Please know that anxiety and stress are a normal and understandable response to preparing for the program. The amount of information you are continually given can be overwhelming and hard to sift through. Though it is hard to trust, things will fall into place. Here are a few suggestions to help you through.
- Read e-mails, take notes, and and then reread the e-mail later. It's is a lot to take in at once.
- Make a timeline for yourself. This will help keep you on track as well as remind you that you don't need to panic. Remember that most interns are placed only one or two months ahead of time, and sometimes only weeks in advance. A number of students are not even interviewed until the arrive in Los Angeles. This is normal. SO, in your timeline be reasonable with when you expect to be placed.
- Don't be concerned if you don't hear back or are not hired immediately. These things take time. And while it is true that some positions are competitive, this doesn't mean that you will not be placed. Do not "settle" for an internship that won't interest you, but at the same time consider broadening your scope if it is overly specific. Focusing all of your attention on one company, for example, may lead to disappointment and a missed opportunity at a different but great placement.
- Frequently return to this FAQs page, as different things will be relevant to you as you work through this process. We tend to skip over things when they don't apply to us, but those details will become useful later.
- Don't panic. If need be, contact your internship coordinator or book an appointment with FMA Study Away. We also suggest contacting peer advisors who are alums of the program. Coming from a wide variety of majors, they can be invaluable resources when it comes to questions regarding your specific interests.