i am currently interning at an MBB firm for eight weeks. I was staffed on one case for the first four weeks and it went well (maybe not excellent but good enough that I was 99% sure I would get a return offer after my internship).
Two weeks ago, I got staffed on another case and it hasn‘t been going as well - I got feedback from my PL this week and he said I was slightly underperforming (compared to other interns he has worked with). He told me about my strengths and improvement points and I agree on them, but I am now scared that I will not be able to turn the situation around within my last two weeks… I really want and need a return offer because I generally enjoy working at the firm and also financially depend on an offer since I moved to a new country for the internship and will be graduating (and therefore needing a job there) soon.
My PL is very busy with meeting so me and my team don’t get the chance to talk to him that much, and he is very direct and cold, which makes me intimated by him. This means that I am sometimes scared to speak up in front of him or ask him questions (I do ask the rest of the team questions and try to get help from them though).
He also wants our team to be very self-organized and everyone to drive their parts of the project, but since I have never done this before I needed more help doing that than I should have.
If one of my PLs votes in favor of me and one against me, I suppose that I woule usually not receive a full-time offer, correct? (I am not sure who else gets to weigh in on the position but know that I have everyone else (including HR) on my side besides my current PL in case I cannot turn the situation around.)
Also, do you have any tips on how to improve the situation? Should I try to switch cases for the last two weeks and just give up on my current case? Should I try to extend my internship to get more time to convince my current PL? Should I try to talk to my PL and tell him my standpoint to figure out how exactly I can turn the situation around?
Any suggestions are appreciated!