Happy intern season, Edsters. Are the odds in your favor this year? If you’ve made it past the interviews, cover letters and acceptance letters, you’re halfway there. After you accept your internships, the true planning begins.
In the heart of many editors-to-be is the country’s magazine hotspot: New York City. Jobs in the Big Apple can be scary, exciting and intimidating all wrapped into one beautiful, dazzling package. Before you can pack your bags and launch your Empire State of mind, you have to think ahead.
Housing is one of the most stressful – and expensive – aspects of any internship in New York. Start by finding out if your internship provides housing for you. This is rare, but if they do, you can skip a lot of the formalities and go back to celebrating.
For us lone wolves, prepare to do some research. Start with the office where you’ll be working. You’ll want to live somewhere fairly close to your internship, but don’t let distance keep you from a great place to live. There are always public transportation opportunities. The extra 5 miles won’t be as bad when you can bus half of them.
The most popular form of housing for NYC interns is the dorms of local universities such as NYU. This offers summer interns a variety of locations, amenities and price ranges to choose from. No matter where you’ll be working there are dorms at your disposal. Dorm housing is a safe choice for NYC newcomers. The security and the university resources can help you manage yourself in a new city.
At NYU, you have the opportunity to choose traditional or apartment style dorms. Traditional dorm rooms do not include a kitchen and require the purchase of a meal plan. Apartment style dorms include a kitchen, and the meal plan is not required. You can also choose between single or double bedrooms and air-conditioned or non. This gives applicants a bit of wiggle room in price ranges. For more information on NYU housing you can check out their website here. (But hurry, slots fill up quickly!)
Dorms a no-go for you? Not a problem. Finding a good sublet is just a Google search away. Sites such as Craigslist and Sublet.com have a variety of listings for people looking for summer housing. If you’re interning on a budget, look at subletting a place just outside of the city, either in New Jersey of Fairfield County in Connecticut. Public transportation is easy to come by, and apartments outside Manhattan are often hundreds of dollars cheaper.
While it is an important aspect of your internship, don’t let the stress of finding housing keep you from what you want to do. The big city can be scary, but it’s the place where dreams come true and where futures in editorial careers begin!
— Sierra Vandervort