Some people see internships as nothing more than a school requirement to begrudgingly fulfill, but for a lot of us, it’s the beginning of the rest of our lives. Once you finally figure out where you’re headed for on-the-job training, you get to open up this new world where anything can and will happen — it’s your first real taste of the path you’ve laid out for yourself. You get to meet new people, face new challenges, prove yourself, and mess up in ways you never could have predicted, but it’s all part of the learning experience.
Internships don’t always result in a whirlwind romance or getting to rub elbows with your personal heroes, but they always allow you to grow as a person. Whether you’re reminiscing about your days of OJT past, waiting to take your own crack at it, or looking for some resonance to your ongoing internship experience, look to the books listed below for a fun yet genuine depiction of first voyages in the Real World™.