Non-Traditional Internships, Remote Internships, Working Remotely, Career Building, Work-life Balance, Time Management
CAREER / 14 December 2016
Working in your PJ's: Benefits of a Remote Internship
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Crystal Lee

A lot of companies offer remote internships to spread their reach around the world, and it’s pretty easy to see why. After all, they’re convenient, save office space, and broaden their applicant pool in ways that in-office jobs simply can’t. But the benefits aren’t just for the employers. If anything, it’s the interns themselves who actually get the stacked end of the bargain, and here’s why.

Stay at home, slay at home:

As you might have guessed from the title, one of the biggest pros of a remote internship is the ability to work in the comfort of your own home. Don’t feel like interacting with other humans? Whip up an email. Don’t feel like getting dressed? Type it in your PJs. Getting hungry on the job? Send it while cooking in your PJs. It’s a particularly appealing option for those tossing up between spending time with their families and devoting time to a job as well. As for students trying to balance school and work; I mean, why not do both?

In terms of job perks, remote internships come with a ton of pluses of their own. You get privacy, as much workspace as you need, and a familiar environment where you can control everything from background noise to temperature. Break time is entirely up to you, as is snack time, and you’ll never have to worry about slow office Wi-Fi or the company’s AC standing more for Arctic Climates than anything else.

No more driving your money away:        

One of the best things about working from home is the lack of commute, and a lack of commute means you get to save time and money that would otherwise go into your transportation costs. Spending money on gas for your car, taxi fares, or bus and train tickets can add up to a lot over time, so the amount you save is actually pretty significant. Also, no more traffic. You’re welcome.        

And don’t even get me started on living costs. If you’re fortunate enough to get a job close to home, you might be able to dodge this bullet, but if not, you’re stuck paying quite a sum for renting a place to stay while you work. The total sum of living expenses and travel costs generally isn’t very pretty, so I’d definitely suggest finding yourself a remote internship if you’re on a tight budget (or just sensibly frugal).

Time is in your hands:

For those of us with erratic sleep schedules and unpredictable productivity periods, the flexible work times are a blessing. Since you’re not walking into a physical building at the start of each day, there isn’t any “clock in” or “clock out” system. You get online and do your work, and as long as you get it done by the set deadline, you’re good to go. 

That means you can wake up at 1 pm, do some work in the afternoon, binge-watch Game of Thrones for a bit (as your reward for being productive), and then do some more work during your 2 am creativity high. Just make sure you’re there for any web-meetings or conference calls and that you’re available to contact should your virtual coworkers need you during the day.

Right on schedule:

If you’re considering a remote internship on top of school or another job, you’ll be happy to hear that balancing your schedule will be easy. Remote internships are innately time-flexible, so you can work on your internship assignments when you’re not busy with other things. During the school year, you can plan to do the majority of your work after classes end or as part of your allocated time for assignments. If you already have a full or part-time job, you can easily get to it after your normal work hours. In most cases, you’re probably available primarily at night or on the weekends. With a remote internship, that’s not a problem!

Oh, the places you can go:        

Now whoever said you actually had to stay home? The key concept of a remote internship is that you can do your work remotely from anywhere with an internet connection. So if you’re torn between getting a job and exploring the world, consider this your lucky day. As long as you have Wi-Fi and access to a computer, all that’s left to say is ‘Bon Voyage’. 

Of course, if you do decide to travel, you should also tell your company where you’re going and for how long so they can account for the change in time zones. It’s also a good idea to make sure they can contact you when necessary (might want to give them the phone number of the hotel you’ll be staying at). Once that’s all taken care of, you’re good to go. Have a nice trip!

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