I had a great opportunity to speak with Lauren Berger (aka the Intern Queen) on the phone last week. Lauren started InternQueen.com to help college students connect with employers for internships. The website is a great resource for anyone looking for an internship. You’ll find advice, true stories, and listings. Lauren Berger just published her book All Work, No Payand I think it’s a great tool for college students. I actually bought it for Sporty Sister for Valentine’s Day 🙂
As part of the interview, I asked Lauren to share five things she wished someone had told her before starting the interning process!
(Sound familiar? I feel like so many times people tell you generic advice, but asking what they wished someone had just told them brings out random tidbits that are so useful!)
Here’s what Lauren wishes she had known:
1. You can get an internship
No matter what year you are in school and no matter what industry you’re interested in, you can find an internship! Just because you’re a first year doesn’t mean that you can’t start building that resume.
Lauren remarked that people might say that “you can’t get an internship because you’re only a freshman,” but you shouldn’t take no for an answer. It’s something you CAN achieve.
A lot of people said that she couldn’t when she was a freshman, and yet… she did!
[Side note: Lauren had FIFTEEN internships over her four years at college.]
2. Apply for more than one opportunity
Lauren highly recommends applying for many internships. Basically, don’t put all of your eggs in one basket.
The target number of internships to apply for? Ten per semester!
Why? See Number Three:
3. Rejection is going to happen.
Getting rejected from internships will happen. “Get ready, get over it, and let’s move forward,” Lauren says. Rejections might be nice, not so nice, or even downright nasty. It’s important to know that rejection will happen so that you’re prepared and can move on to the next big thing!
4. Respect your coordinators time!
When you first get your internship don’t swarm the coordinator with emails every other day. The coordinator is likely extremely busy and tons of emails with various questions will overwhelm (if not annoy) her. Lauren says that doing this makes coordinators feel like “you’re only thinking about your point of view” and not considering the other person’s time valuable. Not a good way to start off the internship! Don’t worry though, you are allowed to have questions. Instead: chill out, take a deep breathe, and send all your questions in one email.
5. Always add value
No matter what you are doing in the office, make sure that you’re always adding value to the situation. Constantly think, “How can I make the most of my time and add value to this situation?” Sometimes your time in the office will be slow and you might not have anything specific to do.
It’s a myth to think that the only time you’re useful is when you’re assigned tasked. Lauren admitted that at her first internship she would sit around reading magazines when there wasn’t anything to do.
If you’re not sure… Get up and think to yourself and how can I add value. You may want to do some personal research by reading industry publications. Or you can look around the office and help someone else. Whatever it is, make sure you’re adding value.
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📌 Save this post! Can’t get over the MAGIC that is @backtonature.nj’s Christmas Market during the holidays! 🎄🌟🎅🏻🧣The decor this year is on a new level. If you need to get into the holiday spirit (or pick up speciality gifts or more decorations for your home), 100% recommend making the drive! It’s worth it ❄️
When you don’t actually feel cute but then kind of end up feeling cute because you put a bow in your hair, slipped into a dress that fits, and swiped on your favorite red lipstick 💋 @hillhouse @annmashburn 🎥 by @carterfish, maybe I’ll post the video without music so you can hear her hyping me up, because you can’t imagine the crowd the bore witness to the making of this Reel
And then there were three ❤️❄️🎄🌟⛸️ Needlepoint stockings are a huge undertaking… they take hours (and hours and hours) of stitching. The final results are more than worth the effort though. These will hang on our mantle every Christmas and I can’t think of anything more special than that. I finished Mike’s stocking at the end of the summer after stitching almost every night for seven months. I am taking a little break and then I’ll start on the baby’s stocking for next Christmas!!
This tree feels extra special this year. 🎄💫⛸️❤️🕯️ Jack is fully embracing the magic of Christmas (“kiss miss”) and his enthusiasm is downright contagious!
Not one of my best qualities, but I typically feel immense pressure trying to make things feel extra special and perfect and then I get disappointed when the reality doesn’t live up to my (unrealistic) expectations. I wish I could blame social media for this.... but I know the call is coming from inside the house.
This tree seems perfect to me, though, just the way it is. It was a true group effort getting it here. Another one of my not-so-great qualities is that I’m terrible at asking for help when I need it.... this year, I can’t ignore it though. I needed help, and a lot of it. Mike got every holiday storage box up from the basement (no small feat) and hoisted the into the house and got it up in the stand within minutes (then redid it twice to get the angle of the tree just so); my mom and I took multiple trips to the hardware store and drug store for the “right” colored lights (in case you’re wondering, “bright white” is warm yellow and “warm white” is actually bright white... make it make sense); my mom wrapped the tree in lights a second time when we learned the hard way that when the box says you can’t plug in more than five strands together they mean it; and Jack was there to help and hype us all up to say how “boo-full” the tree and lights are– and keeping us in line by scolding and reminding us that we aren’t allowed to touch the ornaments 🤭
I feel a little pang of sadness that we aren’t celebrating a first Christmas with a baby who was supposed to be here, while also struggling through a third trimester (just feeling physically tired and exhausted), while also cherishing our last Christmas as a family of three, while also getting excited knowing our baby will be here before we know it. Sure, it’s a lot of pressure to put on one single tree, yet here I am. ⭐️
Spent the weekend decking the halls 🎄 the garland is up, the tree is up, the wreaths are up! Fueled by three peppermint mochas, one bag of Milanos peppermint slices, one batch of chocolate chip cookies, and one loaf of zucchini bread… my mom and I got it done 🙏🏻
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