Tomorrow is my last day at Radio Free Europe (hopefully I’ll have some pictures to post) and I am so sad that such an amazing opportunity is coming to an end. Sitting in on the editorial board meetings every morning, learning about the scary and amazing things going on in the world has been such a blessing. Seeing my own writing published on the website was indescribable. I have been so inspired by everything that the company does and it has made me hope that one day I will have the opportunity to be in such a cool place again.
Getting the internship was purely through luck and perseverance and it was a reminder to me that many times life is out of your control, sometimes bad and sometimes great things happen when you are least expecting them. With situations like internships I feel the need to constantly remind myself that things happen for a reason and that everything will be ok in the end.
Recently (well actually since last summer really) I have been in the business of applying for summer internships at home. The process is amazingly frustrating, as I know so many of my peers can attest to as well. I have applied to probably between 30-50 internships (this includes writing cover letters, filling out questionnaires, researching interesting positions etc.). The majority of internships that I take the time to apply to do not even bother to respond at all, and of the few that do, it is usually highly unlikely that it amounts to anything more than maybe a SKYPE interview.
I think for me it brings to light the difficulties faced by my generation. I have found many articles lately on the mounting loans students have taken on, the lack of jobs (and even UNPAID internships) and the culture of needing to constantly push on to the next position and build up one’s experience. I have so many friends who have all faced the same frustrations of just trying to find something to do for the summer that involves gaining knowledge and maybe even making a few dollars to save up for the coming year. It is a shame to me to see so many people who have so much to offer not being given the time of day. It is of course not anything personal towards individuals, but there is so much competition it can be hard to stand out or be given a chance.
I’m finally cementing down my final summer plan, but the amount of effort that it takes to get even a single offer seems crazy to me. In order to keep from letting it all drive me totally mad I have to keep in mind that what is meant to be will happen, and everything else isn’t worth worrying over. I’ve been so lucky to already have some great learning experiences and there will always be another one somewhere down the road.