Why Interning in New Places is Important


Why Interning in New Places is Important

As someone who has spent their entire life before college living in New York, I have found that pursuing internships thousands of miles away is very beneficial. Before traveling to both Los Angeles and Miami for two separate internships, I had never experienced any other culture for an extended period of time. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but the amount I learned from being exposed to very different cultures constantly is substantial.

I think it’s important for everyone to be familiar with cultures beyond their own. For game developers, however, I think that point becomes even more important. Furthermore, I believe that people become more open to learning when they are put in environments that they are not comfortable with. When I traveled to Los Angeles to work for Disney, not only was it my first time in the city, but really my first time anywhere on the west coast. This made me really open myself up to the new settings, the new time zone and really the new everything. Los Angeles is a very diverse city and it forced me to adapt to news ways that I was not use to. This experience carried over into my work as well, since I became more verse with changing my normal pipeline to compliment those around me better.

It's easy for most to look for internships around their college or hometown. This is great in terms of trying to save some money and not having to adapt to the new living conditions and all that. However, I think that having to adapt to these new conditions adds a lot to the overall internship experience. Even when I traveled to Miami for 12 weeks, I was still on the east coast, but having that distance between myself and everything I’ve ever known really made myself open up to all of the new and exciting experiences around me.

With all of that being said, I hope that people don’t decline opportunity just because of the anxiety of traveling to somewhere new. It may be a bit frightening at first, but it’s an experience that can shape a lifetime.