Must-Haves for Collegiate Interns

After day 4 on the job, I’ve come up with a brief list of must-haves for any collegiate intern. Specifically, these must-haves are all tote-friend to make your internship experience a tiny bit easier.

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1. A Day-to-Day Planner/Notebook:

My planner is my best friend. Seriously. I can keep track of assignments, hours, miscellaneous notes (email addresses, etc.), and anything else I need throughout each day or each week. My favorite is this Lilly Pulitzer Agenda. It comes complete with tabs, sections for notes and contacts, a hardcover, and an elastic bookmark.

2. Laptop:

I know, I know, lugging around your laptop can be a pain. But your boss will appreciate that you can bring it to meetings, in addition to the fact that it makes your work space portable. Since the computers in this office tend to be a tad temperamental, I can’t even express to you how much easier it has made my life to have my Macbook around when I need the internet. If you’re worried about scratches or damage from traveling, pick up one of these durable and inexpensive covers or cases!

3. Lip Stain:

After a long day at the office, lip stick comes off after eating, talking, sweating, and licking envelopes. The same goes for lip gloss, and we all know we could do without the stickiness. But I will absolutely swear by Tarte’s Lipsurgence Lip Tint and Fresh’s Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment (with SPF 15). Personally, I prefer the Tarte stain in Joy, and the Sugar tint in Sugar Rosé. They’re long-lasting, moisturizing, and the colors are perfect for the summer!

4. Comfortable, Stylish Flats:

Now when I say flats, I don’t necessarily mean flats. I just mean any kind of everyday shoe you can wear without pain or blisters. Personally, I’m a big fan of J.Crew’s ballet flats (you can find them in a beautiful turquoise on sale here). Or if you’re looking for something a little less pricey, try these fabulous DV knockoffs from Target. They come in four fabulous colors for a fraction of the price. I purchased two pairs last week, in mint and black, and I’m in love. My best recommendation for convenience and style? Cityslips. They’re foldable, adorable, affordable, and the case turns into a tote.

5. Hand Sanitizer

It sounds silly, but think about how many surfaces you touch throughout the day. Especially as an intern who’s responsible for delivering paperwork, making copies, answering phones, organizing closets, what have you, it’s reassuring to know that you’re avoiding all the bacteria that comes with it. Not to mention that during the colder months, you’re much less likely to contract that cold going around the office. Pick up a couple of these Bath & Body Works PocketBacs. They’re transportation-friendly, available in dozens of scents, and constantly on a “5 for $5” sale.

If you have any questions, recommendations for additions to the list, or simply any comments, feel free to share!

I’ll be posting the list of DOs and DO NOTs later this week. Until then…

Published by Julie Bogen

CT --> NYC --> Washington, DC. Audience Engagement at The Atlantic, formerly at & R29.

2 thoughts on “Must-Haves for Collegiate Interns

  1. Good to know! In response to day-by-day planners — Filofaxes are the best! A little on the pricey side, but they last so long. I have a blue Finsbury!

    I would add to this list: a highlighter, a reporter’s notebook and an AP Stylebook! Although that’s more specific to journalism interns~

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