Little Intern in the Big Apple
Updated: Feb 27, 2020
Being an intern in New York City I quickly learned why it is named "The City That Never Sleeps". I spent countless hours adventuring, getting lost, and working as a public relations intern. Most people hear the word "intern" and think "ohhhh nice, you get to make copies and get coffee for your boss." Yes and no. Some days I felt like I was part of their team, like I truly mattered because I was helping them. Other days I felt like I didn't need to be there. One day I literally took a subway around the city to bring one magazine to one of our clients. Interning was a 100 percent worth it. I learned so much, and I got to work backstage of a fashion show for New York Men's Fashion Week. This was the highlight of my summer. Here are some tips for interning in New York City:
1. Take everything in.
Be a sponge and learn as much as you can. You are there to learn so take advantage of this. Do not be afraid to ask questions.
2. Keep a journal.
Take notes!!! Something I did everyday while interning in New York was writing down things I've learned. I have gone back and reread my journal a couple times since I've interned in New York City.
3. Try to stand out.
Sometimes you will be working with other interns and need to stand out. It gets pretty competitive if you're not the only intern. Also, you don't want to end your internship and have your boss not even know your name. Even if this company isn't where you want to work after you graduate college your bosses will know somebody that could find you a job.
How to stand out? Ask questions like:
-Where are you from?
-When did you start working here?
-What are some tips to getting where you are at?
4. Ask for a letter of recommendation.
Right before you end your internship ask your boss for a letter of recommendation. I made the mistake of not doing this and terribly regretting it. I later sent flowers to the CEO of the company and asked for one.
5. Have fun!!!
Even if you know this isn't what you want to do with your life, you learned something. Internships are all just learning experiences, so don't take it too seriously and have fun! Also, there are so many things to do in New York it is literally impossible to get bored. During your time away from the internship try to check out the museums, Central Park, the night clubs(if you're 21), or check out the free ferry to take you past the Statue of Liberty. Have the time of your life in New York!! I know I did!