5 Ways To Blow Off Steam This Summer At Your Awful Internship
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5 Ways To Blow Off Steam This Summer At Your Awful Internship

Don't become the real life version of that accidentally sent email trope.

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Working a terrible internship? Not really sure how to deal with the stress and demands? Well, here are a handful of ways to let loose without losing it-- or your internship.

1. Get up and go.
You've been given permission for a break, so take it. You don't have to stay on-site (well, unless your higher-up told you to). Just go for a quick spin. Pick up lunch. No car? No problem. That's where Zipcar can come in.

Join now--especially if this is a long-term, all summer long kind of deal. Or if your internship requires you to travel across state borders. If that's the case, might as well sign up for a membership, which'll travel with you.

2. Write about it.
We've all seen that ridiculous trope where someone writes their boss an angry email with no intention of sending it, but some moron clicks the send button. Then the rest of the episode centers around these friends pulling ridiculous stunts to help the "sender."

Vent about it, but don't risk this sort of situation. Invest in a cheap notebook and scribble your feelings away. It's safer than posting about it on social media (which your boss might be following you on--fair warning!). And obviously safer than an email in your drafts folder.

3. Listen to music.
If you're allowed to work on computers at your internship, invest in a pair of headphones or earbuds. Plug those suckers in and rock out to Pandora Radio as you work. I recommend The Offspring station. There's an anarchist feel to the songs on there. You'll hear Green Day, Three Days Grace, and Blink-182. Perfect for the statement of "enough of the system and the man!" without really saying it aloud. (That station is what got me through election night 2016.)

4. Break it up.
Heavy assignments of work feel super overwhelming. Getting that huge checklist is scary, right? And looking at it is even worse. Instead of looking at the to-do list as a whole, break it up into sections.

Start with the first three items and take a five-minute break to get water or walk around. Once the break's over, start the next three, then break. It makes everything feel more attainable. Besides, our brains can only handle so much work at once. Taking a quick breather can do you some good.

5. Find a support group.
It's hard going home to a family who tells you that you can talk to them about anything, but the moment it's too negative, they don't want to hear it. In that case, call a friend or roommate. Someone who's sympathetic to your situation. Or maybe befriend a fellow intern or employee to vent with.

Be careful with this last one. It sometimes backfires in your face if they rat you out to your supervisor. But also know it's just an internship. It'll be over before you know it.

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Unexpected Lessons From My Internship

You know what happens when you assume...

We've all had to suffer through it, and if you haven't yet, it's on the horizon. It's become a rite of passage into the world of adulthood: the unpaid internship.

People (read, non-millennials) think we have to pay our dues in order to become a Real Adult, as if dealing with student debt, a higher rate of mental health issues than any other generation, and a crippled economy wasn't enough to put up with. These jobs are often grueling, sometimes demeaning, and occasionally downright insulting.

While internships are supposed to give you the opportunity to learn about your potential future industry, sometimes the lessons learned during the 12 weeks of summer are a lot different than what you expected.

This summer, I worked at a small, weekly publication in Philadelphia. I work for my school's newspaper throughout the year, but I still somehow had delusions of grandeur about what my internship would be like. Boy, was I wrong.

It's not as glamorous as you think it's going to be.
I showed up for my first day of work in a dress and platform sandals, partly because I wanted to make a good first impression and partly because I had no idea what the dress code was going to be. I tend to live my life by Oscar Wilde's quote, "You can never be overdressed or overeducated."

I soon found out that, for this internship, I was both. On my way out after my first day, my boss called after me, "You know, you don't have to dress that formally."

I toned it down a bit, but even though both of my bosses often dressed like they were just hanging out at home, (the editor-in-chief sometimes looked like she got dressed in the dark), I still didn't feel comfortable wearing t-shirts and flip flops to an office in Center City. I barely ever wear leggings to class (not that there's anything wrong with that, it's just not my thing), so there's no way I was wearing a t-shirt to my internship.

Your co-interns will probably suck.
I don't know why, but I went in with the expectation that my co-interns would be, at the bare minimum, competent. Unbeknownst to me, barely any of them knew how to do any of the basics of reporting: interviewing, writing, and researching all seemed far beyond their reach.

