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I interned at Company A this past summer and it went great. I learned a lot and liked their hard working but laid back culture quite a bit. In the interview process for the internship they talked about how they wanted interns to come back and work full time for many years.

I applied at Company B after my internship ended honestly thinking that Company A would be my easy 1st choice for a full time job. Company B changed my mind during the interview process though. Company B is a larger company that develops using varying and much newer technology and small teams. I fee like this could be extremely helpful for my career long term. They also appear to have a laid back vibe, but of course I have no idea for sure. They gave me a better offer than Company A, with a slightly higher salary, yearly bonus, and great benefits.

I have decided to go with Company B, but am I burning bridges with Company A because I interned but declined a full time job? I definitely want to stay friendly with them incase I ever want to work there again. (Especially if things don't work out with Company B) I will get back to Company A quickly declining so they have more time to fill the position, but I can't help but feel like any chance of me working there ever again is over.

marked as duplicate by gnat, paparazzo, Rory Alsop, Jonast92, Richard Says Reinstate Monica Nov 16 '16 at 13:16

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No, you should not feel bad, and you are not burning any bridges.

Company A will be just fine. Just decline it graciously. They don't hire every intern, and not every intern accepts an offer. You are not "betrothed" to them.

  • Thanks for the reply, I wasn't sure if it is expected by companies for their interns to always return. It seems like a large portion of interns due return to software companies so I wasn't sure. – user60257 Nov 16 '16 at 2:32
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    Re: "you are not burning any bridges" - So long as you don't do anything stupid when rejecting the offer. Don't try to justify why you chose company B. Just tell company A that you appreciate the internship, you learned a lot and the folks that you worked with were very helpful. Very few folks work for a company their whole lives anymore. You may work for company B in the future or with some of the now company B employees at a different company in the future. So always try to maintain network connections. – MaxW Nov 16 '16 at 6:51
  • ^ very important note. – Jonast92 Nov 16 '16 at 13:02

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