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Just as the title states..

I'm looking at certain internship sites like The Animal Medical Center in NYC, and they pay a salary of 27k... But this is NYC we're talking here with crazy ass prices. I don't even think the salary after taxes will even cover rent let alone other expenses like food, insurance, etc. How do these hospitals expect these interns to survive??
 

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Just as the title states..

I'm looking at certain internship sites like The Animal Medical Center in NYC, and they pay a salary of 27k... But this is NYC we're talking here with crazy ass prices. I don't even think the salary after taxes will even cover rent let alone other expenses like food, insurance, etc. How do these hospitals expect these interns to survive??
That particular hospital always advertises that they own their own apartment building and rent them to staff for "below market rates". But other than that I have no idea :shrug:
 
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That particular hospital always advertises that they own their own apartment building and rent them to staff for "below market rates". But other than that I have no idea :shrug:
lots of roommates. I think @orca2011 was there for a bit? I can't remember. Apologies if I mistagged.
 
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I lived in Colorado on 28,000. My parents had to help out, since rent alone that year was over $1000/month and my monthly take home pay was only $1800. It was easier for people with significant others. Luckily you’re too busy to really go spend a lot of money.
 
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AMC interns (and residents) receive subsidized housing and pretty much everyone lives with roommates.

I lived off of my savings/loans, didn't eat out or go out much, and ate a lot of sandwiches and ramen.
 
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lots of roommates. I think @orca2011 was there for a bit? I can't remember. Apologies if I mistagged.
Nope, wasn't me. Did my internship up in RI but have a few classmates who went there. But either way, I had roommates (non-vet) intern year. It worked out well until the last few months (one ended up being a bit cray, the other and I still hang out). I was paid more than those at AMC (think it's like 30-32k) and picked up some extra shifts here and there to make a little extra. But otherwise, it's a lot of not eating out and tried to not go out too much.
 

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Oh. I believe it was @jmo1012. Think she is/was resident though. still, crap salary. haha
 
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I mean, plenty of people work close to minimum wage jobs and survive..... just hope you don’t have any medical/dental/veterinary bills you need to pay in the next year, and eat lots of spaghettios... None of that $10 avocado toast for you. Subsidized housing if available, and/or many many roommates.

Go into credit card debt. Use any savings you have. Beg relatives for support. It’s just a continuation of making poor financial choices just like going to vet school in the first place ... I guess you can argue, why stop now?

If you don’t like it, apply to other places with a more reasonable salary to cost of living ratio.
 

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I mean, plenty of people work close to minimum wage jobs and survive..... just hope you don’t have any medical/dental/veterinary bills you need to pay in the next year, and eat lots of spaghettios... None of that $10 avocado toast for you. Subsidized housing if available, and/or many many roommates.

Go into credit card debt. Use any savings you have. Beg relatives for support. It’s just a continuation of making poor financial choices just like going to vet school in the first place ... I guess you can argue, why stop now?

If you don’t like it, apply to other places with a more reasonable salary to cost of living ratio.
:rofl: but also true, this just has much more impact because there are no loans to make it feel more comfortable
 

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I make $30,000 before taxes. I am lucky enough to have a partner with which we do NOT split expenses 50/50. Most people where I work have help from partners or parents. One colleague just signed a lease for 80% of our monthly salary. It's not ideal, but we all make do. You either need to have a lot of roommates, live in a not so great place or part of town, live off of ramen and Kraft mac and cheese, have help from someone else, or more loans. It's kind of a crappy situation all the way around, but we just keep hoping it pays off in the end. If you're hoping to specialize, there's really no way around it.
 
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