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Antioch

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Re: Medicore Internship 2: Study Abroad Boogaloo
« Reply #15 on: January 24, 2018, 09:38:43 am »

Keep talking to your supervisors both at the company and at your school.

Internships are one of those things were a lot of factors are just out of your control.

I have seldom felt as stressed as during my entire internship process, but there are always people at your school that can help you.

Sometimes you just can't solve a situation on your own and asking the right people for help is the only good answer.
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Urist McScoopbeard

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Re: Medicore Internship 2: Study Abroad Boogaloo
« Reply #16 on: January 24, 2018, 02:49:21 pm »

Ya. I am currently speaking to the university itself and getting advice from my favorite professors on how to proceed.

The real crux of it though is that I just don't think that my skillset and the business side of the entertainment industry line up very well.
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« Reply #17 on: January 24, 2018, 05:42:35 pm »

Ya. I am currently speaking to the university itself and getting advice from my favorite professors on how to proceed.

The real crux of it though is that I just don't think that my skillset and the business side of the entertainment industry line up very well.

If you are towards the end of your study it is almost certainly worth it to finish. Even if you decide to do something completely different you almost certainly won't regret finishing.
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Urist McScoopbeard

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Re: Medicore Internship 2: Study Abroad Boogaloo
« Reply #18 on: January 24, 2018, 05:46:04 pm »

That's the thing. I just got here, the semester is only a couple of weeks in.

It's just so uncertain. I could just leave now with fairly minor financial penalties and just finish the semester back at my university.

OR

I can tough it out and roll the dice on A.) It getting better (B.) Getting kicked out anyways with worse financial penalties and having to go to summer classes C.) Just having life suck for three months.

EDIT: I've basically discussed the issue with my on site advisor who urged me to tough it out, my actual advisor who was basically like ya lets just get you back here now otherwise it'll cost even more money, and I just emailed my program advisor who is notoriously slow at responding to emails about getting a refund on my program and housing fees.

Luckily I'll at least be graduating on time any which way this goes down.

EDIT2: That said, there is a bunch of information I am taking in all at once here, and while I kinda feel like while I am not enjoying it a few weeks isn't enough time to get the lay of the land--BUT, like... to stay longer and maybe hate it would lead to the above problems.
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Re: Medicore Internship 2: Study Abroad Boogaloo
« Reply #19 on: January 25, 2018, 07:50:01 am »

It’s sound advice. You’re young. Now is the time to be adventurous and gamble a couple months on your future. There’s plenty of time when you’re older to play it safe.
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Antioch

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Re: Medicore Internship 2: Study Abroad Boogaloo
« Reply #20 on: January 25, 2018, 11:10:21 am »

That's the thing. I just got here, the semester is only a couple of weeks in.

It's just so uncertain. I could just leave now with fairly minor financial penalties and just finish the semester back at my university.

OR

I can tough it out and roll the dice on A.) It getting better (B.) Getting kicked out anyways with worse financial penalties and having to go to summer classes C.) Just having life suck for three months.

EDIT: I've basically discussed the issue with my on site advisor who urged me to tough it out, my actual advisor who was basically like ya lets just get you back here now otherwise it'll cost even more money, and I just emailed my program advisor who is notoriously slow at responding to emails about getting a refund on my program and housing fees.

Luckily I'll at least be graduating on time any which way this goes down.

EDIT2: That said, there is a bunch of information I am taking in all at once here, and while I kinda feel like while I am not enjoying it a few weeks isn't enough time to get the lay of the land--BUT, like... to stay longer and maybe hate it would lead to the above problems.

How far are you into your study as a whole?

Remember that even a shitty completed internship means you can mark it off and move on with the rest of the program.
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Urist McScoopbeard

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Re: Medicore Internship 2: Study Abroad Boogaloo
« Reply #21 on: January 25, 2018, 01:26:52 pm »

Everyone I've spoken to has encouraged me to stick it out, so I think I'm going to do just that.

Only several weeks, btw.
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« Reply #22 on: January 26, 2018, 05:27:21 am »

Everyone I've spoken to has encouraged me to stick it out, so I think I'm going to do just that.

Only several weeks, btw.

You have an internship at the start of your program?
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Urist McScoopbeard

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« Reply #23 on: January 26, 2018, 03:12:31 pm »

I had an internship back in November. I'm a pretty good interviewee and my resume has tested well with audiences.
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Re: Medicore Internship 2: Study Abroad Boogaloo
« Reply #24 on: February 11, 2018, 01:26:13 pm »

Stick it out. 100%.

 Unpaid internships are slavery under a different name, and I abhor them. I've worked at two organisations where I've managed to lobby them to completely ban it. However, as annoying as the  'everything can be a learning experience' rubbish is, you can MAKE it work.

I'd do this - ask for a meeting with whoever your boss is. Bring your contract with you. In the meeting say that you're 100% happy to do whatever they need you to do, however you'd like to get involved with projects which look at *point to bits in contract which set out what you'll be working on*, how can you do that?

Most managers just think interns are free general labour, and they'll use them as such unless you stand your ground. Bringing in your contract reminds them that they have certain responsibilities, and If you can do this in a super, super polite way you should be fine.

If they kick you out for showing initiative and wanting to do whats in your contract then you've got all sorts of avenues you can pursue. If they nod their head and say yes alot but nothing happens, keep a log of all the work that you do - literally everything you get asked to do, and then come back 2-3 weeks later and reassess.

Final note: be aware that some employers put new employees through a bit of a hazing ritual of doing boring, annoying grunt work to see if they tough it out and can be trusted. It's bad management, but it does happen. Don't get too ahead of yourself with it.

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Re: Medicore Internship 2: Study Abroad Boogaloo
« Reply #25 on: February 12, 2018, 05:46:58 pm »

Thanks for the all the good advice.

I'm still here, things are considerably better at my new internship and I am enjoying myself much more. This particular crisis appears to have been traversed and conquered fairly quickly.

My next crisis is finding a job and figuring out what I want to/can do with my life.

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