Hello I'm currently a sophomore in college studying computer science.
Ever since fall quarter started, I've been going to job fairs and trying to look for an internship next summer. I got really excited to get a chance to apply for all the "big" tech companies like Microsoft, Google, etc. However, besides a few initial interviews, I have yet to hear back from them. My dad though, who works for another company (let's call it A), spoke with a couple friends of his and they offered me an interview and then another and then just yesterday, they called me saying they would like to give an internship offer to me.
So on one hand, I'm happy that they gave me an internship and I really appreciate my dad helping me in this. But on the other, I don't really know what to think because I kinda wanted to go about it on my own, trying to see if a company would hire me based on what they thought of me and my skills and personality without any outside influence (I know that this is a common occurrence but call it an independence thing. I personally just want to see if I can get hired on my own because it would be an indicator of where I'm at right now).
And a last thing to consider is all the other applications I still have out there. Company A is giving me around 2 weeks to respond to their offer. I sent out some followup emails to the other companies but this early in the year, would that do much good other than to maybe just speed up their rejection of me?
Thanks for your help in advance!