It seems like interning is the thing to do in college. Rightfully so! It opens up doors, shows you opportunities, lets you experience different things, and figure out what you like and don’t like about different aspects of different work environments.
I’ve been fortunate enough this summer to have two internships. Which pay me. HOW GREAT IS THAT? (Word to the wise, if you have an unpaid internship and you are not being compensated in SOME WAY, I have heard that it is actually illegal on the “employer’s” part. At least where I live. So, keep that in mind, it’s always good to know your facts!)
Internship 1: One internship is at my mom’s workplace. One of her co-workers had a bunch of tedious work that needed to get done last summer, and they brought me in to get it all done. Then, this summer, I was able to return and do more! Luckily for me, I enjoy doing officey, methodical things. It’s weirdly relaxing and feels great to give my brain a routine and bang things out. I have had conference calls with people across the world if need be, and I can take a break any time and go get myself some tea from the break room!
(here, have a picture of me cheesin’ it up in the bathroom!)
I have learned through this internship, though, that sitting down at a desk for 8 hours a day just is not for me. I keep getting songs stuck in my head, I have to quietly them under my breath when all i wanna do is SING OUT, LOUISE!. And I always have to get up and move around a lot. Which results in lots of break room trips for tea. Which results in lots of bathroom breaks. (Still getting my work done punctually, though, don’t you worry!) This is good as an experience now, but if I had to do this everyday as a career, it would not work out.
reiterated my knowledge learned that I get incredibly panicy when I feel like I’ve disappointed someone and am having trouble fixing it. (Yes, I am aware that I’m a slightly neurotic person, I’m working on it!) For example, I made a bit of a mistake and got slightly admonished by my boss. She was very kind about it, but when I realized it was hard to reverse what I had done, I needed a few minutes to get myself together and avoid a bit of a meltdown. (Everything got fixed in the end, and I was alright within minutes of my initial meltdown. I’m really not a basketcase, I promise!) So, yeah, no matter how much I channel my bb Mike Ross (I mean in the smart impressive way, not the drugs way…), I don’t think the office life is for me.
Internship 2: (This is my favorite internship, shhh, don’t tell the other one!)
My other internship is in a local professional theatre’s box office! I LOVE the atmosphere there, and it’s been really interesting getting to see what happens on the other side of a production! Now I see all of the audience members, bits of their lives as they walk about the theatre, I hear their daily struggles (some people are chatty). I love seeing how the routine changes for each part of a theatre. For example, while I’m printing and giving out tickets in the box office, and I hear the stage manager call half-hour till curtain on our walkie-talkie, I think about how I would probably be doing hair or warming up backstage if I were in a show.
Also, seeing actors come in and out of rehearsal when I’m working not during show hours is KILLER. It’s the feeling of, “Oohhhhh, I want to be doing what you’re doing right now!!”
This job comes with some PERKS, too. As you can imagine, working in a professional theatre is a valuable experience as an actress. Getting comp tickets to shows and access to dress rehearsals, meeting people, working on people skills, knowing exactly how professional theatres work, who reports to whom; there is never bad knowledge to gain.
Not to mention the fact that next season’s plays are sitting right in the box office for reading purposes. Helloooo, monologues 😉
Okay, I do believed I’ve sufficiently rambled on. If you have the opportunity to apply for or take internships, APPLY APPLY, TAKE TAKE. They’re great experiences, and you WILL do a lot of growing and learning.
I hope your day is going beautifully, and if not, I hope it gets better. Have a good one!
– Alli 😀