11 Thoughts You Have During Your First Internship February 16, 2016 in Inside The Envelope Flashbacks to the young, anxious, and coffee-filled days of our first internships, in honor of The Intern, available now.1. YES. After all the applications and interviews, you finally landed an internship! 2. Of course, the pay is mostly in the form of "experience," which doesn't quite cover the bills. 3. But this is the stepping stone to your dream career, so you persevere. 4. You try desperately to look like the qualified candidate that your boss definitely won't regret hiring. 5. How are real adults supposed to dress for work? Looks like your first paycheck is going toward a more professional wardrobe. 6. "ROI," "B2B," "KPI" - you haven't learned this much new lingo since you studied for the SAT. 7. Omg, they just asked you for opinion during the meeting you're usually a silent observer in. 8. Apparently, whatever babble exited your mouth was smart enough/adult enough/knowledgable enough. Your boss gave you an approving nod. 9. You grow accustomed to being a functioning, productive, working adult. The learning curve is tough at times, but you're no pansy. 10. The programs you struggled to learn have become part of your fingers' muscle memory. You're playing your keyboard like a spreadsheet piano. Pivot tables ain't no thang. 11. Whoa, it's almost the end of your internship. You dare to believe that maybe, just maybe, you gained a lot of valuable experience and contributed enough to earn a glowing letter of recommendation. Glad to do be done with the intern phase of your life? Robert De Niro is a 70-year-old newbie in The Intern. Rent it now.