The only thing Blair Waldorf taught us about internships was that sabotaging your fellow interns *cough Dan Humphrey cough* gets you a higher position. We’re here to tell you that totally doesn’t happen in real life. Your professors and advisers tell you that you need at least one internship before you graduate. However, what they (and pop culture) don’t tell you is what goes on once you actually get the job. Seven University of Florida students shared their favorite moments, difficult tasks and what they learned about themselves with College Magazine. Here’s what we think you need to know.
You Will Get Yelled At – A Lot
Be prepared for people (no, not just your boss) to get in your face and yell about nonsense and nothing you have control over. Getting yelled at an internship is kind of a right of passage. Whether it’s from your overly tense supervisor or an upset customer, it’s bound to happen at some point. Don’t let it break you.
“On the lunch breaks the interns would take over the phone and that was one of the more difficult jobs because it really requires you to think on your feet. So I think my most successful day was when I didn’t get yelled at on the phone. I was really nervous about it at first because all the people in the office were telling horror stories about it before I did my first shift and on my first call they yelled at me. It kind of got it out of the way.” – Christine Csencstiz, 21, Senior, Political Science and English, Interned at the office of Senator Bill Nelson