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How to Manage School and Internships

Friday, May 16, 2014


Many students enroll in school while they complete an internship. They do not have the luxury of a summer internship that allows them to focus solely on learning a new job. For this reason, it is important to understand how to properly manage both of these responsibilities. After all, success in both school and an internship are crucial to your future. Fortunately, the following tips can help you to manage both responsibilities.

Understand Your Priorities

It is particularly important to understand your priorities during this busy time in your life. Since you will have less time to fit everything in, you need to know what matters most. Although you probably want to give your best effort to both school and your internship, this might not be possible. Therefore, it is best to pick one area that you care about more. This does not mean that if you want to prioritize your internship that you are going to skip classes. Instead, it might mean that you will have less time to study.

Your School Schedule Matters

Although you are completing an internship, your classes still matters. Therefore, it is important to tell the company you are interning with when you need to attend school. In fact, this should be a high priority. A company will respect your desire to get good grades and finish school. After all, your education adds value to the workforce.

Take Time to Relax

When you are working and going to school, it might be difficult to find any time for yourself. For this reason, it is wise to find time to relax. If you need to schedule this time, do it. Your body cannot function properly if it continually works nonstop. One way to help you relax is to take a power nap in between classes. Another suggestion is to watch one of your favorite TV shows before you sit down to study. These activities allow your mind to take a break, so you can perform your work and school tasks better.

Get Help With Tasks

Since you are working and going to school, finding time for errands might be impossible. For this reason, many people find help for basic tasks such as grocery shopping, laundry, and cleaning. You can pay someone to help you with these basic tasks, and you can also consider asking a friend or significant other for help. Either way, it alleviates the burden involved with doing it on your own. Remember, there are many people that are probably willing to help you out.

Ask to Work Remotely

To help save you time, there is always the option of working remotely. If you are attending school, the company you are interning with might approve this on a few days to help you get everything done. This might be beneficial if a project or meeting comes up for school that requires you to stay at school. Remember, asking to work remotely is a lot better than not coming to work at all. It shows that you care about your job.

Managing work and school can be stressful. However, with these suggestions, anyone can balance both an internship and school and find success in both areas.



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