Based on the number of internships Lauren Berger has had she’s earned her title of “The Intern Queen.”
She’s gotten coffee, made copies and filed papers at 15 different internships, then she turned those experiences into her own empire.
When she was just a college student, Berger went through the rigorous process of finding the right internship without much help from anyone.
“As I was graduating, I thought to myself, what if I was the person who supplied my peers with internship advice?” Berger says. “And about three years later, I started my company.”
Making money as a young self-starter isn’t easy.
“One of the hardest things about being an entrepreneur is that you just can’t do what you love all day, you have to pay the bills, too.” Berger says. “So I made sure I had a solid revenue stream.”
In addition to running two successful websites, Berger has written books, developed brand partnerships and does many public speaking engagements. If there’s anything her hustle has taught her, it’s that persistence is the key.
“Rejection doesn’t mean ‘no,’ it means ‘not right now,'” Berger says. “I developed a thick skin.”
In today’s job market, she says, it’s crucial to go out and “find the yes” rather than sitting back and accepting rejection. And if there’s anyone who knows how to turn rejection into success, it’s The Intern Queen.