How To Balance An Internship And A Part-Time Job

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Life is pretty expensive. For some of you interning this summer (myself included), you might need to pick up a part-time job, in addition to your internship, for some extra income. It can be challenging to balance the two while maintaining some sort of life outside of work.

Here are some tips for those of you who have to balance your internship with a part-time job:

The Internship. The internship is what will benefit your career in the long-term. You’ll learn valuable skills and make connections to help you succeed in your future. When you find the perfect internship, you don’t want anything to stand the way of accepting an offer. This might mean your internship is unpaid, requires a long commute, or even temporary relocation. Whatever the obstacles, you have to try to make them work.

The Part-Time Job. Whether your internship is unpaid or just doesn’t pay enough, a part-time job might be necessary to survive. Look for jobs with flexible hours so you can work around your internship. Find somewhere you can work evenings and weekends. Some ideal jobs like this might be babysitting, waitressing, bar-tending, or tutoring. Flexible hours are key.

The Schedule. Work with your managers at both jobs to devise a schedule. This could mean certain days at the internship and certain days at the part-time job. Or it could mean mornings at your internship and evenings at the part-time job. Figure out what works best for you and your employers. Allow for some free time, as well. You need to be able to rest in order to perform your best at both jobs.

The Vacation. It is summer, so you’ll probably want to go on vacation at some point during the time off from school. Make sure you inform both employers well in advance. Assure everything has been approved by both employers so you can enjoy your time off.

You. Don’t neglect to take care of yourself. Take a moment every once in a while to make sure you’re not over-worked or exhausted. Stress is never good for anyone. If you’re too stressed out, you’ll be less productive at both jobs and won’t gain anything from the experiences. If you’re having issues, it’s OK to talk to your manager(s) about altering your schedule or workload. If it gets too bad, it’s also OK to consider quitting. Your well-being is important.

It can be tough to balance an internship with a part-time job. There can be pressure to make time for all of your responsibilities, and you don’t want to neglect your own happiness. Constantly evaluate your situation to make sure you’re truly benefiting.

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