Lindsay writes: I've had a few friends that got jaded working for an agency. Would you have honestly worked at an agency to begin with? Couldn't interning 2-3 days a week get you most of the same opportunities?
I wouldn't trade my agency experience for anything. It's turned out to be absolutely invaluable in both connections and knowledge. I don't think you'd get the same experience just by interning. Interning is great, but it's akin to dipping your toe in the giant ocean of Hollywood. Whenever I meet interns now, I always kind of laugh to myself because they don't even know how much they don't know. (I was plenty naive as an intern, too.) If you intern at an agency, you might get to do a lot of the same tasks as the mailroom staff, and I'm sure you'd learn a lot. But you wouldn't get to listen to an agent's phone calls the same way an assistant would. I didn't fully understand how Hollywood worked until I became an assistant.
If you've already completed some scripts, it's possible that you could get your supervisors to read them - and then maybe the intern connection would be enough. But I'm willing to bet that most interns don't yet have professional-level samples that would be seriously considered. I know I didn't.