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What you need to know if you got approval for an Internship in New York



Besides the experience, you also get to network with some fantastic people

You’ve worked hard to stand out from the competition at university/college. Perhaps you’ve done some unpaid work experience which you’ve used as formal applications for internships. Now, despite your hard work, you are seeking that all-important ‘Yes’ decision from employers. Without a doubt, this time is very stressful for you.

Here’s the problem: Getting an internship in New York City is notoriously competitive. Getting an internship in New York is even more difficult when you don’t have connections. If you don’t have connections, it means you need to make your own connections.

Unless you’ve interned directly for your dream company, the internship hunt can be as daunting as landing the job itself. Before you even get started, it’s wise to do a little research on the companies you’re targeting.

Some interns thrive on the hunt and relish the competitive nature of getting the best internship. Others find it overwhelming and exhausting.

So, how do you find the internship that’s right for you and your career?

Inter definition

An internship is a short-term job in which you gain hands-on experience in a professional setting. It’s often unpaid, but interns may receive compensation, such as college credit, and, in some cases, reimbursement for expenses.

Internships sometimes called “practical training,” are usually held by colleges and universities for credit. Internships usually require an application.

That said, some companies do offer internships for college credit. To get credit, interns must fulfill certain requirements. They usually need to complete the internship over the course of a semester or summer. In addition, interns must write a paper on the experience.

Employers typically require interns to have a strong interest in their industry, be hard-working, be punctual and be eager to learn.

The type of internship you do depends on what you want to do. For example, internships are available at hospitals, museums, and government agencies. Most employers, however, require interns to be at least 17 years old.

If you’re seeking a career in your chosen field, an internship can help you get a foot in the door. For example, if you’re interested in a career in marketing, an internship can give you the chance to write and edit advertising copy for a newspaper, magazine, or Web site.

Internships also look good on a resume, especially if they lead to a job.

If an internship requires a background check, expect the employer to check with your past employers, as well as with government agencies such as the FBI, Social Security Administration, and Department of Motor Vehicles.

Internships usually last a few months or a semester. However, longer internships, such as 2 years, are possible.

If you’re offered a paid internship, you’ll get the benefit of getting paid for your work, in addition to gaining experience.

Interning in New York

The city of New York is no stranger to innovation and will always encourage new ideas, diversification of the workforce, and support for those who dare to tread the path less taken. If you’re looking for an internship in New York City there’s no better way to experience what it really means to be a true “New Yorker” than by getting involved with a startup company.

An internship in New York is the perfect opportunity to grow your skill set and learn a new industry. There are plenty of opportunities with major companies, startups, and even non-profits. Internships in New York give you the opportunity to take your career to the next level. There will likely be an online background check for employment.

Many of the internship opportunities in New York City are full of perks. These can include free meals, gym memberships, and housing. offers shared housing for interns.

While you may have found yourself a paid internship, make sure you are aware of any extra expenses. You often need to provide your own transportation, which means finding affordable ways to get around.

Two key points to living in NYC as an intern

We’ve all got a million and one things going on, but employers love punctuality.

Managing time

Being 15 minutes early is on time; in NYC, 30 minutes is on time. If you’re taking the subway, take into account time waiting for the trains, MTA route revisions, and unfortunate delays such as a sick passenger on board. If you decide to take a taxi, make sure you know where you are going.

By this, I don’t mean just the address but look at the route ahead of time so you are not taken advantage of by long detours to increase your fare.

Money management

The cost of living in New York City is crazy, especially if you don’t have a budget or any sort of financial plan. Of course, there is no such thing as free, so try to keep your eye out for discounts. If you’re a student, make sure you bring a school ID with you. If you’re staying for the summer, there are discounts at many restaurants and stores. For example, Coney Island has $5 “Fright Nights.” Also, make sure you’ve got the right student visa.

Final thoughts

The interns are in for a surprise: New York is an island. Just like that, 5 boroughs of Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and The Bronx, all on the tip of his outstretched hand (he points south). The whole thing is amazing.

The fact that New York City is an island is actually a major advantage, in many ways. For one, it’s densely packed, so everything is so concentrated, it’s amazing how everything is within walking distance.

Also, there is no zoning, so everything is mixed and you can’t tell where exactly you are.


  • You can walk everywhere.
  • Everything is super close.
  • You can absorb so much culture.
  • The people are friendly.
  • It’s safe.
  • You can do anything.
  • The weather is amazing.


  • Everything is so packed, it’s crowded.
  • It can be expensive.
  • Traffic.
  • It can be loud.
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