In the past few years, I’ve moved from Tampa to Columbus and Columbus to Midland, Michigan. The running joke is that I just keep moving more north as I grow older. Living in Michigan has truly been a new experience for me. I accepted my internship with Dow Chemical without letting location be a major decision making factor. With that being said, I didn’t really have any strong expectations for what it would be like to live in Michigan this summer.
One of the coolest things about an internship is it allows you to test out a company or organization for a handful of weeks before you make any decisions. Internships also allow you to live in a whole new place for a couple of months. Internships are a great time to explore nearby cities and attractions and to spend your free time going somewhere new. I’ve learned that working 40 hours during the week and having the weekends to do whatever I wish makes it easy to travel and go to new places. Not having to worry about work or school on the weekends and having the free time has allowed me to go to a few different places in Michigan this summer.
Over the course of the summer, I’ve travelled to a handful of different places in Michigan. I’ve been “Up North” a few times and have gone to Detroit twice. I’ve been to tourist destinations such as Mackinac Island as well as up to the lakes up north just to relax. If I could go back and do my internship again, I would travel to even more to places like Chicago, Cedar Point, the Upper Peninsula, and maybe even Canada. A summer internship really is an opportunity to live in a new place and explore new places before you go back to school where that isn’t always an option. While location doesn’t need to be a major decision factor when choosing an internship, I would encourage you to make the most of the location of your internship by exploring and travelling. Internships really are a great time to learn about your profession or career as well as to see and do new things.