Nothing worth having comes easy

The less glamorous side of interning, as told by

The UWM Ad Club meeting last week Wednesday went very well! I was able to offer some advice to a student hoping to be a copywriter, answered questions on the panel relating to my job and how I got it, and as I’m sure you all can guess, I wasn’t afraid to be honest. Well, somewhat honest, anyway.

I was a little taken aback when one student described how she had a corporate internship and was now seeking an agency one, which I think is a great idea. Everyone should have two internships, one on each side. But she continued to say that an internship she recently interviewed for was only going to pay $8 an hour, and she was seriously considering not taking the internship for that reason.

I was floored. At that moment, I wanted to be especially honest and tell her to stop being unreasonable, but I held back. Instead, I reminded her that sacrifices are necessary. And $8 an hour is by no means even a sacrifice. Be glad it’s paid! If the internship will help you advance and build your portfolio, take it. I told the story about how for my unpaid internship, I had to move back into my parents’ basement, but you can read my last post for that.

Oh, and I should note that the professor who leads Ad Club called me out on being especially cranky about having to move home. Well, it’s true. But I did it, and I’d do it again.

Making that sacrifice to move home and take the unpaid internship is just one example of a sacrifice I’ve made for my career. But that makes me wonder – what other sacrifices have people needed to make to become successful? Please comment below if you have an experience you’d be willing to share.

April 19, 2011 · Posted by in misc  


2 Responses to “Nothing worth having comes easy”

  1. Matt Janzen on April 19th, 2011 8:21 pm

    When I first arrived at UW-Milwaukee, I knew I wanted to be involved in advertising. Also, I love sports, so I went to the sports marketing department and asked if there were any positions available. They told me that they already had enough staff for the semester, but they were looking for a guy to throw out T-shirts… Of course it was unpaid, but they said I could get a bunch of free gear (pretty much everything they already gave away at games).

    I went to every Men’s basketball game that season and tossed T’s like Ron Artest. Needless to say, the next year they were looking for help and I was the first one hired on. All because I showed them I can be reliable and work hard, even if I wasn’t getting paid.

  2. Pete Prodoehl on April 20th, 2011 9:45 am

    I think it’s safe to say work, or really, life in general, is all about making sacrifices. I’m hoping someday they actually pay off.