CS Internship Guide #15: Can I Have More Money?

Part of the CS Internship Guide


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Congratulations!

You’ve just received an internship offer. However, the pay rate feels a little low.

“Can I ask for higher pay?”

YES! It never hurts to ask. Negotiation is a part of the hiring process, and recruiters know it.

“What if they revoke my offer?”

Recruiters never take back an offer because you asked for a better pay rate. You won’t be seen as greedy or self-interested.

“Okay, how do I negotiate?”

Negotiating an internship offer can be tough. You’ll be communicating with someone who deals with candidates and compensation for a living.

The best thing you can do is to leverage your other internship offers. Got one at $20 an hour and another at $25? Ask your recruiter to match or exceed your highest offer. You can also use your favorite search engine to find pay rates of other internships.

Remember, it never hurts to ask for better compensation.

What’s the best thing you think an intern can do to negotiate a job offer?

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