promising and surely wouldn't be a bad place to be this summer. Central US, IT related. However, I've been working through the hiring process with another company ('A'), and it has taken quite some time. I will be scheduling a site tour next month that will be very exciting. I'd like to make a good impression at both companies. I have been given the offer to join company B, and I would like to accept. If I do not get another offer in time for summer, this will be a good backup. However, if I eventually get an offer for A, I would prefer to work there.
Furthermore, there are positions opening at a third company in a few months. These also sound very interesting, but I can always apply there in future years.
Is there any way I can let HR at B know about this while I accept the offer? It's a little bit of a tough spot: I have no prior internship experience and hiring me would surely be a risk. I also don't want my reputation, or that of my school, to be damaged. Is it better to take the gamble that I will find a better internship opportunity, and drop out of consideration immediately? I have a few days to decide. Any suggestions?