By Shelby Davidson
Choosing to accept an internship is very similar to willingly forgoing all of your rights as any sort of leader and instead settling to be at the bottom of the food chain. The lack of power, income and emotional support that comes with an internship could make any human being uncomfortable.
Some people, such as myself, still drop everything to go to cities like New York, only to be an unknown, underpaid, lonely intern with a few suitcases and big dreams. I quickly realized I was going to have to find a way to make a permanent home out of a temporary place. Here are some tips I discovered that can help you get comfy as an intern:
Find a coffee shop or study spot
Before my cab even arrived into NYC, I was scanning Yelp for a coffee shop or study spot that would make me feel a bit more at home. I wanted the same level of comfort during my internship that I found in my weekly study sessions at Volta in downtown Gainesville.
Discovering the Starbucks on the corner of 52nd Avenue and Avenue of the Americas was one of the first steps towards eventually calling NYC home. It was such a unique space and I easily became a frequent customer on work breaks, weekends and post-gym coffee binges.
Use breaks on the job wisely
Speaking of work breaks, any time that is not spent chained to the intern desk should be used wisely. A huge reason why I was quick to be comfortable in the workplace while in New York is because I would do coffee runs or even bathroom breaks with coworkers.
I stayed late after work most nights to discuss ideas with the sales department, and I would show up early to the weekly meetings. It is going the extra mile to get to know those around you that will ease your stay and establish a home both inside and outside of your internship.
Create a feedback system with a trusted coworker
Once you establish a strong relationship with someone who gets to see how you perform on a daily basis, it is wise to establish a system of feedback with that individual. When I was in NYC, for instance, I made a system with my boss after a few weeks of working under her where we could meet once in a while to discuss how I could improve my skills or change my work methodology.
From this, we developed a greater bond, and now I have a very strong connection at that company. Find comfort by connecting with a coworker who is willing to watch over you and wants you to succeed.