5 Tips From a Former Fashion Magazine Intern
1. Choose Something That Interests You
It could be the most interesting and challenging place on Earth that will look killer on your resume, but when you don’t want to be there, it’s pointless. Your employers will know if you're constantly looking at your phone and waiting to flee home as soon as the clock chimes 5 pm. Do something that makes you want to work, even if it's hard work.
2. Don’t Be Afraid To Admit You’re Clueless
It’s something I used to struggle with a lot. You want to prove to everyone you know your way around and stand out. Most of the time though, you’re faking it and panicking inside on every step. When it’s the little things, it can take some time but you can figure this one out on your own. But when you know you can’t make it through, don’t be afraid to ask for help and reassurance you’re going in the right direction. You’re there to learn and they’d rather repeat themselves thrice than have you mess up over and over again.
3. Know The Agenda
This one's very important if you don't want to waste your time. You have the understand the company's aesthetic and ideal content. Otherwise, you could try your best and bring something amazing to the table but it'd be all for nothing if it's not compatible with what they usually create.
4. Always Be Kind And Open
It doesn’t matter if you had a fight with your parents or you’re being killed from the inside by a nasty hangover. Chances are, half of the office would rather stay in bed that day, too. But you’re not in the position to make snappy comments or roll your eyes because you were asked to walk to the copying machine for the 20th time that day. Keep a smile on your face and keep doing your best. A positive attitude goes a longer way than you know.
5. Understand You Are Not A Slave
There's nothing wrong with bringing coffee to the office every once in a while, but you’re not there to do the dirty work. You’re there to learn the ins and outs and you won’t do that by not contributing to the real work. Sometimes it’s tiresome and tedious, but responding to e-mails and delivering packages does help you gain experience. Understand not all of the work is fabulous, but it is necessary.