8 Months and Finally an Offer!

Exactly a year and 3 days ago, I received my admit from Columbia University. I was supremely relieved and excited to say the least. And now, a year and 3 days later, I got my offer from Salesforce for a summer internship as a Technical Program Manager. On many levels, getting this offer has been harder. Much harder. Three things came to my mind as soon as I got the news:

1. The importance of luck: As much as I’d like to say it was skill and hard-work, it would be unfair to not admit that there was an incredible amount of luck involved too. At a time when I was scouring the websites looking for any and all companies to apply to, the interview request from Salesforce came with absolutely no warning. The entire process got over so quickly that I’m still in a state of limbo. The story of how it happened is certainly a (funny) one to remember.

2. The importance of generosity: My gratitude does not stop just with the employees who selflessly agreed to refer me, or the employees who agreed to talk to me before the interview. It goes out to every single person who I have spoken to (and it is easily more than 90) in the last 7-8 months who agreed to have a call, meet or chat with me to share their experiences/tips/advice. Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need – How fitting!

I promised myself that the day I have something concrete on hand, I will begin to help those who come after me. And now it has finally begun.

3. The importance of optimism: 8 months is not a short amount of time. When I came to the US, my goal was to receive an offer by December. And then it changed to January. And then to February. And then to March. Finally, it happened in April. I’m sure if it hadn’t happened now, the only change would have been my goal’s deadline, not my foolish optimism. But this foolish optimism really helps – it helps to get you going whatever happens. (Please stay that way)


There are still many students on the hunt for internships across the US. Sadly, the demand heavily outweighs the supply. From my experience, I found that nothing helps as much as being focused, positive and working hard.

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  1. Congrats!! Good to know that your hard work has yielded great fruits!! Good luck for the next phase of postgrad life!!!

  2. That’s a nice experience to share. I’m exactly in your shoes right now but without any Internship offer as of yet. Got my admit exactly a year and 3 days ahead. Had my goal to get an Internship by Dec, but it just keeps on shifting and I hope I get one soon! But you gonna be having a great time at Salesforce for sure! Good luck!

    1. Hi Piyush,
      I can definitely understand how you feel. But I sincerely hope you keep trying hard, especially at this point. Do let me know once you get it, Piyush! I genuinely wish all the luck is in your favor! 🙂

  3. Hi Soundarya,

    I have an admit and god willing will start my business analytics program in UIC in Aug. I was deeply involved into solving my own puzzle of whether to choose Canada or US (had admits from both with Canada being the more reputed university). I was initially avoiding US because of the fight and risks. But lately had made up my mind to take the risk and fight with all my will. Your post definitely helps me now to strengthen my belief and also will help me in times when I feel weak!!

    Thank you and keep sharing.

  4. I was searching for Salesforce internship experiences and somehow landed here. This is a nice post. I hope you are also excited about the summer. I will also be interning at Salesforce at San Francisco. 😀

    1. Hi Ali,
      Haha, small world! I’m really excited to meet all the other interns and employees. 😀 I might come to SF for a weekend (my office is in Washington). Maybe we can meet then. Good luck!

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