9 Things I Learned During My Summer As An Unpaid Intern In New York City
As a journalism major, you sort of expect youll be working for free at some point in your life. So when I landed my first editorial internship, I was stoked, even if it was unpaid.
The spring semester was nearing an objective and people started asking what my plans for the summer were. When I told them, they asked if I was getting paid. The answer was a quiet No quickly followed by, Its for school credit.
But if youve been in my shoes you know the money doesnt matter, because there are plenty of girls who would kill to be thereand you know itll eventuallypay off.
That mantra is something I quickly started recurring to myself over the next several grueling weeks. However, I gained a lot from my work experience, lessons that all potential interns should keep in mind before embarking on their own summertime internship.
Commuting is a bitch. An expensive one.
If youre spending time in NYC, you have to spend money on MTA fees or else youll be spending a small luck on taxis and Uber rides. If you do neither, you could just walk your legs off and see if you can stimulate the Guinness Book of World Records or something.
Get ready to work. Hard.
On my first day, I had to help put in a photo shoot with two other interns. We had to go to this decorstore all the way in the Upper West Side, get the props for the shoot and then carry them all the way down to Tribeca, where the shoot was taking place. This was hard physical labor, guys.
During this 30 -minute trip back downtown, the two other interns and I had to carry trash bags filled to the brim with wooden planks, a tiny sofa, a shopping bag filled with ceramic dishes and metal cutlery.
Walking to the metro, each of us would take infringes merely to rest our arms. Wed wince because our faces were covered in sweat and wish that we had another hand to help us with all that stuff.
Internships will stimulate you work, both physically and mentally. You have to be willing to handle any task your bosses throw at you.
You meet great people and develop close bonds .
The best part about internships is the people you spend time with are your age demographic. You already know you have a lot in common since youre interning at the same place. Also, youre slaving away together that summertime. According to the Association for Psychological Science, shared pain brings people together. Perfect recipe for friends!
You get to enjoy after run happy hour.
Now that youve all become such good friends, you are able to discuss the ups and downs of the workday with margaritas. If you frequent the same bar or restaurant enough, you can become friends with the bartender. Free drinks!
You make usefulindustry connections.
Developing relationships with PR contacts is extremely important for aspiring novelists. You write something, they like it, then they remember you. Wahoo! Contact for the future! Remember , nowadays, its all about your network.
Just because youre work, doesnt mean youre not having fun.
Youll be sent to cover special events after run. These events could range from macaron and wine tastings to going to the NYC Ferrari dealership to see the big uncover of next seasons hottest ride to events at Ford Models.
Not only is that altogether awesome, but you also get to stimulate more connects at industry events, adding to that oh-so-important network of yours.
One time another intern and I had to go the Zac Posen headquarters to return a borrowed dress. The entire period we were just thinking, What if Zac just comes strolling out while were here? Its exciting and fun.
You perfect the art of not-gawking.
Celebrities often frequent these glamorous events youre encompassing. Its unprofessional to gawk every time you find a super hot -Alister you stimulate your company look bad. Nobody wants that. So instead, you become an expert at pretending to not be fazed by celebrities.
Rejoice, sometimes there are Summer Fridays.
These are the best various kinds of Fridays, the ones where you dont have to work. Sleep in and head to the beach!
Saying goodbye and going back to school after the summer is hard.
All the fun periods youve had and the friends youve made are the things youll remember and value after your time as a summertime intern. Eventually youll swap days spent in the office and wandering the street of NYC for days spent in the classroom and writing term papers.
Its okay, though, the experience isworth it. Theres a pay off at the end and plenty of girls would kill to be in your shoes.
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