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Economics and Statistics double major. If I get a late internship offer from McKinsey or PWC, will they mind if I renege on my current data analysis internship?

New answer on May 31, 2024
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Lakshay asked on May 29, 2024
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Hey there, I'm an undergrad Economics and Statistics double major at a flagship state university. McKinsey, PWC, and some others are coming to campus with internship offers. It's pretty late in the recruitment season, so I had already accepted a data analysis internship for another company. The question is, if I get an offer from one of the respected consulting firms, will they have an issue with me reneging on the data analysis internship to work for them?

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replied on May 29, 2024
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As an undergrad pursuing a competitive internship, the decision to potentially renege on an accepted offer demands careful consideration. Here is a structured approach to help you navigate this situation:

1. Assess the Prestige and Impact

  • Prestige of Firms: Recognize that consulting firms like McKinsey and PwC hold significant prestige.
  • Reputation Risks: Understand that reneging can damage your professional reputation.

2. Approach with Integrity

  • Transparency: If you receive an offer from a consulting firm, be transparent during the interview process.
  • Explain Your Situation: Inform them that you have already accepted another internship but are highly interested in their opportunity.

3. Open Communication

  • Discuss Flexibility: Reputable firms may understand the complexities of recruitment and accommodate your situation.
  • Professional Handling: If you decide to renege, do so professionally by promptly informing the original company.

4. Express Gratitude and Responsibility

  • Thank the Original Company: Express gratitude for their offer.
  • Take Responsibility: Take responsibility for your decision to maintain professionalism.

5. Avoid Burning Bridges

  • Maintain Positive Relationships: Avoid burning bridges as the professional world is small, and maintaining a positive reputation is essential.

6. Weigh Long-term Impacts

  • Professional Credibility: Consider the long-term impacts on your professional credibility.
  • Consult Mentors: Seek guidance from trusted mentors or career advisors for ethical and strategic advice.

By following this structured approach, you can navigate the situation ethically and strategically.

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replied on May 29, 2024
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Hi Lakshay,

It is less likely that the consulting firms would be upset (especially if they dont know) and more likely the data science company. I would think about how to mitigate the potential upset from the data analysis internship if you chose to renege the current internship. 


Kind Regards,


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replied on May 29, 2024
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PWC or McK will not mind but your data analyst company will probably blacklist you. If you get the internship where you really want to work it's not the best thing to renege but it happens frequently. You just have to word it so they are not offended when you do it.

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replied on May 31, 2024
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They don't know that you're reneging on this other offer. 

You need to check what are the consequences of reneging on the offer if you've already signed a pre-contract with the data analysis firm. 

Within the industry, it's considered not elegant to turn your back on an offer that you've already accepted. Still, it happens rather often because, typically, there are no contractual consequences if you refuse an offer. You just need to do what you feel is right for you.


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The company that really minds is the one you renege… not the one from which you accept the offer.

When you renege, have an open conversation and do as much damage control as you can.

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