9 killer reasons to intern in New York City

1. It’s the financial center of the world

NYC is home to the global financial powerhouse, Wall Street. The city’s remarkable financial district boasts two major stock market exchanges, the NASDAQ and the New York Stock Exchange, which just so happens to be the biggest exchange in the world.


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2. It’s a competitive city in every industry

JPMorgan Chase, NBC, Conde Nast… there’s no limit to the highly professional and competitive workplaces that call New York City their home. Though the city fosters a highly demanding work environment, interns in New York City will leave their internships having survived the city and ready for anything.


3. The networking opportunities

Working at a firm in New York City will give you the chance to develop projects alongside established successful professionals in your field. These working relationships are great for when you need a job recommendation or are looking for some career advice in the future.


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4. It’s diverse

In New York you can meet people from anywhere in the world, travelers and immigrants alike. The city is famous for its colorful immigrant communities, which add to the city’s vibrant energy and cultural diversity. Whether in Chinatown or Little Brazil, these ethnic enclaves are part of what make New York City great.


5. So much entertainment

New York City is one of the global capitals of live entertainment. From the world’s best theater on Broadway, to jazz and cabaret performances and acclaimed live comedy shows, there’s a little something for everyone in New York City.


6. The culture

With numerous internationally-acclaimed art museums, an intern in New York City could spend weeks just looking at all the amazing art New York City has to offer. Moreover, some of the world’s greatest musicians, comedians, actors, authors, poets, among others, call New York City their home. Living within this culture of creativity is infectious and makes for an unforgettable life experience.


7. The people

Just walking down the street in New York City makes you fall in love with its eccentric and expressive inhabitants. Full of aspiring artists, entrepreneurs, musicians, academics, not to mention immigrants from all over the world, New York City’s soul comes from its people. If you have any doubt about the cool individuals living in NYC, Humans of New York can help you out.


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8. The city never sleeps

New York City keeps different hours than most places in the world. It’s famous for offering just about anything at all hours of the day. There’s no such thing as “too late” or “too early” in the New York.


9. The inspiration

Everyone who comes to New York City has dreams and aspirations. Being in close proximity to people so motivated by their life goals is contagious. It will make you work harder and push yourself to get closer to achieving your dream. What environment could be better for a young person looking to boost their career?



Sources: Thought Catalog, Buzzfeed, Wikipedia

Photo 1. based on Wall Street, by Sue Waters, CC-by-S.A. 2.0

Photo 2. based on red dragon head, by Ed Schipul, CC-by-S.A. 2.0

Photo 3. based on Downtown Manhattan, NYC, by, CC-by-2.0


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Elizabeth Trovall

After short stints in Argentina and Belize, Elizabeth is finishing up her fourth year in Santiago, Chile. Elizabeth writes about international internships, life abroad and professional development for The Intern Group. She also reports on politics, business and culture in Latin America for public radio and print media. An Austin, Texas native, Elizabeth first left home to earn her journalism degree from the Reynolds Institute of Journalism at the University of Missouri. Besides her friends and family, she misses live music and Mexican food the most.
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