As soon as you step on campus as a junior, the pressure is on to find an internship for the summer, which will hopefully lead to having a post-grad job. But internships arenâ€™t just for juniors anymore. Sophomores and even freshman are searching for internships to get ahead of the game so they can gain experience and hopefully not live in a box after graduation. Internship hunting is quite possibly the least fun way to spend your Sunday afternoon. Elisabeth KÃ¼bler-Ross described how we feel about this perfectly when she created the five stages of grief.
This is the stage where you decide that you really donâ€™t even need an internship. It usually comes around the time when youâ€™ve been looking online for four hours without finding anything that interests you. Sitting on your couch all summer sounds way more appealing anyway.
Internship anger involves being angry at your field/society/everyone for making it almost necessary to get an internship if you want a job after graduation. Totally unreasonable to be angry at nobody, but it makes you feel better.
At some point in your internship search youâ€™ll probably start bargaining with yourself with things you can do besides intern. Studying abroad for the summer sounds really tempting when youâ€™ve spent the last ten weeks looking for internships with no success. And itâ€™ll make you seem cultural, right?
This is when you decide that youâ€™re never going to find an internship and youâ€™re just going to live at home with your parents after graduation until youâ€™re at least 30. This is also the stage where you decide to spend your weekend binge watching Netflix instead of applying for even more internships.
Acceptance is hopefully where you finally get an offer at a company you love and you can accept your dream internship. Your hard work has finally paid off and you can rest assured that you get to spend the summer doing what you love.
Internship searching isnâ€™t easy, but we promise itâ€™ll be worth it in the end.