So you landed the internship of your dreams….Congratulations! Now the bad news is, you still have a LOT of planning ahead. For those of you who received an internship away from your home, you’re gonna need to research things like housing options and transportation. These things may seem overwhelming, but with some planning and research, it will be a piece of cake!
Ok, so you gotta live somewhere right? When I moved from Michigan to California for my internship, I was responsible for providing my own housing (which is the case for most internships across the country). I found a lot of helpful sites that made the housing search much more simple, depending on where you are planning on living. Here are some of the best internship housing sites for the top internship cities:
New York City Internships:
Los Angeles Internships:
Washington D.C. Internships:
Even if you are interning in a city that is not listed above, my best advice for you is to check with local universities/colleges in those communities. Often times, these universities and colleges allow non-student interns to use their dormitories during off seasons (mainly the summer months).
Seriously consider renting a furnished apartment/dorm! This is a very important tip. When I did my internship, the apartment I rented was completely furnished. This eliminated the hassle of finding/returning furniture, and it also made it easier to travel to my internship city since I wasn’t worrying about bringing furniture with me.
TRANSPORTATION (AND ALL THAT JAZZ!)
Alright, unless you are living in New York City where there is a very detailed public transportation system, I HIGHLY suggest taking your own vehicle with you to your internship. I drove my car across the country for my internship, which had both pros and cons. First off, it put a lot of unwanted miles on my car, and second off, gas was not cheap! However, I would have been absolutely lost without my car. I mean think about it, you are already going to a city you are not familiar with, don’t you AT LEAST want to know that you have your transportation under control? I know I did. In the end, bringing my own car with me to California actually ended up being the cheapest and fastest option overall. Some of the other people I interned with rented vehicles, which proved to be VERY expensive. Like I said, if possible, take your own car. You won’t regret it.
HERE’S A LITTLE SOMETHING EXTRA:
If you are still overwhelmed, take a deep breath and relax. You are going to do great! I found that Google+ was an excellent source of information for people trying to find/complete an internship. Here is a link to all Google+ has to offer on internships: