I applied for a job after I was laid off from my old position as a system admin. I was not offered a full-time job, but I was offered an internship with the caveat that I would go back to school and complete my B.S. degree in the fall.

I only have a two year degree right now and I never really wanted to get my B.S, but knew I really wanted to work full-time again so I took the internship while looking for another job. I've finally gotten a full-time offer that does not require me to go back to school.

How do I handle telling my boss I'm leaving the intern position while still being professional?

  • So, you were at company A, got laid off, have been working as an intern at company A, and just got a job offer from company B? Isn't giving 2 weeks notice and going to the new company all you need to do to be professional? Jul 27, 2017 at 16:45
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    No Company A laid me off, Company B gave me an internship, and now company C has offered me a full time position
    – apples723
    Jul 27, 2017 at 16:46
  • Ah, and the internship at company B is based on you becoming a student, but you aren't going to do that now. Jul 27, 2017 at 16:48
  • Correct. I have my associates and in my field that really is all you need.
    – apples723
    Jul 27, 2017 at 16:58

2 Answers 2


This one's easy.

Hello boss, my plans have changed. Here's my 2-week notice.

Life happens. You don't owe your boss any explanation at all, so a simple "my plans have changed" should be sufficient.


As a professional, your boss won't take it personally. Just give your standard 2-week notice.

If you fail to do that (for example, suddenly not show up to work or give less than 2 weeks notice) then it could affect your professional references later on... references and experience are crucial to your career, so don't do anything to jeopardize any of them if possible.

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