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What to Do If You Hate Your Internship

Certain things in life just have to be done, and there is simply no way around them. Examples of such tasks include cleaning your room, walking the dog and showering. Sure, sometimes you can enjoy these things, but at other times they may just seem like a hassle. Even the opportunities that may seem enjoyable at first can end up being a huge bummer. Still, you have to be able to deal with the unexpected. Maybe you will go for a hike and end up caught in a downpour. You can be bitter about it, or you can embrace the experience and learn from it.

Say you have your future all planned out. You are going to finish finals, land a killer internship, get a job offer and move on to bigger and better things. You are planning on having an awesome summer during which you will learn a ton about your career. You have been looking forward to this opportunity all year. But what if it just is not all it was cracked up to be? While your friends sit in on surgeries and go to Yankees games with Katie Holmes for their internships, you are filing papers and making coffee runs to Starbucks for your boss.

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Take a time out. Don’t get too upset. Just because this job may not be perfect for you, it does not mean that you cannot benefit from it. Keep your goals in mind because this internship could lead to a future job offer. It is likely just a stepping-stone to bigger and better things. You may not even end up working for that particular company, but it can at least boost your resume. If nothing else, your internship will show you exactly what you do not want for a career.


Now that you realize that this is not what you were hoping it would be, try to figure out why. What is wrong with this job? Is it the environment? Is it the company? Maybe it is the people you are working with or the type of work you do. You can use this information to help you make other career and internship decisions in the long run. Maybe you can try another role or work for a different company.  You may even want to consider another career altogether. There are so many possibilities within any major, and career choices are still flexible while you are in school. Choose something that you are truly interested in, find an internship wherever you can, and dive into it.


Even if you are disappointed by your internship, you should not regret it. Hopefully someday you can even look back and laugh about it, but for now just try to keep your head up and finish out the summer. Even what seems like a waste of time will probably end up being a great learning experience. Not to mention, it will make coming back to school that much more exciting.

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