Accepting the Job

Congratulations—you have received an offer for a co-op, internship, or entry-level full-time position! While you may be tempted to accept the offer immediately so you can stop worrying about your job search, it’s wise to think seriously about it before you say yes (or no).

Once the initial excitement of getting an offer wears off, you have some important issues to consider. Is the proposed salary what you expected? Will it meet your financial needs? Is the company or organization located in a place where you actually want to live? When you interviewed, did you feel comfortable with the people you met? You need to think carefully about these factors, and perhaps discuss them with your family, before accepting the offer.

Most employers will give you at least two weeks to consider an offer and may be willing to give you additional time if needed. If you feel that you need additional time before you can make a commitment, contact the recruiter who made the offer to discuss how much extra time would be reasonable. In some cases you may be waiting for an offer from another employer so you can compare offers before making a decision. If you want to discuss the pros and cons of your offers with an adviser, contact us to set up an appointment.

Once you have accepted a position, either verbally or in writing:

  • Notify all other prospective employers that you have found a position and that you wish to withdraw your application from their consideration.
  • Cancel any further scheduled interviews with other employers. It is dishonest to continue with the job search process once you have accepted an offer.

Reneging on a job offer—that is, accepting the offer and then declining it at a later time—is unethical and can damage your professional reputation, both now and in the future. It can also damage relations between the employer and Penn State and can impact future opportunities for other engineering students.

Our office does not support reneging on any co-op, internship, or full-time entry-level position for any reason. Students who renege on co-op or internship offers will not be permitted further use of the eCareer job search system without first meeting with our director to discuss the situation.

If an employer makes you an offer and then withdraws the offer without a substantiated reason, please let us know as soon as possible.