How to Make the Most of Your Internship

internshipIt’s hard to believe that summer is almost halfway over. For some of you, this is a horrific thought. You’ve been lounging on the beach, maybe life-guarding or working as a camp counselor and you never want the fun to end! But for some of us, the ones who have been slaving away as unpaid interns, we could use the much needed break. And we hate everyone on the beach right now.

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That being said, there are still a few more weeks left in that 10 or 12 week internship, and plenty of ways to make sure you go out with a bang! So here are some suggestions on how to spice it up these last few weeks, and make sure you get the most out of that internship experience.

1. Steal things! It’s wrong, but it’s so right.

Start small, maybe snag all that free candy in the office, pocket a couple of K-cups or take those snazzy pens you’ve been eyeing. You’re not being paid, so you might as well swipe some free swag. Maybe you even graduate to some larger items. Working on the hill this summer? I bet no one will notice when the state flag goes missing.

Get creative with what you steal, like someone’s identity!

2. Wear something CRAZY.

You’ve been stuffed up in suits/dresses all summer and it’s time to branch out! On one of your last days wear those patterned pants or that cheetah print dress you’ve been to shy to try out. They can’t kick you out of the office on your last day, so maybe you should come to work looking like this.

3. Give that cute other intern your number.

You’ve been sitting next to him/her all summer, and let’s face it, you’re interested. How could you not be after making semi-awkward small talk everyday for several months. Now is the time to be BOLD. Stop flirting-ish and blatantly give them your number. They’ve got two weeks left in DC and you don’t want to miss that opportunity for the perfect date. (OK, OK it’ll probably be a DFMO.)

4. Take super long lunch breaks.

Does anyone really notice when you’re out of the office? So why not stretch your lunch hour a bit. Meet up with friends working nearby, finally try that food truck down the street and don’t worry about what you’re missing back at the office: NOTHING.

There are a few ways to spice up your last few weeks in the office. Remember, while your internship may be hellish, and you’d much rather be one of those people lounging on the beach (like all your friends sending you annoying summer snapchats), you are gaining a valuable experience. So take pride in your last few weeks, you’re almost there. Get to know the people in your office, ask questions and work hard. Like any good Hoya, remember that work hard is followed by play hard.

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Amidst Great Expectations, Hard Times Prevail in the Summer Internship Hunt

older-internDemanding exhaustive research, writing skills, patience and a healthy dose of B.S., the quest for an internship epitomizes a resume-worthy job in itself. Yet, in our endeavors to quench our hunger for career potential, we, smart, competent Georgetown leaders morph into Oliver Twist as we humbly beg for “more” hours, “more” pay and “more” responsibility.

The application process is almost Dickensian: while we work tirelessly to succeed, potential employers ignore us, minimize us and belittle us. Although I understand we are only interns, we still deserve the respect that accompanies the supposedly essential career steppingstone. Here is a list of problems we endure during the application process that if we ever did to a professor or boss we quickly would be axed:

1. The Time Delay: Waiting to hear back from an internship is like the less fun version of constantly checking your phone for a text from a friend. If your friend responds to you a month later, you’d be like “please, I asked to go to Wisey’s a month ago (but I’ll still go now because I’m always game).” If an employer rejects you a month after your application, it’s like responding to an invitation a month late saying you can’t come: it hurts both ways.

2. The No-Response: Can’t employers just send a form letter? There is no reason to completely ignore an application to which a student has dedicated time and energy. Ignoring a resume mirrors when the person you swipe right on tinder clearly swiped left and you pretend like you don’t care, but you kind of do. Except the stakes are slightly higher.

3. The Informal Language: Even though I’m not a monocle-wearing Victorian or my mom requiring no “text” language at the dinner table, I like to receive emails with a formal greeting and ending. Don’t write “hi there” and not sign your name to our first interaction. Maybe I’m being obnoxious, but if you are going to put me through two interviews and a potential security clearance, I don’t want to be addressed like a cowpoke.

4. The Inflexibility: This isn’t a high functioning mafia network: since you took two months to process my application, I get at least a week to make a decision.

5. The Pay, or Lack thereof: [Insert sassy political statement about how the insistence on unpaid internships exacerbates economic disparities and imposes unfair barriers on many qualified, talented applicants who can’t afford to work for free]

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