The Globe and Mail internship is challenging on many levels. You may have to speak to witnesses of brutal murders. You may have to pose tough policy questions to prominent politicians. You may have to spend upwards of $100 to taxi in and out of the city to report on stories if you don’t have a car (you will be reimbursed in a few weeks). There were times I couldn’t afford lunch.

Editors have very high expectations and will be highly critical of you if you don’t meet them. They are particularly concerned with the energy you bring to the newsroom. If you don’t show the desired level of enthusiasm or network enough they will consider you to have squandered your opportunity with them.