March 19, 2012
Internship searching is a fifth class (or in my case, a sixth).
I am scrambling to find some sort of summer opportunity in New York, Washington, LA, or San Francisco. My academic classes and out-of-class commitments have consumed my life this semester, leaving me little free time to think about post-sophomore year. Usually, time management is not an issue for me. It still isn’t. I just haven’t had sufficient time to search for internships, apply to internships, and email potential employees. Just recently, I sent out several emails to Hamilton alum…fingers crossed that they can shed some guidance and quiet my woes.
The unemployment rate may be at 8.2% but post-graduate and other adults are still competing for internships usually reserved for rising freshman, sophomores, and juniors. The competition is stiff. For instance, I was just rejected from an internship position at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C. I asked the internship correspondent what about my application was weak. She said I was a strong candidate but there were 200 applications for something like 10 spots. I shouldn’t be glum but alas I am.
To live at home would be ideal. I wouldn’t have to pay for an apartment or for food. Also, I will be in Paris for the entire next year during which time I while have few convenient chances to travel back home. The economy and the rising number of internship applications mean I MUST be flexible. If I can’t, the chances of me freeloading at home are much higher. No one wants that.
Majors: Economics and World Politics
Activities: Model UN, Acoustic Coffeehouse Coordinator, Campus Activities Board, WHCL, Hamilton College Cooperative, IM Soccer, HOC
Favorite Pastimes: Jumping into freezing cold Canadian lakes, Flute, Drinking Chai and a warm chocolate chip cookie from Opus Café, Glen walks, Travelling around the globe, Dancing in front of the big glass window during a radio show
Hometown: Berkeley, Calif.
High School: The College Preparatory School