It’s getting to be the final few weeks of my internship and I can’t believe how fast this term is flying by. It’s definitely a strange feeling to not be in Eugene for the last term of my senior year, but I’m happy I decided to be in Portland with my magazine internship. Even though it meant living with my parents for what feels like a billion years.
As of now, I feel that I’ve gotten the most out of my work experience. My supervisor asked if I could stay on for the next production cycle, which is flattering, but I’m unsure about continuing an unpaid internship indefinitely; especially as my bank account dwindles and the prospect of moving out of my parent’s house grows abysmally bleak. (Did I mention that they canceled our unlimited Comcast OnDemand subscription? Who DOES that?!)
However, when I think of leaving my internship, the feeling I’m left with is bittersweet. I’ve loved my time with my new co-workers and my boss has been more than helpful to me with each assignment. Plus, working at such a reputable magazine has been so rewarding; working at such a high standard will undoubtedly benefit me throughout my career. But still, I feel as if I’m at the point where I want to try out some other options (I’m only 21, after all) and do all the things I want to do before I’m older and tied down with a 9-5 job.
I don’t know about the rest of you PDXSX-ers, but how do you feel at this point in your internships? Do you want to stay with the organization you were placed with or are you ready to move on to a new job and a new life?