For me, one of the biggest changes I encountered as I became a young professional in my field, was how different college life was to the life of an intern. Here are some of my most shocking discoveries I made during my transition from a college student to a young professional.
- Early Mornings – Do you remember that 8:00 AM class you had that one term that almost killed you? Well, as a professional you will have that class everyday. It also lasts eight+ hours, not two. I often get more accomplished between 6:00 and 10:00 AM than I did in an entire day in college. Having a “bed time,” as an intern is a real thing. Do yourself a favor and go to sleep at a reasonable hour.
- Public Transit – I was shocked, especially coming from a small town, how marvelous, odd, scary and important public transportation was. I’m not talking about the 5 minute 79x bus ride from Autzen to campus. I’m talking about the hour long, two transfer bus ride while a homeless man sleeps next to you in downtown Portland ride. As terrifying as it may be, it is the life-blood for interns as well as countless others. Be prepared for a culture shock after you leave Eugene.
- Expensive Housing – This is something I wish someone would have told me while I was contemplating becoming an intern in Portland. I looked for an apartment for several months in Portland before I found a semi-affordable studio. As an intern, your pay will be minimal to none. Do yourself a favor by saving up lots of money and start looking for housing very early. Many apartments I contacted had over 100 people on the wait list to get in.
With there being so many articles out there that try to shed light on what your internship experience will be like inside the office. These tips shed light on your internship experience outside of the office. Although they may not be glamorous, they are true confessions from a current intern.