Graduating college and being flung into the real world after 18 years of education can seem terrifying; actually, it is terrifying. However, internships allow us to learn critical skills used in the corporate world before graduation. Internships, in a sense, ease the transition from college to working life.
I started my interning in Portland around the beginning of September and have nothing but wonderful things to say about the company I am interning for. I am given a handful of projects each day, I have great work based relationships, and I feel welcomed each day. But I consider myself lucky, because this is not always the case.
If you’re interning at a company where you don’t fit in or feel welcome, remember this quote from They Don’t Teach Corporate in College by Alexandra Levit:
“Work relationships are similar to family relationships. We don’t necessarily choose them and we might prefer not to have them, but, for our sanity’s sake, we have to make them work as best we can.”
As unfortunate as it sounds, we are stuck with the people we work with. If you love your coworkers then you have nothing to worry about, but disliking coworkers can lead to tension and stress in the workplace. Levit connects work and family relationships together by demonstrating that we can’t choose who our family is nor can we choose who we work with. This is a great reminder if you’re struggling to get along with your coworkers. Remember that you are a partnership, much like a family is and to always remain positive and keep your head up.