What I wish was different
I wish I was given more responsibility as a resident. I found that work days were slow and I had to fill my time with personal research, meeting with people within the agency, and making my own work. Also, though I understand internships are meant for learning above all, the pay was incredibly low, especially for New York City. I barely made rent, and buying groceries was a point of stress for me. I found that this internship would be inaccessible to low-income students, and it is sad that such opportunities, though are obviously not exclusive for higher-income students, really disallow those with lower incomes to have an experience like this one due to the low pay.