Malin Jörnvi, an NYU junior is one of many interns in NYC who goes through a lot for her job.

In a cornea-burning second, the stage is alight and a stream of costumed actors enter for the start of the show, but this is only the beginning of another shift for Malin Jörnvi. The drama student landed an internship in her industry, at The Scandinavian American Theater Company (SATC). She dedicates herself to just about anything that is asked of her, making programs, researching up-and-coming artists, and alphabetizing scripts. She will never see the fruits of her labor, however, since her internship ends before the projects hit the stage. Jörnvi battles the double-edged sword of snagging a prestigious internship related to her career goals, making her want to give 110 percent, and the stigma of being near her expiration date.

One show, a few cocktails and a half hour subway ride later, she sits deciphering a hand-written artist’s bio, passed off to her earlier that night by her boss after he was unable to read it. Making her way through the heavily-inked scrawl of the old theater era, she compares interning to improve, “the one rule is you always say ‘yes! And what else?’”

Though constant collating and coffee runs can be exhausting, the real trouble often starts after the intern has been recycled, when they realize they peaked in their first internship. In New York big companies like Facebook and NBC Universal hand out temporary passes like candy to a constant stream interning college students. Three months later the interns are often pushed out of the revolving door, leaving them disappointed at being so close, yet so far away. With the semester racing to an end, Jörnvi along with the rest of NYC’s interns, are preparing to hit the pavement again.

You knew it would only last as long as the semester. What’s your next step?

People my age are always thinking about what they are going to do next. The thing with internships though, is that you’re so busy while it’s happening, before you know it, time’s up! Not only do you barely have time to think about the internship ending, you also kind of don’t want to. I mean, I have spent months working on these projects, getting to know these people, and being a part of such great things that it’s sad to think about leaving it behind, especially since I won’t even get to see half the projects I worked on to the end.

Does having an intern’s shelf life ever make you stop and think how much you really want to give to something, knowing you won’t be around when it all comes together?

When I started at SATC the first thing I did was research for a big production that we now have planned for November, but I won’t be around in November. It’s like being cut off right in the middle of a really great show, like an intermission. You know it’s coming and the build up is great, but with an internship you don’t get to come back for the second act, and someone else is gets your seat.

What is the feeling you get from permanent staff members? Are you one of the family or that weird second cousin no one ever knew about?

It is probably different for me, since it is such a small company and things are intimate, but I really feel welcomed. Sure there is some hesitation, since everyone knows that I will be leaving, but overall everyone has been amazing. It’s like I have already put in my two weeks, and everyone knows when my last day is, so you make nice but it’s not forever. Being ‘the intern’ also has it’s own thing. You end up getting jobs that no one else wants to do, but that is all a part of paying your dues, everyone does it at some point. You just hope that all this work and moving around will play a part in getting you the job you really want later on.

So you landed a job at a great company and in your dream industry, it can’t be all downhill from there right?

Since in a place like New York you can be a part of so many prestigious things, when it’s over you kind of worry if you’ve already reached the peak. You get a taste of this amazing world of established and respected companies, then you apply for a position at a local theater back home. It can feel like a step down, but what I think you learn is that you’ll get great experience anywhere you work as long as you make the most of it. At the end of the day you walk away with some good contacts, some good experience, a prestigious name to put on the resume, and the hope that it will turn into something down the road.