--Richard N. Bolles
It’s internship season! The hunt is on, and we’re all out looking for rabbits – or as Elmer Fudd would say, “a wascly wabbit”! Most college students towards their upperclassmen years tend to work as interns during the summer to help improve their resume. Having gone through two internships, currently working my third, and applying to my fourth, I can say that this is not an easy process and it comes with a lot of let down at a young age.
As Richard N. Bolles said, “Every ‘no’ you get out of the way, you’re just getting closer to ‘yes’.” That quote is easily one of my favorites. I look at it everyday. It reminds you that if you get knocked down, you have to get back up – and that couldn’t be truer. In addition to that, most people think of internships as the key to your future – this is going to be what lands you the job post-graduation, this is going to be what guides your resume into perfection. But that’s not the entire truth. First off, a lot of graduates get jobs without the interning experience. Second, when looking at internships, you should remember that this is going to be an experience. You may leave the company thinking, “this was the best decision I ever made and this is what my future will look like,” or you may leave thinking, “I am changing my major.” But either way, it’s okay. It’s an experience for a reason. You’re an intern, you’re there to learn – you’re not there to make a living salary. So if you do get the ‘no,’ or your experience with the company isn’t what you had hoped for, get back on the horse and find your ‘yes’!