Last week, there was a going away toast for all of the summer interns. With an array of sugary sweets and Styrofoam cups flowing with bubbly (surprisingly champagne) laid out for everyone, one of the senior writers speaking on behalf of our supervisor praised the interns for a job well done. Also one of the head editors added a few kind words expressing his gratitude for our efforts. All in all it was a nice gesture, presenting a rare moment of socializing at the magazine. Not only was I able to compare notes with the departing interns (some who I had never met until that day), but also speak freely with the staffers whom I had gotten to known through working on assignments. I personally thanked them for everything, sharing my experiences and what other interns could benefit from in the future.
I know the end is near, but I feel as though I’m still at a crossroads. As all of the interns leave one by one, I’m delaying the inevitable while I decide what to do about my fate. Although one intern is extending his time at the magazine through the fall, I unfortunately have to make a hard decision.
Should I stay or should I go?
Part of me wants to stay and see how things go, especially with the excitement of future events like the Emmys to look forward to covering. I was a bit disappointed that I didn’t get the chance to attend an industry event (unlike a select few interns), but I was holding out hope that there would be time for me to do so in the remaining time that I have. Besides that, I would relish continuing to work with writers and editors that I’ve learned so much from. But during the last few months, it’s been hard for me to have an unpaid internship; I never thought I would be working for free. Realistically, I need to prepare for the next step beyond the summer and figure out a plan B in order to support myself financially.
But in all honesty, I have no regrets. I will be forever grateful to Ed for posting the information about the internship that I eventually ended up spending an unforgettable summer at the magazine.
I am also grateful for the senior writer that took a chance on me, giving me the opportunity to work at one of the most amazing entertainment magazines in the industry. I was able to assist him with a few research projects, which taught me the value of hunting down viable news resources and nailing the details crucial to a well-crafted story.While I didn't spend time hobnobbing with stars on the red carpet, I did have a few brushes with fame. I listened in while transcribing high profile conversations and encountered a number of notable names around the office. Celebrity sightings aside, I was fortunate to be able to conduct my own industry interviews and write a handful of entertainment articles that I’m immensely proud of. I pushed myself out of my comfort zone, proving to myself that it’s never too late to pursue your dreams, no matter your circumstances in life. Along the way, I've met a few cool people that I hope to keep in touch. Who knows where we’ll end up in the future, but the sky’s the limit!
Thanks again Edsters for all the support. ‘Til next time J