As those of us who have interned already know, in the world of a PR student, you’re lucky if you find a paying internship. As you get further into your college years, you’re also lucky if your parents still provide for you financially.
Although I know a fair share of people who are granted a generous amount of financial support from their parents, I also know many, myself included, who require their own way to make ends meet when it comes to money.
While my mother has been more than generous in paying for my overall essentials for living, I need to be able to provide myself with clothes, food, utilities, etc. when I begin my semester away at school in the fall. As such, I have to have an additional job to my summer internship.
My summer internship hours are from Mon-Thurs 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. I work as a waitress every Friday and Saturday, and usually an extra day or two during the week. Some days I leave my internship at 4:30 and go straight to the restaurant, where I work from 5-10 p.m., then get up at 6:15 the next morning to intern all over again.
I find relief on Sundays, when both the restaurant and my internship site are closed. My responsibilities are then focused on writing my weekly article, catching up on laundry and continuing my job hunt.
There is, however, a light at the end of my tunnel. In two weeks I will (hopefully) be done waitressing for the rest of my life after five years of catering to the needs of customers. My internship will conclude in three weeks, and I will have a quick breather before beginning a new chaotic schedule when classes start.
To those out there in my shoes or preparing for a future that sounds similar to this, do not give up! Keep up your hard work and push it out, it will be worth it in the end!
What experiences have you had working a job or two simultaneously with your internship?
About the Author
Christina Starr is a senior at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She will graduate in December with a bachelor’s degree in journalism with a concentration in public relations. Connect with her on LinkedIn or Twitter via @c_c_starr.
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