Post by Vyque White of Fasshonaburu
A few days ago I got an unexpected email in my inbox! It was from a local fashion student (yes, we have them in DC too!) asking to be an intern for my own blog. I kinda stared dumbly at the screen, not fully comprehending the concept. I’ve previously written on keeping your blog from taking over your life, and noted how you could get contributors and guest posts to help. But it simply never occurred to me: intern!
I don’t have any personal experience in this department, so I reached out to Indiana of Adored Austin, who mentioned having an intern when I met her. “I do have an intern but she's my life intern, not really an Adored Austin intern. I view her more as a personal assistant instead of a blog intern. I do a fair amount of public appearances in Austin (shop visits, coordinating runway shows, talks, etc) so she helps me more on that side of things. She was a HUGE help during the Texas Style Council Conference, SXSW, and StyleX as I was booked pretty much non-stop. She kept me organized, made sure I was in the right place at the right time, took copious notes for me (ranging from whom I met to what were some of the good sound bites in my talks). Her name is Rachel. She's awesome.”
Wow, sounds amazing! But having an intern isn’t all free labor fun times. Indiana spoke about a previous intern she had, who was in college and seemed a bit… disinterested: “Can you go with me to a runway show this weekend?” “Can't. Have a frat party.” “Can you help me shoot video at a store opening on Saturday morning?” Her response, “Can't… weekends are, like, my only time off from school…”
It's not always easy to manage someone, especially when they’re young and lack work experience. Jessica Conatser, Content Director of Coveted Media, gave me some advice on qualities you should look for when looking for the perfect intern. “Number one things are passion, motivation, strong work ethic, sense of urgency and willingness to learn. You want an intern who is extremely excited about what your daily job entails.”
It’s not easy finding a great intern, but once you do your work isn’t over yet! An internship is a learning experience, a chance for someone to test out a career they may be interested in. Jessica said it perfectly when she told me, “When you take on an intern, I believe it is important to act as a mentor in order to cultivate said interns growth as a professional. It is important to build up their tasks and keep them within close proximity to you or a colleague so that they have the opportunity to observe how the working world works.” That’s a lot of responsibility, so make sure you’re up for it!
If you are ready to take on an intern, there’s so much they can do to help you out. Everything from moderating comments to managing the copious press releases that flood your inbox to writing their own posts! It can be a huge weight off your shoulders and someone just starting out can get some valuable experience. So… anyone want to apply to be an intern at Fasshonaburu?
*Disclaimer: make sure to read the SBA's 6 Steps for Setting Up an Internship Program to ensure you are legally hiring interns.
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