The Allure of Multiple Internships
By Alexander Scheg
Class of 2014
Television, Radio and Film
I came out here wanting to make as many contacts as possible. The best way I thought, at that time, to do that was through getting two internships as opposed to just one. The more the merrier so I thought and I ended up getting two internships with different development companies. Robin did her best to advise me against it, insisting it would take up too much of my time and that I wouldn’t have time for schoolwork. I have come to found that I agree with her advice that it was a bad idea, but not exactly for the reasons she said it would be. To everybody coming out in future semesters, I would suggest only doing one internship and being there three days a week as opposed to doing two days apiece at two different companies. When you are doing split weeks at two companies, you do get burned out like Robin said, but the biggest reason I suggest against it is because it is tough to make that much of an impression, a lasting impression, when you are only at a company two days a week, for a total of 10-15 hours as opposed to three days comprised of 20-25 hours.
Plus simple tasks can be made confusing. For example, answering the phones is not a hard task in itself but when you have to remember how different phone systems work, it can become confusing. Plus task become laborious, especially if you are doing the same things at both internships. If anybody plans on coming out here and doing two internships, I would generally recommend against it. If you are set on it like I was, I would highly suggest thinking about setting one of those internships for three days a week and the other internship for one day a week. You want at least one internship to be able to write you a stellar, and detailed recommendation after you’re done, and if you end up doing a second internship, you want that one to be for you, to learn from, and perhaps to put on your resume. Your second internship should be in a different area than your main internship. For example, I should have done the one at a development company and the other one as a set PA. I am now doing two internships. It is indeed possible, but take it from someone who is doing it, I don’t feel as though it is worthwhile as it may seem to the Hollywood Newbie.