My last summer as an undergraduate is just about a month away, and I am excited to take advantage of this free time to further my personal and career goals. In this blog post, I will be detailing my summer plans, as I want to keep myself accountable for everything I want to accomplish over the course of three months. My hope is that by the end of August I will be able to reflect on my achievements before entering my final year at Carolina.
I am thrilled to announce that I will be a copywriting intern for JetBlue Airways this summer! I will be moving to Manhattan for 10 weeks, working full-time and living on my own for the first time in my life. If you already know me or have been following my blog closely throughout the semester, you would know that one of my greatest passions is travel. What better opportunity is there for me to combine my interests together than working for an airline?
I began the interview process for this position back in November, and it wasn’t until the end of January when I got an official offer. During the span of a couple months, I had the chance to learn more about JetBlue’s brand and the company culture. I immediately accepted the offer because I wanted to be a part of a company that prioritizes fun and passion. JetBlue’s mission, “Inspiration starts here,” proves that this is an innovative and inspiring workplace. JetBlue is constantly coming up with initiatives to foster creative solutions and give back to the community.
I will be living in an NYU-affiliated apartment called Alumni Hall. Located in East Village, this is exactly where I want to be, as I will be able to meet other twentysomethings working in the city. East Village also has amazing restaurants, nightlife, and events going on in the summertime. It’s been my lifelong dream to live like a New York local, learning about the best coffee shops and hidden gems throughout the city. I know that a ton of friends and family are planning on visiting me at some point in the summer, so I want to be well-equipped to show them around.
Another goal of mine while I’m in New York is to network with as many professionals as possible. There are thousands of Carolina alum who work in the city, so I hope to connect with these individuals to gain new insights about the advertising industry.
And by working for an airline, I will be able to redeem free travel benefits. While I want to see New York as much as possible, I hope to fly to cities I’ve never been to and explore other parts of the country on weekends.
I know that this summer will fly by, and I want to cherish every single experience. Above all, I want to learn more about myself, gain a greater sense of clarity for my postgraduate plans, and savor the last bits of fun and freedom as a college student.