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« on: May 02, 2009 03:38:07 PM »

So, I had an idea.

I'm a college student in Jamaica, and I'm moving to New York for the summer to look for internships. I do media and fashion, so I sent out my resume to companies involved in those fields. I've even sent my resume to companies that are involved to an extent in the diy scene, like Bust magazine and Etsy. I have a few prospects, but in replying to them I got an idea.

Indie culture, diy, and independent businesses are one of the only things that fire me up. I love the fact that the diy scene abroad is becoming a movement, which is something that I've yet to see back home. I've always been a fan of indie business through online participation, but I've never really been as physically involved as I've always wanted due to my location.

Here's my idea: instead of interning at big companies, why not intern at several small indie businesses during my stay? I have a strong background in working with the media, and in writing, design and craft, so why not become an unpaid intern to the people I've always respected? I could see small businesses work, make connections between cultures, be a part of a movement, and learn a great deal about myself, other people, the creative process, and the global diy movement.

I could work with a new business every couple of weeks and document my adventure in a blog. I guess, in a way, this my attempt to start making things happen in my life, as opposed to waiting for someone else to determine my way.What do you guys think?

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« Reply #1 on: May 04, 2009 07:20:22 PM »

I have two pieces of bad news, unfortunately.

1. If you just sent out your resumes for an internship this summer, it's unlikely that you'll get anything for any company that's relatively big and successful (and therefore probably a preferred internship) because they most likely filled all their intern positions earlier this semester.

2. While the idea of having brief internships at numerous companies sounds interesting in theory, it's unlikely to work out. Companies like to have a long term commitment with their interns because it takes a lot of time and energy to hire and train new interns. As much as they don't want to admit it, interns basically bear the brunt of the workload in a business, so they can't afford to possibly have that empty position a week or two in.

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