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What Is the Best Use of Your Internship Housing Stipend?

By Lindsay Childers

5 min read time

Sometimes the best internships aren’t at a company that is local, but that’s okay! Find out how to make the most of your internship housing stipend.

For college students, working a summer internship is a big “leg up” when it comes to getting a good job offer after graduation.

More than 60% of college graduates have completed at least one internship. And that number increases to 80-90% if you’re going into a field like finance, law, or tech. Once those internships are completed, at least 70% of interns receive full-time job offers.  Internships.com

With numbers like that, it makes sense to spend your summer break working an internship. And there’s a good chance that the best opportunities are not going to be in your backyard.

But don’t let that keep you from following your dream. Many companies offer housing, or at least a housing stipend, to their interns that aren’t local.

Even with a housing stipend, internship housing will likely be the most expensive part of your working summer. It can also be stressful to get everything set up in another city while you’re trying to wrap up your semester at school.

You could choose to search for an apartment online then rent it blind before ever seeing it in person. I hope those photos on their website are from this decade, yikes! Then you have to set up the utilities, rent/buy furniture, and pay the bills all on your own.  

Or you could work with a corporate housing company like ExecuStay Midwest. We can provide a fully furnished apartment for your internship housing. Best of all—we’ll do all the scouting, setting up, and bill paying for you.

Not only will your apartment feel like your home away from home, but there are also so many ways furnished apartments will help you get the most out of your housing stipend.

Privacy and Safety of Your Own Apartment

You may think that a hotel is an easy solution for short-term internship housing, and you’re right. It is easy. However, with slightly more effort, you can have an infinitely more comfortable experience.

For one thing, you will have your very own private entrance, so no need to schlep through crowded lobbies to check in at a front desk. We’ll provide arrival instructions prior to move-in, so all you have to do is roll up to your new apartment and walk through the front door. 

ES-Blog-Interns-Gated-CommunityMany of our apartment communities are gated adding added safety and peace of mind.

You will also have your own private wifi. Each of our apartments comes with internet (and cable if you choose) so you and your data can feel secure. 

Also, enjoy a distraction-free workspace in your apartment—no interruptions. Sit comfortably at your dining room table, or request a desk and chair if you prefer a dedicated place to work. 

We are at your service throughout your stay, so be sure to ask questions or voice concerns at any time.

Food Prep at Home

Having healthy snacks at work will help you be more productive, but according to a study published in USA Today, only about 16% of employers provide this perk. Not to worry though!

In your corporate apartment, you will have a full-size kitchen with full-size appliances. That means you have plenty of room to keep food on hand and prepare your snacks at home.

You’ll also be able to cook to your heart’s content. On a new diet and don’t want to spoil it? No worries! Save your health—and your wallet—and enjoy home cooking!

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No Bills, No Backache!

During your internship, your focus should be on doing a great job so you can get that full-time offer. 

By using a furnished corporate apartment for your internship housing, you can focus more on your work and less on things like paying bills. We’ll do all the set-up—that includes waiting for the cable guy to show up *eye roll*—and we’ll pay all the bills. That leaves you with just one monthly invoice covering everything associated with your internship housing.

You don’t even have to move furniture. We’ll move it all in and set it up. You will have everything from silverware to artwork, and we can even customize your furniture package to meet your budget.

Take a Break – Leave Your Things

Another nice perk of staying in an apartment rather than a hotel is the ability to go home for the weekend or take an impromptu road trip. 

If you’re using a hotel for your internship housing, you have to take everything with you. But not so with a corporate apartment. You can easily take off for a fun weekend, leaving all of your things securely in your apartment.

24-Hour Customer Care

What happens if something goes wrong in the middle of the night? What if you get locked out of your apartment? Fret not – we are here for you! 

Feel safe knowing we offer 24-hour customer care to all of our guests. We act as the liaison between you and your apartment community. That means we stay on top of your concerns to make sure your issues get resolved quickly. 

Community Amenities

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You may have chosen an apartment over a hotel for your internship housing, but that doesn’t mean you have to give up the amenities. Kick back, relax and enjoy the perks of living at one of our properties. 

Many have resort-style pools or state-of-the-art fitness centers. You’ll also find amenities like dry cleaning service, fitness classes, resident events, and business centers. 

We have high standards for the apartment communities we work with. You can feel comfortable booking, knowing that your apartment will always be in a safe location and well-maintained. 

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Location, Location, Location

We specialize in finding that perfect location for you. We will work to find an apartment that is in your preferred area. Maybe you need options within walking distance to your office or to public transportation—we can help! 

Or maybe you will have a vehicle and can be more flexible with the location. In this situation, we can help find an apartment that is still not too far from work but has all the amenities you want. 

When you work with a corporate housing specialist for your internship housing, you are working with an expert. We are familiar with the neighborhoods and apartment communities in the city, and we can help you find just the right fit.

Let’s Get Started

If you are making plans for your internship and it’s taking you outside of your local area, contact us! We’ll walk you through the process and help you find the perfect home away from home for your internship housing.

So get out there! Make your mark! Then rest your head at night knowing you are taken care of.

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Tags: Corporate Housing, furnished apartments, Tips & Tricks, Interns, Intern Housing

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