What Are the Odds?

The best thing has happened. I accepted an offer for an internship with a major gaming studio for the summer of 2020, and will be working on a product management team. This is exciting for a multitude of reasons. I’ll name names and share more specifics once it all begins in late May.

First, it is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn from industry experts in a super fun and friendly working environment. Second, it is a foot in the door to prove my worth and absorb as much as possible in my short time there. Hopefully, that means I can land a permanent position after the 12-week program is over. Lastly, even though it’s “only an internship”, this company provides fair pay, covers transportation costs AND housing, and puts together bunches of fun events for interns to build positive relationships with other interns, employees, and senior staff. And here I was, ready to work for free and trying to figure out how I would afford to pay for life during that 12-week term… derp. The craziest part is it didn’t really start to all sink in until many hours after signing the offer, as I was reading more about the program. Let me explain.

In the previous year, there were over 24,000 applicants and only 93 were accepted as interns. That’s less than a 0.4% acceptance rate. I’m sure my eyes bugged out of my head for a second when I read those odds. Though I don’t know what the statistics were for this year, it’s still extremely empowering.

Another aspect of this process that caught me completely off guard was the response I got to the question, “How did I stand out as a candidate?”. I was told it was my honest cover letter. I talk about my change in direction, highlight my tenacity in this major shift, and talk about how I’m looking forward to continuing progress in the industry. One interviewer mentioned my cover letter resonated with her personally because of her own journey. She started in pre-law and left to work in the video game industry for many years before landing a gig with this studio. Now THAT’s a transition! It was nice to hear that my cover letter was actually read in the first place, but also that it did a good job connecting to my target audience.

Now comes the waiting game for the next 83 days… It will feel like an absolute eternity, but I’ll do my best to stay occupied with coursework and learning valuable skills that will help me perform this summer.

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