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9 Tips to Balance Your Internship and Class Schedule

Written by Angela Finding

Making time for class and your internship can be a tricky situation, considering 70 percent of college students work while attending school. However, by following some basic organizational practices, you’ll have no problem keeping everything in check.

  1. Make an Hour by Hour Schedule

During the semester, most interns work 15-20 hours a week. Keep on top of your class and work schedule by making a basic, but thorough, itinerary of your day. By breaking the day down hour by hour, you don’t have to worry about losing track of time.

  1. Know When Big Projects Are Due

Whether it’s for school or your internship, always be on top of big deadlines. Remind yourself every day when something is due, write important dates on Post-It notes, set your phone alarm, whatever helps you remember the important dates.

  1. Regularly Update Your Calendar

When you’re busy with work and school it’s easy to forget what day it is. Add all events into your organizer or mobile device, even if the event seems insignificant at the time.

  1. Work Out a Code System

To prioritize and categorize events, work out a simple coding system so you can figure out what you need to do with a single glance. You can make different designations for work, school, deadlines approaching, and leisure activities to keep everything organized and clear.

  1. Don’t Be Afraid to Move Things Around

Although a schedule is important, don’t be afraid to move things around if you must. You never know what the day will bring so be ready and willing to improvise with as little stress as possible.

  1. Be Aware of Your Classes

Depending on your field of study, your class times could vary with lab hours, study groups, or require you to complete assignments at irregular times. Be sure to be aware of your class updates by keeping up with your syllabus and having a contact in every class.

  1. Learn to Study and Work

Once you’ve gotten more accustomed to your internship, figure out if you’re allowed to study or do homework during work hours. Some internships can have a lot of down time and there’s no reason you can’t kill two birds with one stone and finish some assignments.

  1. Remember Self Care

In between work, school, and a social life, be careful not to get too exhausted. Set some time aside every week to wind down, decompress, and do something you like to do. A little relaxation during the week will help you avoid becoming overworked and it’ll pay off in the long run.

  1. Acknowledge When It’s Time to Stop

By balancing work and an internship, you may think you can’t take a break in order to get everything done. Whether you’re working longer hours or cramming for an exam, realize when to take a break and start fresh the next day.

A little organization and awareness will put you on to the path for a healthy work, school, and life balance.

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