Juan (mcclintock) wrote,

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True tales of the real live hunt for internship

My comments in bold

Good morning,

I'd like to take this opportunity to update you on the progress of the
hiring for the National Park Service Business Plan Initiative internship.

We have finalized the 26-person team for this summer's initiative. I say
26, because we had a park drop out at the last minute. Pictured Rocks
National Lakeshore had to withdraw from the summer program due to unforseen
circumstances. Therefore, we allowed for only 26 job acceptances. We will
be assigning those 26 consultants to the 10 participating park units this
week. D'oh! Not me. At this point I expect the next paragraph to say. Thank you for applying.
The decision was hard, but we regret to inform you that we do not have a position for you. Good luck on your hunt.

We will be replacing Pictured Rocks with another park unit next week. It
is also possible that another park unit will be added the following week.
As these two units are added, we will be reaching to our short list to make
job offers for those specific units. The minimum additional consultants we
will hire is two.
The maximum is four. In either case, the decision will
be made very quickly. Ah. Hope. Staying Alive, Staying Alive.

If you are receiving this message, you are in the top twelve final
contenders for the summer positions. We have notified all other remaining
applicants of their final status.

While we recognize that you will be disappointed not to have been chosen in
the first few rounds of offers, you should know that the pool is extremely
talented. Each and every person in this group of final twelve contenders
is on the list because we would be honored to have you on our team.
Man, this is how to write a good letter. She's made me feel better about being a consolation pick.

If you would like to be considered for the final park placements, please
let us know. If you do not want to be considered, or have accepted another
offer, we will not be adding additional people to the final contender list.
If you are chosen, you will be called in about a week and made an offer for
a specific park unit. We will give you several days to consider the

Please respond to this message by this Friday. If you have any questions,
please do not hesitate to call.



Hmmm...Here's where my logical brain starts to chug gears.
2-4 more positions open. So average 3 more places. I'm guestimating that at least two of the
twelve probably have offers at this point which brings it down to 10 finalists for
3 positions or a 30% chance of getting an offer. However, they must either be
sadistic to send it out to us 12 folks, or they figure a much higher percentage
have offers already. I don't know, I think sending it out to more than 7 people
is kinda iffy, but maybe they have previous numbers to go on. What sucks is if I don't get
an offer I'm going to know I missed it by one or two people.

Let me just add that I'm blown away by the professionalism of the recruiter for the NPS.
They've been polite, informative, communicative and friendly every step of the process and that's rare.
I FLEW TO CHICAGO to interview with BP (British Petroleum) and sent them a thank you letter, and I never
even got a reply or a 'thanks for coming to interview' from them. As I have quoted in my user info..
The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.
--Samuel Johnson
That applies to organizations too.

I've also been offered some contract positions for Accounts Payable/Accounts Receivable (AP/AR) work because my resume is out on Monster.com for the internship hunt.
Some early birds haven't figured out that the title 'MBA searching for Summer Internship'
means my start date is mid May even if I decide to do one of those jobs for summer cash. So the polite thing to say is 'Call me back in a month.'

I thought this letter was particularly nice. I mean they even put my name.. not dear applicant. Gives it that personal touch

Hello Shaun--

Thank you for your application to our summer internship program at Los
Alamos National Laboratory. We enjoyed the opportunity to learn more about
you during your interview. Because of the large number of qualified
candidates this year, making our final decision was very difficult.

Unfortunately, we will only be hiring five to ten individuals who must
represent a diversity of business and technical backgrounds. We inform you
with great regret that you were not selected at this time.

We appreciate your interest in the Technology Transfer Division at Los
Alamos National Laboratory. We wish you the best of luck in your hunt for a
challenging career opportunity.


B. Padilla and S. Clow

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