Internly Insights: Time Management

My internship at the Literary Agent is quickly winding down. I only have one assignment to go before I officially end. Since I am in the middle of finals week, for the first time since I started this internship, I really find myself racing against the clock.

Eden asked:

I have a question on how you manage a physical internship with school… I’ve seen several internships that are full-time position.

If you’ve been keeping track of my Internly posts, you may known already that my current internship is virtual. While I did have meetings a couple of times a month, most of my work is done online. So far, I had been able to manage my time to read material for internship by having a strict schedule. Since I am doing the work on my own time, I made sure to get up in the morning a little before nine so I had time to read manuscripts for maybe half an hour to an hour and a half before I had to head out to class. Since I have an e-reader, I was also able to read in between classes if needed.

But lately, I have been swamped with writing papers and attempting to study so juggling both internship and schoolwork had been harder than usual. Prioritizing really helps as well as keeping in mind of deadlines. In the end, I really just had to quit procrastinating to make sure I got all my work done.

That I am aware of, most internships throughout the school year are part time. Most publishing houses and literary agencies are aware the college students have classes and they are generally flexible of when you work and how many hours. A way to go about this is to schedule your classes so that you have a day or two or a couple of half-days where you can go in for your internship. I do work out my schedule so that I have at least a day free every week throughout the semester, just in case I end up acquiring an internship. It also helps to schedule your classes one right after the other either in the morning or afternoons so there could be a possibility of coming into the office for a couple of hours when you are free.

Full-time internships are mostly during the summer and a few are in the winter for a few weeks. Since I am not taking summer classes, I can focus solely on my internship five days a week without worrying about scheduling conflicts.

 

While my internship at the Literary Agency is almost coming to an end, I am happy to announce – if I haven’t already – that I have secured a full time internship in the summer at a Big Publishing House. I’ll be working at the Children’s Department staring in June! I can’t wait.

I hope to have a wrap up post for this current internship next week on the Things I Learned!
Questions? Comments? I’ll address anything you’re wondering about internship-related things all at my next Internly Insights post!

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11 Comments

  1. Ooh, huge congrats on your summer internship!!! EXCITING! =D I hope you’ll post more about it on your blog :)

    Very ineresting post, definitely reminds me that I should quit procrastinating :p

    1. Thanks! I will definitely post about it when I start. :)

      And if it makes you feel any better, I wrote the post since I really didn’t want to study :bleh:

  2. Grats, Cialina!

    Are you going to be at the Big Publishing House this time, or is it another virtual-ish position? Either way, that’s still awesome. :]

  3. Thanks for the post, Cialina! The tips on arranging your schedule are going to be really helpful (I hope!).

    And congrats on the Big Publishing House internship too :)

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