Which summer internship should I choose?
January 27, 2011 4:49 PM Subscribe
Please help me assess two possible summer internship opportunities - NYC private equity or more interesting stuff abroad?
posted by masters2010 to education (14 answers total)
Hello there Hivemind :D I am looking for a little advice, as always. I have two summer internship opportunities and I'm not sure which of the two I should take - can you please offer some insight?
The first is an internship with a private equity firm in NYC. I think the job would be relatively laid back and in a nice environment, and that I would learn much about the field while profiting from some valuable work experience. I would be able to live in NYC with some of my best friends, also remaining close to home. I am fairly certain that I do not want to work in private equity after graduation, but I think this would be a good opportunity to educate myself in the field of finance, something I think will be useful in the future. The caveat is that a) I'm note terribly interested in working in finance, and b) the company doesn't really (at all) align with my personal beliefs / objectives. This aside, I think the internship would be a good learning / work experience opportunity, especially as I approach college graduation. Additionally, I think that the summer would be the optimal time to gain this knowledge and experience without committing myself to an actual job in the field.
The second offer is with an international environmental organization based in the Netherlands. This opportunity more closely aligns with my major, my independent work, and my interests. I would love to be abroad and think that traveling always broadens my perspective for the better. This internship would certainly be more intellectually stimulating, simply because the subject matter and the work being done are more interesting to me. However, I am not necessarily sure that the opportunity will best benefit myself post-college. I have never really had a serious summer internship, and I feel that I may not be gaining much practical experience and knowledge from the opportunity. I predict that the work may be similar to an internship I previously had with a charity, and that while it will be an incredible summer, it may make more sense to have an incredible summer in NYC but additionally gain some practical work experience and financial knowledge.
My future career plans are ambiguous, but I aspire to start my own business in an environmental based field. For this reason, it seems to me that gaining the private equity perspective may prove to be more useful, especially if I see myself on the other end of the equation in coming years. I don't doubt that I would have a great and educational summer if I took the NYC internship, but I see a chance that I would dread going to work every day if I didn't find it interesting and if I didn't believe in the work that the company was doing.
Also, it's quite possible that my dad's opinion has had an effect on me, seeing as he wants me to take the NYC internship.
Can you please offer me some insight?
Thanks, and much love!