This is a guest blog post from one of my current campus ambassadors, Meredith Dawson. Meredith is a junior at Northwestern University, majoring in Radio/Television/Film.
After all the resume editing, sending, and re-editing, the phone calls- back and forth emails. After all the work you’ve put in, you FINALLY have that internship. Well congrats, friend. Now you ask yourself, now what? First thing’s first, celebrate. Then figure out the logistics. Depending on when and where your internship will start, there are a lot of factors that contribute to getting to THAT day. This past summer, I had an internship in Culver City, California, but I live in Chicago, Illinois. The minute I accepted the internship I had to figure out where I would live, how I would get around, and all the little things like eating.
1) Finding housing: For summer especially, finding housing can be really easy. For my summer in LA, I knew that students at UCLA and USC would need sublets for their apartments. The best website to go to (which is on the Intern Queen website) is Uloop.com. It’s like craigslist for college students. There were numerous listings for apartments in LA. I made a list of the ones that fit in my ideal price range and ranked them based on location and amenities. I contacted the person that matched well with what I wanted, we emailed back and forth, and poof! I had somewhere to live. Other places to look are craigslist of course, and I also just googled Los Angeles Subletters. If subletting from a stranger makes you a littler nervous, ask around. You never know when a friend of a friend’s cousin’s best friend is looking for a subletter.
2) Getting around: It’s a fact that in LA you need a car. A friend of mine spent her summer on buses all the time getting to and from work. Sure the weather is beautiful, but you can’t enjoy it if you’re on the bus all the time. I share a car with my brother but I negotiated my way into keeping it for the summer. I was traveling to LA alone, so I didn’t want to drive the car. I decided to ship it instead. I looked up some shipping services, again made a list, and contacted the ones that seemed legitimate. With shipping services, you have to be careful. A lot of websites are fraud and will take your money so be sure to really do your research. My car arrived a half hour after I did, and it was really easy to get it back to Chicago at the end of the summer.
3) Money, money, money: Living on my own in a foreign city was a big step for me, and I wanted to live it out the fullest. I had money saved, but knowing my spending habits I knew it would run out fast. I’m too proud to ask for money so on top of my internship I found another job (two, actually). If you’re strapped for cash, there were a LOT of jobs on craigslist for waitresses. I sent my resumes in a a handful. Some I heard from, and a lot I didn’t but I ended up getting a job working at a mouth-water BBQ food truck and at a pizza restaurant in West Hollywood. I made a lot of great friends, easy cash, and a lot of free food. Like, a lot. If you really put your mind to something, you can make anything possible.
Three easy steps to figure out on your journey to a new city at an exciting new internship. This summer I anticipate another summer in LA, and I know exactly where to look for housing, and a good place for a free BBQ chicken sandwich! (Look up Barbie’s Q, if you’re ever there!!)