By: Meghan Eberlein
Your summer internship is finally here and you have an overwhelming amount of emotions. Whether you’re nervous, excited, scared or anything in between, the ultimate goal is to stand out. But most of all, to stand out for all of the right reasons! Each internship will lead you towards new people, opportunities and goals, and while the days might be long, all the hard work will be worth it! Here are a few tips and tricks to make the most out of your internship and impress your boss!
1) Always be on time!
Timing is everything, especially in fashion. Being on time - or for Anna Wintour, you're already late - is very important and shows your commitment. Being late to a meeting with your boss is a big no no and believe me, they’ll remember! Time is money, so it is important you are on time (aka 15 minutes early) otherwise you’re wasting your boss’ time.
2) Do your research and ask questions
Reading thoroughly through your emails and really understanding what they are asking is key. Before heading into a press preview or a meeting with a brand, do some research on the company. There are so many opportunities to be on top of your game when it comes to research, and absolutely zero reason for you not to be! While you may hit a lot of dead-ends, it’s important to get creative in finding an answer. By researching beforehand, you are already one step ahead of the next intern.
3) Don’t wait!
Your boss already has a full schedule day in and day out, so it is your responsibility to take the initiative. Don’t wait until they tell you to write that article or steam that dress or upload that image to social media. It is up to YOU to know when it is the right time to do things on your own. Self-sufficiency is vital! With that said, it is also important that you do not overstep your boundaries, but simply help to make the process move along quicker.
4) Write everything down
Internships are an amazing way to learn, but how can you learn if you forgot what was just said in the meeting? TIP: Bring a notebook and pen wherever you go! It may be old school, but it is important you are keeping diligent notes to refer back to. You should not only be keeping notes for yourself, but also for your boss, too! Amongst their busy schedule, they might miss a detail but if you have it written down you can save the day (and win some points while you're at it)!
5) Listen...like *really* carefully
Listening may sound simple, but it’s obvious when you aren’t listening. Details can make or break a project so it’s crucial your ears are always open. Through listening, you learn more than you could ever imagine. Not only can you learn about how your boss made it to where they are today, or the latest trends, but also the industry tea. We can’t stress it enough - listen, listen, listen!
Following these 5 simple steps will be sure to make you stand out from the rest of the interns!
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