The first step in getting ready for your internship is packing. The big P word. But don’t fret, we’re here to help. We have compiled a list of 7 essentials any New Yorker would need.
1) Resumes (also business cards)
What kind of nerd would constantly carry a copy of their resume around? The kind who is prepared. That’s who. New York City is categorized as an Alpha Alpha city. This not only means that it’s the residence of a host of talented individuals this also means. This is also the nesting grounds of THE experts in EVERY career field. About 85% of all jobs are filled through networking.
Lesson: You never know who you may bump into. So having a copy of your resume always on hand can pay off. Extra points for having business cards.
2) Water Bottle
Whether you are sitting at your internship or exploring the city, one thing you can’t forget is your water bottle. Forget spending $2 at drugstores or even $4 at a street vendor for plastic bottle of water. Find a bottle with a cool design or really any functional water bottle. It can help those 3 o’clock fatigue episodes and it saves money.
For those interns stuck at a desk job, it’s still crucial to stay hydrated and active. Here in the city, there are plenty of ways to stay active.
3) Umbrella (small)
One thing you’ll find out very quickly living in the city is that New York weather is unpredictable. Within the span of one week; one day, there could be a snow blizzard, another day, a sweltering heat wave and another pouring rain. Okay, that’s kind of an exaggeration…but the point still stands. Be prepared. Also, keep in mind to pack a small umbrella. When you’re crammed on the sidewalk rushing to work, your fellow pedestrians wouldn’t appreciate you poking their eyes with an umbrella twice your size. Been there. Done that.
4) Wide Range of Clothes
On that same note, bring a wardrobe prepared for any weather between 40-100 degrees Fahrenheit. Also, be prepared to look professional for precious first impressions. Light cardigans, blazers and slacks would work perfectly. Socks with cool designs always keeps it fun. Bonus: here are some tips on how to dress for your internship.
5) Hand Sanitizer
If you’re a germaphobe, this one is a no brainer. If you aren’t, one trip on the MTA Transit will make you one. One extensive university study found 15,152 different strands of genetic material all across the New York MTA system
6) Metro Card
This leads into the next item on our list: the Metro Card. You can buy these cards in almost any subway station at their kiosks. This is the golden ticket to exploring the metropolitan jungle. It’s much cheaper than an Uber. A single ride costs $2.75. An average Uber ride costs around $13. Getting used to the subway system takes time, skill and guidance, but it beats walking!
7) Comfortable Shoes
In a city of 8 million people, it can be cheaper, healthier and sometimes more convenient to walk to your destination. Whether you’re trying to save money or stay active, you’re bound to walk around the city. Also, if your internship requires you to be running to and from meetings, its best to find a comfortable pair of shoes. For women, we recommend flats and or low raise heels. For guys, we recommend dress shoes that actually fit. For extra comfort, invest in some Dr. Scholl’s shoe inserts.
You’ve got your checklist and suitcase, all that’s left is packing. With these essentials your internship should be a breeze!