I need advice, sages of Cyburbia. If would you please comment.... By the way, it s been long time no see. Last time I was here (frequently) was pre-Planning master's program. I've since graduated and have been pandering my wares to cities. And living at home with my mother. (Not exactly what I had in mind when I went back to school for a 2nd degree. Hahhaa.)
So I am in the lucky position of having two internships (almost) at the offering stage. I will have to pick one, but there's a catch....they are apples and oranges. And I already currently working a part-time paid internship that is housing-related at a nearby municipality. This internship I am already working, available until Spring, is not full time, thus it leaves me a hypothetical 20 hours a week. So which of the two 2nd internships do I give my precious 20 hours?
Internship A: better paying. highly specialized, technical, growing area of the field. possibly tedious. very reliable funding. will be partially from home (saving me gas $ to boot). will be 4 months. will have a deliverable at the end. will be on first-name basis with either the big wigs in a fringe city or a well-to-do suburb. sciency and environmental.
Internship B: tight-fisted, but may last 12 months. steeped in the zoning code, which I happen to like, and more general planning instead of so highly specialized. also quite close by. have yet to meet the city manager, this one is farther from an offer, but seems quite promising. I could play a role in really shaping the future in a big way!
About me: sciency and environmental interested in general planning as well as efficiency. Prefer working directly with Municipalities, consulting interests me less. Does make more sense to prepare for the future and take the technical job? Or does it make more sense to go for a job that might last a year? Finally, should I worry so much about the $3 a hour difference between A and B?