For some, internships lead to full-time work


Internships are often coveted in college. But for some, like Bard College at Simon's Rock alumnus Jeff Landale, they can trickle into the post-grad life as well.

In 2011, Landale did telecommuting work for Access, a Brooklyn-based company that focuses on political and civic rights in the digital age.

Landale graduated in May 2012 and couldn't find a job to go with his degree in political science, he said.

"It's awful," he recalled. "I looked around in Boston for stuff. I was lucky to have worked at a Whole Foods store before, so I went back there to work."

Landale worked at a Whole Foods Market part-time and saved up money until Nov ember, when he went back to work for Access.

This time, instead of telecommuting, he actually moved to Brooklyn.

"I worked really hard," Landale said. "I tried to take on whatever tasks they threw my way. It's a small office. There's only 10 or 15 people at any given time."

Landale received monthly stipends as a policy intern until he was promoted to junior policy analyst in January.

And it all started with that internship during the summer of 2011.

"Try to work toward building up your skills and confidence, even if it's not in the field you want to end up in," Landale said. "One of the things I've learned by working in an office is how to work in an office."

And when you can't find a job, Landale advises to just take a hike -- literally. His dream is to walk on foot from Boston to Portland, Maine.

"It's a confidence builder," Landale said. "I think the only way to see the world is to do it on foot."


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