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Spend Your Summer Living & Interning in Boston

December 13, 2011 is working with Northeastern University’s Summer Intern Housing program to help students live in an amazing city while completing their summer internships.

By Synthia Salas

Live and intern in Boston this summer. The idea is not as far-fetched as you might think, especially if you start planning and budgeting now. The advantage of summer internships (aside from gaining professional work experience and the chance to network with people in the industry you might want to work in one day) is they are short-term commitments. Take advantage of that and consider heading to another city for your summer internship.

First things, first: start searching and applying to internships in Boston. Paid, non-profit, full- or part-time – it’s up to you. Don’t forget to save your search so you can receive alerts when new internships are posted.

We Already Found You A Place To Live.

Northeastern University reserves housing specifically for interns coming to Boston for the summer.

“Boston is smaller and more manageable than New York City, which makes it easier to learn your way around quickly.”

It’s the perfect option if you are wary about heading off to a strange city for 8-12 weeks with no knowledge of the City or any of the surrounding neighborhoods. Northeastern’s Intern Housing is familiar and comfortable because 1. Each building entry is card access controlled and has a front desk staffed 24 hours a day and  2. Your neighbors will all be fellow interns who are going through the same experience – discovering a new career, city and potentially a new residence post-graduation.

Of course, Northeastern is also convenient – immediate access to public transportation makes it super easy to jump on the subway and get around the city and you wouldn’t need to deal with necessities like setting up and canceling utilities or paying monthly cable, TV and internet bills.

Stick to your summer budget and check out sites like Groupon and Living Social to find Boston steals and deals. The intern housing program at Northeastern even has meal plan and gym membership options.

The Boston Skyline

Show Up Feeling Like a Local.

Personal picks from Jaime Hutkin, intern and current student at Emerson College in Boston.

Boston is smaller and more manageable than New York City, which makes it easier to learn your way around quickly. Take the T (which is what Bostonians call the subway) and discover some of my favorite places and reasons to love Boston:

  • Brookline Booksmith is an amazing, independently owned bookstore in Coolidge Corner in Brookline. They have a great selection of new and used books to choose from, as well as an awesome section for gifts and cards. They also frequently host workshops and well-known authors.
  • Temptations Cafe in Brookline has amazing wraps, sandwiches, smoothies and espresso-based drinks. Perfect for a weekend brunch or light dinner.
  • Kingston Station is a great post work drinks/apps destination with delicious cocktails, decent wine choices and the best truffle fries I’ve ever tasted.
  • Mixx by Packards Corner has the best fro-yo in town. Whether you’re in the mood for a fresh or sweet treat, you can pick from one of a 7+ base flavors and dozens of mix-ins to concoct the perfect cup.
  • Brown Sugar Cafe by the Babcock Street stop on the B line has amazing and affordable Thai food. I love their country style pad thai and pineapple fried rice, and I also dig the crazy mini-celebrations they do for people with birthdays — a disco ball may or may not come down from the ceiling and light up.
  • A lot of startups! (A lot of opportunity and young professionals!)

Boston, you just made our “Cities We Love” list. Check out Boston Internships and reserve your room for next summer, now.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Jesse December 13, 2011 at 9:46 am

How much would it be in total?
Does cover all expenses?
Is the internship with pay?
Approx. how much does it come out of the student's pocket?


Synthia December 14, 2011 at 9:46 am

Hi Jesse – is only providing information on the resources available to students. You can find more info on the cost of Northeastern”s intern housing here: Students are responsible for landing their own internship for the summer – is free for students to search and apply, you can begin your search here:


Douji December 19, 2011 at 12:10 pm


This sounds exciting and promising. I have some questions as well and hope it won't bother:

1-Is it an open opportunity for international students?
2-Can this internship start during the spring term and take like six-months?

Thanks for sharing, for your time and for your efforts 🙂


Synthia December 19, 2011 at 12:15 pm

Hi, you can view Northeastern”s eligibility requirements on their site – This specific intern housing is available during summer months only – June 1 through August 11.


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