How to Prepare for Your Summer Internship in NYC

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So, you did it. After all the searching, cover letters, customized resumes, interviews, and follow-up notes, the email you’ve been waiting for has finally arrived: you got the internship! And, even better, it’s in New York City.

Now that you’ve landed the gig, how do you get ready for summer in a new city? Read on for everything you need to do to prep for your internship in NYC.

1. Pack carefully.


You can only bring so much with you to NYC. Before you do all that packing, make sure you have a good understanding of what the company culture is like and how they dress on a daily basis. Don’t go out and buy a whole new super professional wardrobe, only to get to your new office and find that all your coworkers wear jeans everyday.

If you’re unsure of the company dress code, don’t be afraid to ask the recruiter or future boss you’ve been in touch with throughout the application process. It may feel awkward, but trust us, it’s better to be prepared. You don’t want to show up with a suitcase full of clothes you can’t wear, or feel like you don’t fit in at your new internship.

2. Find housing.


Your parents might be a little concerned about sending you off to a big city. Ease their concerns by telling them about NYU Summer Housing.

NYU Summer Housing provides safe, comfortable housing in NYU dorms in some of the nicest and most fun neighborhoods in the city. It gives you the same perks you would have living at school, so they don’t have to worry about you. You’ll have an RA and public safety to keep an eye on you, a meal plan or kitchen so you don’t have to live on Seamless, and a community of other interns and students just like you so you won’t be alone. You’ll also have the independence and fun perks of being a young pro in the city, but your parents probably won’t call you as often to make sure you’re surviving in NYC.

Learn more about NYU Summer Housing and how to apply here.

3. Mark your calendar.

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The summer will go by faster than you’d think. Go through your summer calendar and start making plans.

You’ll need to answer a few questions first. What do you want to see while you’re in New York? Do you have any friends living there that you’ll want to catch up with? Will you check out the nearby beaches on the weekends, or hit up the museums? Will you need to take a day off from your internship for a July 4th weekend outside the city or to head to Hustle Summit?

Think about these things now, so you can start reaching out to friends and making plans. Don’t waste precious time in New York trying to get organized, and make sure your internship supervisor has plenty of warning before you ask for days off.

4. Find mentors.

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It’s possible to build a network in NYC from anywhere, but the ability to meet face-to-face will help you make even stronger connections. Take advantage of your time in New York to meet as many new mentors as possible.

Start by making a list of companies you want to work for, and use LinkedIn to find people who work at those companies whom you might want to speak with. Then, reach out. You can use LinkedIn or try to guess their company email, and send them a quick note to get in touch. Be sure to explain your background, why you’re interested in speaking with that specific person, and when you’ll be in New York. Offer to meet them for coffee near their office to make things easier for them.

If you start lining up these meetings now, you’re sure to have a productive summer full of new connections.

5. Know the company.

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You researched the company and industry before you applied, but now it’s time for a refresher course. Walk into your internship on your first day knowing everything you possibly could about the business, and you’ll definitely impress your new boss.

Take the time now to set up a Google alert for the company, follow all their social media profiles, and start reading industry publications. If you start taking in all that knowledge now, you’ll be a total expert by the time you get to New York.

6. Google yourself.

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You’re about to meet a ton of new friends and coworkers in a new city. We’re sure you revamped your LinkedIn and Twitter profiles before you applied for your internships, but take some time to go through everything – including Facebook – before you head to New York for the summer. There are few things more awkward than your new intern buddies finding that unflattering picture of you from 6th grade on Facebook.

A new city is a chance for a new you. Google yourself and go through your online presence to make sure you’re presenting the best professional version of yourself online, so you can make a strong first impression.

7. Think about what you want.

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You don’t have to have it all figured out, but there’s one move that’s guaranteed to help you stand out as an intern: asking for more. Whether it’s asking to help with new projects, taking on tasks outside your internship description, or offering to pick up more hours when the team needs extra support, asking for more shows your boss that you’re dedicated and putting the company first.

You’d be surprised by how many interns just do what their told, then sit around texting until the workday is over. Don’t be that intern. Be the one who makes life easier for the rest of the team – that’s what will make them remember you.

As you research the company, think about the job description for your internship. Is there anything outside the role you’re interested in learning about? Another department you’d like to have a better understanding of? If you start making a list now of things you want to learn, you’ll be better prepared to make the most of your internship and stand out to your team.

8. Fill the time.


Maybe your internship is part-time – so what will you do when you’re not interning? If you’re considering a part-time job, start looking for that now so you can hit the ground running. Or if there’s a skill you’re dying to learn, maybe this summer is the time to pick up a coding class or photography workshop. The city has so much to offer – don’t miss out on your chance to take advantage of it.

9. Find a community.

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It’s true that New York City is big. Tons of young pros come here every summer to start awesome internships just like you. But how do you meet them?

Plugging into the FindSpark community gives you an automatic circle in NYC. Through our blog, Facebook group, virtual workshops, and Twitter chats there are tons of ways for you to connect with our members from wherever you live. And once you get to New York, we have a calendar packed with live events that you can check out to meet your online connections IRL while learning from top pros, developing necessary skills, connecting with recruiters, and more.

See the events calendar here:

How are you prepping for your summer in New York? Share with us in the comments!

This post is brought to you by NYU Summer Housing. NYU Summer Housing offers safe, affordable, and convenient housing for students, interns, and new grads spending the summer in NYC. Spend your summer in the best, most vibrant parts of New York, surrounded by a community and resources to help you navigate the big city. Learn more about NYU Summer Housing and how to apply!

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