10 Stages Of Applying For A Summer Internship

10 Stages Of Applying For A Summer Internship

A currently unemployed but hopeful college student sharing with you their experience in applying for summer internships.
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Ah, spring time. The snow is melting, the flowers are budding, and the realization that you still haven't heard back from multiple employers after sending in about a hundred resumes out begins to set in. There's nothing quite like the stress and anxiety that comes with recognizing that it's almost April, and you have yet to finalize your summer job/internship plans, especially as the questions of "what are you doing this summer" coming from well meaning family members starts to arise. After applying to countless job postings you found online and waiting to find out if those who hold the fate of your summer in their hands will take pity on the unemployed college student sitting behind their computer, hitting refresh on their emails every two minutes seems almost endless, and the stress is only amplified by the looming threat of finals that are just around the corner. While I'm sitting here figuring out how I can use my extensive knowledge of Parks and Recreation and attempting to perfect my inner Leslie Knope in hopes that it will help land me the perfect summer job, here are what I have discovered to be the top 10 stages that come with applying for a summer internship as told by an unemployed college student.


1.) After hours of endlessly scrolling through forty-five pages of job searches, one pops up out of the woodwork that seems like it could have been made just for you.

2.) When you fill out the resume and hit send, you feel like you can juts sit back and wait for the offers to start pouring in.


3.) When three weeks have gone by and you have yet to hear back from any of the places you applied to, you try your best to stay as calm as possible even though it doesn't seem to work.


4.) When you finally get an email back from one of the countless places you applied to, but it's just a very polite message telling you that you did not in fact get the internship, and that they have decided to "go a different route".


5.) Days pass without any word, and start feeling like Ross after drinking all of the margaritas: convincing everyone you're fine when in reality, you are a large ball of stress and anxiety on the verge of a breakdown at any moment.


6.) Going home for Spring Break and having to sit through family members and friends asking you what your summer plans are, and if you have heard any news on the job front.


7.) Checking social media and seeing that the guy who sits four desks away from you in your lecture makes a post about how grateful they are for the internship opportunity they just found out they received and trying to contain the rage building inside of you.



8.) Coming to terms with the fact that your status as an unemployed person will never change and figuring out how many dogs your parents will let you adopt, since you're probably never leaving their house.


9.) After months of torture, you finally hear back from an employer and find out you got the job!


10.) Finally, getting ready to impress your new boss and all of your co-workers like the responsible adult that you are.

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Everyone Should Experience Working In Fast Food Or Retail

Working in fast food was definitely not sunshine, lollipops, and rainbows, but I'm so glad I did it.

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I know these jobs aren't glamorous. In fact, most days I looked forward to clocking out before I had even clocked in. I always secretly rolled my eyes when an angry customer droned on and on about how entitled he or she was. Though I can name a lot of bad things that happened on the job, it wasn't all horrible. As I reflect on my time working in fast food, I realize how much having that job really taught me and how grateful I am to have had that experience. I really think everyone should work in fast food or retail at some point, and here's why:

You make some great friends from work. I get it, sometimes your co-workers are royal jerks or flat out creeps. You see your name on the schedule next to theirs and immediately try switching with someone else. I've been there. However, I have worked with some amazing people as well.

Every time I worked with one girl in particular, we laughed for entire shifts. One night, we were singing the national anthem at the top of our lungs without realizing a customer had come in (to our surprise, she applauded our terrible screaming). Another coworker and I turned up the radio on full blast when business was slow and had dance battles. We made the most of our shifts, and I still talk to some of these people today.

You learn how to deal with difficult people. It's the age-old story: the uppity customer thinks twelve dollars for a meal combo is outrageous and Where is your manager?!

My friend and I were once called stupid and a customer said he would never come back to our restaurant to eat ever again. At the moment, we were scared out of our minds because we were both pretty new to the job. As time passed, we became more patient and tolerant and knew what triggered these particular customers. Dealing with these adversities definitely helps in the long run, particularly when it comes to doing group work with people who seem unbearable.

Your people skills increase by a landslide. I had always thought that I was great with people before I had a job. However, when I found myself in situations where I had to talk to strangers, I would grow nervous and stumble across my words from time to time. Working in an environment where communicating with others is a driving force helped me not only with improving my public speaking, but also made me more outgoing. In situations where I once backed into the corner to avoid having to talk to someone, I now take charge and initiate a conversation.

You establish a connection with regular customers. My favorite customer was named Jack. He was the sweetest old man who came in every Wednesday and Friday and bought food for himself and his wife. I quickly memorized his order, which impressed him. We shared pleasantries every time he came in, and my coworkers and I looked forward to seeing him.

Establishing a relationship with people who come in a lot helps immensely when it comes to working. It also provides a sense of accomplishment when you memorize an order. Not to mention, the customers start to like you and typically leave a generous tip!

You have stories to tell for a lifetime! Sometimes bad things happen at work. Once I was holding a hot pan and burned my arm— I still have the burn mark on my arm to prove it. My point is, it sucked at the moment, but now I look back and laugh.

One time I asked my coworker how to make soup and she replied, "Slowly, but beautifully." It was so nonchalant that I cracked up for hours. There was also a time when a customer asked me for outlandish toppings and condiments that we didn't offer. The craziest story, though, was the drug deal that went down in our public restrooms. My coworker and I obviously could not leave our station and follow these people into the bathroom, so we were pretty much defenseless. Nobody got hurt or anything, so it made for a great story.

Working in fast food was definitely not sunshine, lollipops, and rainbows, but I'm so glad I did it. It made me more independent and outgoing and gave me memories I'll never forget.

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