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How to Land an Internship in a Big City You Don’t Live In

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[Preview/Summary: Landing an internship in a city where you do not live can be tough. This
article has some tips to make that transition easier. ]


As a non-native, aspiring intern in a big city, it often seems daunting to try and infiltrate the job
world of somewhere unknown. Many college students are in this position, since many college
campuses are not located in the city they would love to spend a summer in. While it is difficult, it
is not an impossible feat to land an internship for someone that does not live in the area.

Use careful discretion in choosing what types of jobs to pursue. If you are a college student
that doesn’t have constant and direct access to the city, be wary of the demands and
expectations of the job. Do not apply for an internship that needs someone to begin working as
soon as a day after you accept the offer.

Focus on one city if possible, two maximum. Try to stay in the same city if you want to “double
up” on internships or want to cultivate strong networks in a certain area. State in your cover letter
why you are applying for the job when you are not located there. For example, “I am currently a
senior at Example City University, but I’m moving to New York City on June 1st.” This is a way to
show that you are serious about gaining professional experience and are willing to make lifestyle
sacrifices in order to do so.

Ask for a phone or Skype interview first. Many companies expect you to come to them for an
interview, but if you live far away from their office location, this may not be a possibility at first.
Take the initiative to offer an alternative way of contact. During the interview, offer to work or get
up to speed in the job role virtually in the weeks before your move. Gaining virtual professional
experience will provide to be a beneficial way to transition to working productively in the office.
After the interview, follow up immediately and remind them of your interest in the role and in
particular, the city. Tell them why you’d like to be working there and why your presence will
benefit the company.


The most important piece of advice to an intern aspiring to work in a different city is to be
prepared to be flexible. Plan frequent trips to your city of choice for potential in-person interviews.
Make yourself seem as available as possible, even though you may live hundreds of miles away.

				
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Description: Landing an internship in a city where you do not live can be tough. This article has some tips to make that transition easier.