I got some good news late last week. I interviewed for an internship at a prestigious magnetic hard drive company. I thought this interview was a total long shot and I barely gave any thought to the logistics. The reason I interviewed at all was because since I am in an applied physics Ph.D. program, we are required to complete an internship with a private company. Some students have really taken advantage of this system and taken unique opportunities all over the country and overseas. Others have simply "phoned it in" by spending a couple weeks working for the "companies" that some departmental professors own for intellectual property reasons. These companies may or may not physically even exist, but the requirements for the internship are QUITE loose. Frankly, I was planning on phoning it in. Dean talked me in to going for a position, specifically at this company. And seemingly against all odds, I got the internship!
The details: I will spend three months working for this company, located in Minneapolis. They don't advertise these positions because they won't pay for relocation. They usually only take local applicants, but for me there was an exception because technically they won't need to relocate me. I'll be staying with family, though I haven't figured out whom or for how long. I don't expect one person to put me up for three months so most likely I will be a vagabond wandering from one welcome home to another. Good thing I have a big family.
I'm so excited for this opportunity. An internship from this company will look awesome on my resume, no matter where I want to work. And if Dean and I decide to try being Minnesotans again, I will have a legitimate shot at getting a position there (provided my new boss likes me...). I get to spend the summer in my hometown with family, friends, the lakes, the parks, the pleasant weather (compared to Florida's summer) and of course the Twins.
Of course, I wrote "nothing changes for you" as my readers because I will try to continue posting as much as possible. Though it may be crazy at first. I'm not leaving though for another six weeks.
Afterwards, I am really in the home stretch. Most likely less than a year before graduation, then Dr. Magnetbabe. It's going to be terribly tough being away from Deano and the kitties. But he is going up to Minnesota for 5 days in June and I'm sure I'll get down to Tampa another time. In the meantime it's not like I'll be bored!