A few days into the internship, my boss began sending me articles to "clean up," and I quickly learned that "clean up" meant "rewrite the entire thing," because none of what I was editing was publishable. I don't know how these other interns got hired, or if they have any writing experience, but I do know that it's a miracle they're passing their classes because they have next to no writing ability whatsoever.

There are probably days you'll feel more competent than your bosses.
On one memorable occasion, a co-intern (the only other competent one) and I were working on a project that our boss had re-assigned to us after the other interns fucked it up. The deadline to submit to the printer was at 3 p.m., and at 2:30 p.m., our boss was still scrambling for content to fill that week's issue.

I thought that the point of internships was to learn from people with more experience, but sometimes it really does feel like you're more prepared to do a job than your boss is. I'm the managing editor of my school's newspaper, and I know that I would never, ever allow my staff to cut it that close. There's a line between things falling through and being unprepared, and I'm about 95 percent sure that that afternoon was a result of the latter.

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Internship Diaries Week 2: Is Anyone Sane?

Another week in retail!

The answer is no. No one is sane, at least no one that I came in contact with this week. Don't believe me? Let me start with a story that will surely capture the tone of my week.

Monday morning I get into work and I'm informed there is a message from a customer that I need to attend to. I'm a little frustrated before even picking up the phone to listen to it, I've been at work for 10 minutes and already there is an issue. Little did I expect that the message was from someone's whack-job grandmother. Her request will frustrate anyone who's ever worked in retail or customer service.

She wanted me to help her locate a tee shirt she purchased two years ago. Two fucking years ago. Stellar. The chance we still sold a product from two years was slim. I called her back and after a lot of rambling she finally told me what she was looking for. I asked her to please read me the style number in the tag so I could see if we still had it. This was a process in and of itself because she literally read me the whole entire tag, washing instructions and all, before finally giving me the style number.

When I searched it I was relieved it was one of the basics we always had in stock. I thought my job was done and she could hop online and order it. Little did I know I was also going to have to teach this woman how to use the world wide web. I literally had to tell her everything down to putting ".com" at the end of the URL. I also had to tell her at least 35 times the name of the website.

Once we were there it was a struggle explaining how to shop by category and where to find the tee. Much more went into this conversation, but eventually we got the job done. She then spent five minutes telling me what a great employee I was and asking if she could talk to my boss to tell me that. Sweet, but I just wanted off the damn phone.

The rest of the week consisted of absurd tasks like:
-Tracking down the UPS man and convincing him to give us a package my boss wanted NOW.
-Completely reorganizing an entire showroom only to be told that they actually liked the original way better - so then reorganizing it.
-Spending a whole day running around town searching for chicken noodle soup. Seriously. Not kidding.

That's the thing with interning, especially in the fashion industry, and especially for free. There is no such thing as a typical day. You go into work every morning without a clue what the day is going to hold. Sometimes you end up helping a lunatic work the internet, and sometimes you get to spend the day dressing and undressing models. It's really just a gamble.

So that, my lovely readers, is exactly why this week is entitled "Is Anyone Sane?" because no one is. This week was strange and busy and stressful and the only thing getting me through is knowing that next week will be spent showing the brand's latest collection to boutiques around the city. AKA shopping days!

See you next week (send good vibes, I need them).

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Your Internship as Told by Harry Potter

You're an intern, Harry!

It's finally July, and that means that if you haven't already begun your summer internship, it's probably about to start. No one understands being thrown into a strange world more than Harry Potter. He thought he was just a boy, but he was actually a wizard.

You thought you were just a college student on break, but you are actually a college student interning for little or no pay. See? Lots of similarities.

When you walk into the office on your first day.

When you meet your fellow interns.

When you get (and nail) your first assignment.

When your boss yells at you for the first time.

When your boss yells at you for the fifth time.

When you finally hook up with the intern you've had crush on all summer.

When you make it to the end of your last day.

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Why You Should Take Your Unpaid Sports Internship Seriously

It can suck at times, but you have to start somewhere.

Working for free is terrible. Your time should be worth something right? Even if you are getting credit for your summer internship, it still feels like you should be compensated a little bit.

I currently intern for a baseball team for credit, without getting paid and it sucks sometimes. As an intern for a minor league baseball team, you have to do a lot of dirty work. Last week I had to sell food at the concession stand even though I'm a sales intern.

