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    The Timeline Of An Unpaid Internship

    Is it over yet?

    Landed the internship! SCORE!

    Day 0: Can't wait to start and gain valuable experience. This could turn into a real job!

    Day 1: Picking up coffee is AWESOME!

    Day 2: You're evidently special enough to copy important documents! Can't help but smile.

    Day 4: "I would be DELIGHTED to transfer you!"

    Day 8: Getting coffee sucks.

    Day 11: Fuck this copy machine.

    Day 13: "Yeah...hold on, please....ugh."


    Day 21: No one has acknowledged or spoken to you but your boss.

    Day 25: Order the $4 side of vegetables at dinner with friends.

    Day 25: Attempt to recede into the background while they excitedly discuss their real jobs.

    Day 28: Realize that rent is due soon.

    Day 29: Consider getting into the organ trade.

    Day 30: Settle for a weekend job instead.

    Day 34: Skip bar night with friends in favor of alone time with Charles Shaw.

    Day 34:

    Day 37: Decide you don't believe in hierarchy.

    Day 41: Realize that you're violently ill but don't have health insurance.

    Day 42: Resort to dubious home remedies.

    Day 42:

    Day 45: Awkwardly phone your parents to ask for money.

    Day 49: Write passive aggressive e-mails to your coworkers, but leave them in your "Drafts" folder.

    Day 52: Continue to subsist entirely on Hamburger Helper.

    Day 57: Feel empty and misled.

    Day 61: Forge onward...

    Day 67: Realize that the end is near.

    Day 70: Things are looking up!

    Day 73: Free food in the office today!

    Day 78: Coworkers said hello to you in the elevator!

    Day 83: Your boss stood up for you!

    Day 89: He nearly even shed a tear upon your departure.

    Day 90: IT IS DONE!!!

    Now, onto the job search...

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