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Moving On and In: Relocating for Your Summer Internship
You've landed your dream summer job in the coolest city in the Union, and now your next priority demands attention: a place to lay your head. We've talked to some relocated interns to get their advice on how to find the perfect summer pad.
I thought to myself: I got the job, I don't know the area, where do I live now? -Ben Sherman, intern, UMI Publications
Landing a summer internship at UMI Publications brought Ben Sherman one step closer to his dream of working in sports journalism. Sherman, 20, was hired to assist in the development of the publisher's ACC Basketball Handbook, highlighting the teams in the Atlantic College Conference. But a problem soon arose: Sherman, who lives in Fort Lauderdale and attends the University of Richmond, would need to move to Charlotte, North Carolina, for his summer assignment. "I thought to myself: I got the job, I don't know the area, where do I live now?" he says. "Not knowing anybody down there, I didn't know anything about how to find a place."
Countless college students every year move to internship hotspots like New York, Los Angeles, or, in Sherman's case, Charlotte to broaden their resumes and gain real-world experience. And every year, interns fret about living arrangements. But fret not: we've talked to the pros - the interns who have already made the transition to a brand-new city - and asked for their advice on short-term relocation.
Ask your coworkers
Sherman's living situation comes with a warning, however. Living with coworkers can strain the professional relationship, especially if your roommate is your boss. Sherman is lucky, however. "It's such a relaxed work environment here that that's never been an issue," he says.
Sublet an apartment
If you need to find a sublet in a distant city, the Internet might be your best bet. Subscribe to an online newsgroup that contains housing and sublet ads specific to your destination. Or search the numerous online sites willing to match you up with a room or roommate for the summer for little or even no cost. You may have to take your apartment sight unseen, but you will at least have a place to lay your head. If this concerns you, ask your roomie-to-be to send along pictures of the place.
Schneider, who is interning at Fox News as anchor Linda Vester's personal assistant, says her apartment near Union Square comes with many perks: guarded entrances, free cable and local phone service, and a workout room. What's more, NYU's weekly payment schedule means she doesn't have to pay for the full month of August - she can return home midmonth, after her internship ends.
Keep looking for colleges
Although finding an apartment in a faraway city can be a daunting task, Sherman, Schneider, and Vogel all agree that the experience has broadened their horizons. "I think everyone should do something like this once in their life, if not more," says Schneider. "Everyone needs to break out of their comfort zone."
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