From Undocumented Immigrant To TV Producer: How I Paid My Way Through College & To My Dream Job

A few weeks later, I was back on a bus to New York City. I had secured the internship at Bad Boy Media, a second internship in the ad sales department at MTV, and found housing at Columbia University. Affording those unpaid internships in one of the most expensive cities in the world, while also struggling to finish paying for college, called for creative thinking. When I found no luck walking up and down restaurant row with my résumé in hand, I resorted to Google. I funded that summer with short stints as a babysitter, dog walker, pet sitter, a club promoter, and working at a bar. I regularly worked more than 80 hours a week between the internships and side gigs.