By Alyssa Lusky — Co-Editor-In-Chief
I never understood how important it was to have multiple internships until I started my first one during the second semester of my senior year. As there’s no point in crying over spilt milk, I can only hope that underclassmen can learn from my mistake and better their college careers.
As of press time, I’ve completed two weeks at my first internship at Design New England, a high-end, home and garden magazine owned by Boston Globe Media. After completing my first week, I knew I had made a mistake.
Not a mistake in where I chose to intern, but a mistake in how I went about my internship “career,” so to say. Looking back, it would have been much smarter to do an internship during my junior year of college instead of waiting until now.
In the back of my mind, I always made excuses for myself as to why I didn’t have time for an internship. I had a heavy course load, a daunting work schedule, and endless responsibilities with the newspaper. To me, these were plenty of reasons to justify not having an internship.
Well, not much has changed in that department. I still have all of those responsibilities, and then some. I’m currently interning 16 hours a week with a round-trip commute of six hours for the week. Whatever free time I have throughout the day, I usually spend looking through interior design magazines and furniture catalogs. However, I’m making it work.
Do I have as much free time as I did before? Absolutely not. Am I getting valuable work experience that is going to set me apart from other people interviewing for the same position when I graduate? Absolutely. While I’m sitting at my desk in my office, I might look at the tasks I’m given as being “busy work,” but it’s giving me experience that I’m going to carry with me throughout my life as long as I continue to write.
Despite the lack of sleep and the amount of stress I carry around, I know it’s all worth it. What you make of your college career really is up to you. If you show up to class every day, you’ll graduate. If you show up to class every day, join a club and become a leader, and intern somewhere, you’ll graduate and be on the right track to finding a job.
No matter how busy you are, I urge you to take the time and consider an internship. Regardless of your major, it will do nothing but benefit you in the future. Fortunately, Lasell requires many majors to complete at least one internship before graduation, but even if it isn’t a requirement to graduate, make it a requirement for yourself.