Background: I am sophomore college student currently working on my way towards a computer engineering degree. Despite being very young, I have 3 years experience with a Fortune 500 software company, with experience in both software QA and actual software engineering.
Last week, I had a couple interviews with a company about a possible summer internship. I had one over the phone with HR, which basically was just a weed-out interview, and then an actual video interview with the two "hiring managers", which were really just members of the team I was going to be working for. Originally, I had applied for the software engineering team, as I am very suited for that position, but was contacted and interviewed for the "release team." During the initial interview, the HR rep made it clear that this position was not technical, and required no programming skills. It seemed to me like a lot of paper work and communication with all the actual programming teams.
Both interviews went really well, they were impressed with my resume up to this point, and personally, I felt over qualified for the position. However, when I asked about housing and compensation, it seemed to 'irk' the interviewers. They made it clear that housing stipends were not supplied by the company, even though they are located in one of the most expensive places to live in the country. When I asked about compensation, the HR rep was unsure about the answer, and she expressed a lot of surprise when I told her I made $16.50 an hour at my last programming job. When I asked the hiring managers, they too did not have an answer, but joked that any salary should be fine since a lot of internships are unpaid. I remained amiable, but I was not very amused by this answer. The majority of my living money during the school year comes from summer jobs, and considering I already have a head start on experience, unpaid internships are just a waste of my time. In no way did I express this opinion, but unpaid internships are almost unheard of in the engineering field, and hearing that they were planning on offering me a low salary put me off a bit.
Overall, I felt like the interviews went very well, and that I was almost a shoe-in for the job, I had experience working releases as a software dev, so working as a release intern on a high level would've been easy. However, I received an email this morning from HR stating that they were going to move forward with other candidates with more experience in the engineering field. Did I scare away the interviewers with talk of compensation and living stipends? Are these not questions I should be asking until they offer me the job? My step brother got an internship with a company in Houston, and they gave him an $8000 moving stipend, along with a very high salary and housing stipend, but is it not reasonable for me to expect something like this?
I was legitimately interested and excited for the job, however I feel like I might have scared the interviewers. The fact that they are "pursuing candidates with more experience" seems like an excuse. Anyone with more experience than me would expect the same information as I did, possibly more. Should I not expect this from an internship interview?