Finding the Right Internship

Finding the right place to intern can be very daunting. I know it can be hard even finding a place to intern, but it is very important to find the place that is right for you.

Treat it no differently that job hunting; if there if you aren’t able to mesh with the company culture or the employes, you’re going to be miserable.

Between February and now, I have had close to 10 interviews with for summer/fall internships and had offers from five or six. Many were tempting with stipends and other perks, but I found myself turning them down for one of two reasons: culture, or commute.

I’ve had wonderful offers from firms in Baltimore, but an hour-plus commute would be draining (I’m all for road trips but I do not understand how someone can drive that far every day for a job). So, I decided to search locally again in Frederick.

I found my home for the next few months at New North, a regional inbound marketing agency. Between the interviews and meeting the staff, it just seemed like a down to earth and humble crew.

Looking to expand my experience, I kept applying to places to have two internships over the summer. One looked promising but the interview rubbed me the wrong way.

The were not happy that I could not work full-time and that I would continue to work at New North in addition to them. A pushy attitude mixed with the CEO texting during the interview?

Finding an internship is hard, finding the right one is harder; don’t compromise your values over one. And be sure to consider all variables when interviewing (hours/wk, culture, type of work, pay). I’ll be sure to keep you guys updated on New North, I’m excited to see what I can do with them!