Approaching the end an hour-long interview wearing a painful, yet adorable, black pair of Michael Kors pumps, I thought “This is it…I bet it will be just a few days before I get a job offer.” Then, I heard...
“Well, it was really wonderful meeting you and we’re glad we brought you in. Unfortunately, the position you applied for just got filled this morning. However, you’ll definitely be considered if a similar opportunity becomes available.”
The only words I could again fathom in response were “I understand.”
Wobbling onto Michigan Avenue with a pierced frown, drooped back, and portfolio in hand, my perfectly done cat eyes for the interview looked to my phone. To my surprise, I discovered a voice message. A woman called about an internship that I applied for about two weeks prior.
I was dumfounded. Of all the jobs, this was the least expected. It was for an unpaid Marketing and PR internship at an industry nonprofit called the U.S. Green Building Council. At first I thought it was not worth the time. However, my gumption thought differently. I wanted to work. I wanted to stay in the architecture and design world. I took the interview. It was the best decision.
Throughout the course of a year, I uncovered a new passion. As I worked alongside my daily Starbucks latte, I once again had an incredibly organized desk. However, its size couldn’t have been much larger than my desk from third grade while the office was about the size of my studio apartment. Nevertheless, I loved it. I learned about email marketing, wrote articles, did graphic design, plus much more.
Although my internship was unpaid and not the typical position for a college graduate with an interior design degree, it was what I needed. Let’s just say the desk from my internship also said...
“I made it.”