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There is a special kind of overheating that one experiences in July in midtown Manhattan at the end of the working day, when all around you New Yorkers are hurrying to the subway or bars to mark the sense of freedom that I have come to associate with 6pm. It’s something I had never considered before this summer, and every time I experience it I get a strange sense of amusement that I am here, witnessing this daily parade of sweaty, well-dressed adults.
As a rising Junior at New York University Abu Dhabi (that’s a special little NYU campus in the United Arab Emirates for those who haven’t heard of it), I am spending the summer interning with a social enterprise in New York. Global Goods Partners aims to empower female artisans in poor communities by providing a marketplace for their products. They pay a fair wage, and as a non-profit ensure that as much money goes back into the community as possible to provide necessities such as education and health care. And my job? Well I’m a marketing intern, focusing particularly on the social media side.
Interning has been inspiring and exhausting in equal measures. As a student, albeit one who is usually busy with about four projects at once, I usually have far more control over my time and the 9-5 came as a real shock to the system. That, coupled with my hour commute twice a day, means that I feel a frustration that I can only associate with being in an office in Manhattan all day. Being in New York this summer is amazing, being inside a building on W 30th street where the only window faces a wall, not so much.
It’s not all despair and dissatisfaction though! In true intern fashion I have learning a lot in so many areas: from non-profit lingo to the best practises for Pinterest, and met some really interesting people along the way. And outside the office? Well I’ve been making the most of being a temporary New-Yorker, in true tourist fashion.
Attending the Pride March on Fifth Avenue just days after the marriage equality act passed was a day I will never forget, as the sense of joy and love in the city was all consuming. Other highlights include seeing Wicked on Broadway, and of course enjoying all the museums that line Central Park (yes I did sit on the steps of the Met, because who doesn’t want to feel like Blair Waldorf?). Weekly bottomless brunches and walks along the highline, my all time favourite spot in NYC, have made me fall in love with this lifestyle, a shame since there’s only a few weeks left. Luckily future plans include taking a trip up to Niagara Falls and a cheeky visit to Costa Rica on the way home – my first jaunt into Central America – so I’m not too sad at the prospect of leaving. You’ll have to keep your eyes on my blog to see read about those adventures!