How to Balance School with an Internship

Michela Tindera, Ed at Indiana’s Vice President of Events, interned at Indianapolis Monthly last semester. While balancing and internship and school had its challenges, she found the experience to be well worth it.

Thinking about applying for a fall or spring semester internship? Consider Indianapolis Monthly — it’s about an hour drive up IN-37, but well worth the commitment in the experience you gain. Balancing your time between classes and work can be challenging at times, but it’s definitely manageable if you stay organized. Here’s what a typical Monday looked like for me during first semester.

8 a.m.
Wake up, get dressed and walk to the Informatics East building for class.

9:05 a.m.
I-308 Information and Data Representation class — I’m pursuing an informatics certificate along with my journalism major.

11 a.m.
Head home to grab lunch and change into different clothes for the office.

11:45 a.m.
Leave for Indianapolis. I always made sure my iPod was updated before the commute, so I had plenty of new music to sing along to on my drive.

1 p.m.
Arrive at the Emmis Communications office on Monument Circle in downtown Indianapolis and check in with intern supervisor and managing editor, Kim Hannel. There, I’d pick up fact-checking assignments from her and then head to my desk to check email.

2 p.m.
Interview at the Starbucks on Mass Ave. with a source for my upcoming article (in print!). During my four months as an intern I had the chance write for the web and print, sit in on editorial meetings and fact check some major features for the magazine.

5 p.m.
Leave the office and drive home.

6:15 p.m.
Arrive home and pull together dinner.

7:45 p.m.
Collaborative Learning group session for my required ECON-E201 course.

8:45 p.m.
Leave class and relocate to the IMU to work on homework until 11 p.m. or midnight. Then it’s back home and to bed — it’s been a long day!

During the fall semester I interned Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays while taking 12 credit hours on campus. And though this was a typical Monday for me, my Wednesdays and Fridays were each different from one another. On Wednesdays I worked a half day in the morning and then went to class in the afternoon, while on Fridays I worked a full day.

Have any questions? Contact me at and to apply contact Kim Hannel at

Michela Tindera