5 Tips to Get Through an Internship You Don't Like

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5 Tips to Get Through an Internship You Don't Like

This blog was written by Christine Larochelle, our Campus Ambassador at Boston University.

Finally! You’ve written an amazing cover letter, you excelled through the interview, and now you’ve gotten the job you’ve been waiting for. A week passes and you realize it’s not exactly what you expected. How are you going to make it through without going crazy?

1. Think about the benefits

There are so many perks to having an internship:
• You get experience you didn’t have before, which is a great resume booster.
• If it’s paid, you’ll have the money to buy that new pair of boots you’ve been eying.
• You’re also being productive which will make you feel more accomplished than sitting at home or in your dorm.

2. Find little things that make you happy

Take a walk or watch Netflix on your phone during your lunch break. (Watching “How I Met Your Mother” always put me in a great mood!). Treat yourself to Starbucks or Jamba Juice. Eat at a new cafe for lunch. Say hello to your coworkers. These things can boost your mood and suddenly the work day won’t seem so slow.

3. Make friends with coworkers

You’re an intern which means there are probably other interns around who have been working there and may even feel the same way you do. Introduce yourself. Have breakfast or lunch together. Having a friend can make your job a lot more tolerable.

4. Keep yourself busy

You may not enjoy the work your supervisor assigns you but do it to the best of your ability and with a smile on your face. Once you really get into it, you’ll look up and realize how quickly time has flown by.

5. Listen to music while you work

Many companies do allow this. Music can make people work faster and it instantly puts you in a better mood. There are many great music apps, such as iHeartRadio, Pandora, and Spotify, that can make your work day more enjoyable. I loved listening to The Elvis Duran Show on iHeartRadio at my job last summer because the DJs made me laugh and instantly lifted my mood. Make sure you still pay attention to detail while you listen!

Remember to stay positive. There are so many people that would love to be gaining the experience you are getting at your internship. Even if you don’t love it, the benefits you’ll gather will help you become a better candidate for future internships or jobs. Plus, now you’ll have a better sense of what you’re looking for in a long-term career. Good luck and find what you love!