April 12th, 2005


True tales of the real live hunt for internship

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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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