Being a college student, we are taught to believe that we need to get an internship, or unpaid job, over the summer. Why? Because we'll "get experience," "make connections," and "get school credit." That's why we search endlessly during the school year for an job we won't even get paid for.
I got my first unpaid internship this summer. I have an Indeed account, and they regularly send me emails about available positions based on my previous job searches. I applied with my resume and cover letter. I came in for an interview. I got the position and started right away.
I am working for a media company in Connecticut, for the podcast they do with known entrepreneurs. So far, my responsibilities have included, writing business related blogs to advertise the podcast's website, writing blogs based on a specific podcast episode to advertise the podcast's website, doing research for the podcast's guests, making potential questions for the podcast's guests, and inviting people to like the podcast's Facebook page.
Sounds exciting, right? It is. It genuinely is. For the most part.
I'm not gonna lie, it is a little taxing. Even though I'm sitting at a desk all day for the most part, I somehow feel wiped out. Perhaps it's the fact that I am there from 10 AM to 4 PM, because I don't have a car or a driver's license, and don't want to take Lyft everyday, so I need a parent to pick me up. It doesn't help that the company is in Brookfield, which is an hour away from my hometown of Hamden. It also doesn't help that I'm extremely carsick. This also affects how much I eat before driving up. I In order to eat a filling breakfast, I have to get up early. This is difficult because it's the summer, and I'm not a morning person. However, if I don't eat, I almost pass out, and have to rely on snacks bought at the nearby convenience store, and my lunch.
Now onto the people. Honestly, my bosses are cool. They let the interns make their own schedule, give specific instructions, and are pretty nice. My fellow interns are great too. We already have a group text, and go out for lunch.
All and all, this internship was pretty good, and it taught me a lot about current day writing jobs.