How My Unpaid Internship Paid Off
Start writing a post
Student Life

How My Unpaid Internship Paid Off

Cha- Ching!

How My Unpaid Internship Paid Off

As my freshman year rapidly started to come to a close, I knew I had to keep myself occupied over the few months that I would be separated from my busy school schedule. I had my usual summer job lined up working at a local ice cream store in my town, but I wanted to do something different, something I would remember. I knew what I had to do- I had to apply for an internship.

For as long as I can remember I have always dreamt of working in a news station, preferably one in the city. I wanted to go big, I wanted to challenge myself. I applied for a summer internship with Channel 7 News located in Boston, MA.

When I found out that I was accepted into the three month internship program, I was nothing short of excited. I was eager to learn, and could not wait to tell my friends and family the news. My role within the WHDH news station was to work closely with the Sales Department and assist them with projects and daily tasks.

My mother was thrilled that I was doing something productive this summer to help me boost up my resume. I completed an eight week internship my senior year of high school with a local television station near my town. As my first day approached, I started to realize how nervous I really was. What if I mess up? What if they don’t like me? A plethora of worrisome questions filled my head like a balloon that was about to pop.

Personally, I knew absolutely nothing about sales and marketing, for I was just coming out of my freshman year. When I arrived on my first day, my nerves were set to ease as I noticed how friendly and welcoming the staff was at the station. Although I was immensely overwhelmed, I already felt like I could write a novel about what I had been taught after just one day. As weeks passed I started to notice that my friends would head to the beach or post pictures of them hanging out all together on social media, I was slightly jealous of them having quality time with each other. I only had this gig two days a week which allowed me to work on the days that I was not at the station.

I sit here typing this article on my last day, with my Charlie Card sitting next to me. I was constantly asked if my internship was paid or if I was receiving credit. “I applied to the internship just for pure experience,” I would tell them. I was slightly bummed that I was spending my tip money on parking and taking the subway in, but I learned that this unpaid internship did in fact pay.

This internship paid me with knowledge, confidence, and skills that I could never put a price on. As I scroll through my social media websites and see pictures of friends enjoying their last days of summer I am not remotely jealous anymore. Although I will go back to college a little less tan than the rest, I can proudly walk out of this office knowing I have a lot more than just another addition to my resume, but experience and knowledge that I can use for the rest of my life.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Student Life

Top 10 Reasons My School Rocks!

Why I Chose a Small School Over a Big University.

man in black long sleeve shirt and black pants walking on white concrete pathway

I was asked so many times why I wanted to go to a small school when a big university is so much better. Don't get me wrong, I'm sure a big university is great but I absolutely love going to a small school. I know that I miss out on big sporting events and having people actually know where it is. I can't even count how many times I've been asked where it is and I know they won't know so I just say "somewhere in the middle of Wisconsin." But, I get to know most people at my school and I know my professors very well. Not to mention, being able to walk to the other side of campus in 5 minutes at a casual walking pace. I am so happy I made the decision to go to school where I did. I love my school and these are just a few reasons why.

Keep Reading...Show less
Lots of people sat on the cinema wearing 3D glasses

Ever wonder what your friend meant when they started babbling about you taking their stapler? Or how whenever you ask your friend for a favor they respond with "As You Wish?" Are you looking for new and creative ways to insult your friends?

Well, look no further. Here is a list of 70 of the most quotable movies of all time. Here you will find answers to your questions along with a multitude of other things such as; new insults for your friends, interesting characters, fantastic story lines, and of course quotes to log into your mind for future use.

Keep Reading...Show less
New Year Resolutions

It's 2024! You drank champagne, you wore funny glasses, and you watched the ball drop as you sang the night away with your best friends and family. What comes next you may ask? Sadly you will have to return to the real world full of work and school and paying bills. "Ah! But I have my New Year's Resolutions!"- you may say. But most of them are 100% complete cliches that you won't hold on to. Here is a list of those things you hear all around the world.

Keep Reading...Show less

The Ultimate Birthday: Unveiling the Perfect Day to Celebrate!

Let's be real, the day your birthday falls on could really make or break it.

​different color birthday candles on a cake
Blacksburg Children's Museum

You heard it here first: birthdays in college are some of the best days of your four years. For one day annually, you get to forget about your identity as a stressed, broke, and overworked student, and take the time to celebrate. You can throw your responsibilities for a day, use your one skip in that class you hate, receive kind cards and gifts from loved ones and just enjoy yourself.

Keep Reading...Show less

Unleash Inspiration: 15 Relatable Disney Lyrics!

Leave it to Disney to write lyrics that kids of all ages can relate to.

The 15 most inspiring Disney songs

Disney songs are some of the most relatable and inspiring songs not only because of the lovable characters who sing them, but also because of their well-written song lyrics. While some lyrics make more sense with knowledge of the movie's story line that they were written for, other Disney lyrics are very relatable and inspiring for any listener.

Keep Reading...Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments