In this blog, Intern Queen Campus Ambassador, Tara, shares her experiences interning in Maryland. Tara attends University of Maryland, College Park.
So my conversation with someone from somewhere other than the east coast usually goes like this: "So where are you from Tara?" , "Maryland", "Maryland? Uh, where&s that?", "....it&s near DC", "OHHHHHHH." Okay lets be honest, Maryland isn&t the first state to come to mind, neither is it the ideal spot for someone (me) who is looking to intern in the entertainment business. I&m currently in my third year at the University of Maryland looking to major in marketing. I&ve lived in Maryland for about 16 years now and have been interning since high school (so we know interning IS possible in this state); it&s actually a great place to intern. My internships in Maryland have managed to have a great range as well. My first internship was for a marketing firm called Summit Marketing, who were more than glad to take on high school interns. You really just have to do your research and you&re bound to find something that interests you in your area. I then switched gears and interned for the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) for almost two years. I&m telling you that I was able to intern for one of the most well-known and important government agencies without even stepping foot in the city. Not only are there plenty of opportunities in Maryland, but there are perks of living in a state right next to DC. I have the luxury of living just 30 minutes outside of the city, which has opened up a lot of opportunities for me and I&ve definitely taken advantage of it. Being only a 30 minute metro ride from DC enabled me to land a great internship at a entertainment marketing company called Allied Integrated Marketing. I am able to live and go to school in the suburbs, but intern in the city. A lot of the work I do can be done independently from home as well which makes it even more convenient. That&s another thing to keep in mind: virtual internships or independent internships are just as good so everybody should put those into consideration as well. This gives you a great lifestyle balance. I get the taste of both the suburbs and the busy city. Commuting from my home in Maryland to DC has made me feel more prepared and comfortable to work in the "real world" (as adults tend to put it).
Even though my dream is to move to Los Angeles one of these days to pursue a career in entertainment marketing, I am managing my intern life wonderfully living in Maryland. Don&t let where you live discourage you from interning, because it&s always possible. If you don&t find anything that suits you in your area, just head to the next big city because it&s probably just a short metro ride away. Just make sure to invest a smart-trip card and you&re golden.