It's ridiculous at times that we do this for free, but in the end it is totally worth it. Even though you think if quitting at least once a week, there a few reasons to keep your summer internship.

Getting a job in sports in incredibly hard. You need to work your way up from the bottom of the totem pole. Jets General Manager Mike Maccagnan started as a training camp intern for the Washington Redskins. I bet he had to do some of the similar dirty work that I have to do daily. But look where it got him.

Interning is a great way of getting your foot in the door of the sports industry. There are so many benefits for interning for any sports team, even if it is minor league.

Networking is a huge part of working your way up in sports. I have a few different bosses in the sales department and all of them know people who have worked for major league teams or currently work for teams like the Yankees, Arizona Cardinals, Boston Bruins, and even some minor league baseball and basketball teams.

Having these colleagues as a resource in the future so that I can move onto bigger things and maybe work for one of those professional teams is invaluable. As an intern, it's important to secure great relationships with everyone you work with because you never know who they know.

Experience is the main reason people intern. You get so much hands on experience in the real world of sports. I sit in the office daily and make calls to people trying to sell tickets; that's hands on experience right there.

I also get to witness our president and general manger complete player transactions, watch our promotions team set up our events for the day, and I even learned how a baseball stadium operates. This experience in the sports industry will help me get better sports jobs and it also helps me decide if I want to continue in the sports industry as well, which I definitely do.

Sports internships are suppose to be fun. I work a lot of our games throughout the summer and I get to enjoy baseball as well. Even though I'm working at our sales table during the game, there are parts when nobody is around and I can just watch the game with my fellow interns.

Baseball is one of my favorite sports so working games is something that I really enjoy, even if the team is losing by 10. Whether you work for a football team, hockey team, or any sports team, don't forget to enjoy the game when you can.

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How to Explore NYC on an Intern's Budget

And live out your Gossip Girl dreams.

Transportation
Run by the MTA, which also operates buses in the city and beyond, the Subway is the fastest and cheapest way to get around in New York. You have the option of getting a monthly or ride-by-ride MetroCard, and depending on how often you ride, the monthly pass might be cheaper (but do some calculations first!).

Activities
There are lots of things to do in New York and there are many discounts for those with a student ID.

Museums
Student tickets to the Metropolitan Museum of Art are $12 with a student ID. If your prefer modern art, the Museum of Modern Art has free Friday night visits and a student discount other times of the week. The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology offers free admission for everyone, all the time..

Theatre
Hamilton tickets may be a dream, but there are other ways to see Broadway on a student's budget. Lincoln Center offers discounts for many performances, and select shows at Carnegie Hall are $10 with a student ID. You can also get rush tickets to Broadway and off-Broadway plays at a discount if you wait until the day of to purchase them.


Parks & Nature
NYC is home to some amazing urban greenspaces. The most widely-Instagrammed are arguably the High Line, Central Park, and Governor's Island (Gov Ball anyone?). But there are many other beautiful parks across the boroughs, including Carl Schurz Park, Bryant Park, and Inwood Park.

Food
There are tons of cheap eats in New York, even without a student discount. But if you are dying to use your school ID, The Kati Roll Company offers a 10 percent student discount, and The Bean and Le Caf? Coffee offer a discount for students (and interns) who need a java buzz.

If you're in the mood for mediterranean foods, Mamoun's is your best best. With two locations, Mamoun's offers a falafel sandwich for under $4 and the most expensive items on their whole menu ring in at $12.

For Mexican food, the offerings in Spanish Harlem cannot be beat. While there are intense rivalries between many of the shops, one of the most qualified contenders is El Aguila, which offers cheap tacos and a breakfast special for under $5.

Many neighborhoods in New York are great for those on an intern's budget.. Chinatown is one example, hosting places like Vanessa's, where four fried dumplings will set you back a mere $1.50. Another good neighborhood for cheap eats is Nolita, where you can grab a sandwich at a restaurant like Parm for under $10.

For al fresco dining on a budget, Smorgasburg in Brooklyn, an outdoor market-style food fest, offers a variety of meals every weekend during the summer, so you can pick exactly what you want to eat and how much you're willing to pay for it.