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Summer Interning…on an Island

May 26, 2009

 

With summer arising, I’m reminded of my summer internship 2 years ago that began my professional career. Being a journalism major, I knew that in my internship I wanted to write and learn the behind-the-scenes aspects of publishing, designing, printing, distributing and marketing a successful publication. I was offered the perfect intern position at a small entertainment newspaper… oh yeah, and it just happened to be on Martha’s Vineyard.

Living in Michigan my entire life, I wasn’t well-versed on vacation spots of the East Coast elite. When I received my offer letter, I had a million questions running through my head. How do I get there? Is there a boat involved or can I fly? Ugh, I hate flying. What should I bring? Do they have Target? How expensive is an apartment? Or a room? Or a closet? And most importantly, how can I possible work and live on this island for the entire summer by myself without ever seeing it before? Something inside me simply said “go”.

I researched like crazy for the next 2 weeks. I found myself a small room (with outdoor shower- a whole other post) with an older, year-round couple on the Island. I packed my (summer) life up into 2 suitcases, said goodbye to my parents and jumped on the airplane (and by that I mean 3 separate planes) and jetted off to the island of Cape Cod. No parents, no friends, no car, no boyfriend.

I told you all that to tell you this. Moving to the Vineyard was the hardest thing I ever had to do, and the most rewarding. The experiences that I had, and I mean all of it- the meeting new people, the first “big girl” job, the deciphering silly Boston accents, the biking to the grocery store- not only gave me the best summer of my life, but also allowed me to fearlessly open bigger doors in my career.

My advice to the 19, 20, 21 year old college students beginning their summer internships: You don’t get big rewards unless you take big risks. Be fearless while you can.  And most of all, while you’re working hard, networking and creating relationships, don’t forgot to take it all in and enjoy your summer!

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