Traveling out of state for a relatively long period time is a frightening thing (trust me, I know), but it’s definitely a great way to explore your opportunities and maybe even find the place you’d like to live for the rest of your life.
True, even finding an internship is daunting enough, but stepping out of your comfort zone… alone? Yeah, that’s tough enough.
But that’s what I did. I set my heart on New York City and made it happen (don’t worry- companies don’t mind if you’re out-of-state, as long as you’re qualified and committed). And thank goodness I did because I definitely couldn’t live there permanently. This instance brings me to my first point: You’ll find out if you completely love or hate a location.
Take an internship where you see yourself in the future. Pick a state that you love and see if you like it. Chances are if you love it, you’ll move there and (hopefully) get a permanent job. Other chances are, you hate it and dodged a permanent bullet.
Other than that, it’s enlightening to see how another culture lives. When we think of culture, we think of “out of the country.” But no, even the next state over from us lives a completely different life.
Finally, you’ll get a chance to demonstrate your flexibility and willingness to try something new. If anything, taking a chance and traveling alone to somewhere you haven’t been before indicates an outgoing, determined personality. Not to mention, helps develop a sense of confidence.
And my final bit of advice: start soon. Even if you’re a freshman, apply for internships this summer, whether local or out-of-state. Take the advice of your predecessors, especially those who know what they’re talking about.
“Everybody wants to land that job, especially today. The job market is more competitive than ever, and that’s just made internships more competitive than ever before. So just as I would have said to people five years ago, ‘You need to get focused early,’ it’s just that much more important to get focused and get started early,” said Lauren Berger (The Intern Queen) in an interview with YPulse.
So apply anywhere and everywhere. Most importantly, don’t be afraid to put yourself out there. After all, you are daring, adventurous, confident and outgoing….right?