Thursday, May 07, 2015

My Internship Experience & Tips

Back in March I did a two week internship at an interior design online store called 'Kelly Hoppen London'. I absolutely loved it and it went so well, I thought i'd briefly share with you about my experience and give you some tips on scoring your own internship. I really got stuck in when I started as I wanted to leave a lasting impression when I left and I wanted it to be a good one. I made sure that I got involved in various departments such as marketing (that's primarily what I'm interested in), buying, the website, customer service and more. I felt like the more that I put in to my experience, the more I would get out of it, so don't expect to just turn up and think that everything will be spoon fed to you, you need to think on your own feet and I was given a lot of responsibility. I loved it and I highly recommend it to anyone...

1. Now, I got this internship through my step-mum's client's partner, bit of a mouthful! So, more often than not, it can be about who you know and not what you know. However, don't give up hope as it isn't always like this. I'm quite fortunate that I already have quite a bit on my CV so getting an internship wouldn't be too difficult for me, however, if you feel like you don't have anything, that's ok too. You don't necessarily have to have qualifications if you're studying, but mention your hobbies, your skills, what you've done in the past - how it changed you or taught you. Make it stand out, management people have to look at loads of these, so try and make yours a bit different.

2. Depending on what you're wanting to do you'll need to showcase some of your work, try and make it fun rather than something that's basically a CV. Whether it's a dedicated tumblr page, an actual portfolio with paper, a presentation - just something different. Possibly try and make it relatable to the company and position that you're applying for, so it gives them a strong idea that you know what you're talking about. 

3. A cover letter is very important, make sure it's direct to the person to do with the company/organisation, but not as if you're chatting to your bestie. Do your research, that's a given, find out who you're writing to, history of the compare and tell them why you want to work there and what you would bring to the company. I like to make this quite light-hearted and not too heavy, rather than a standard "hi, here's my cover letter and CV". Tell them a bit about yourself, but not too much, remember you haven't met them - stand out from the crowd, because reading an email after an email will be tedious for the person who has to do this.

4. Now, when I left my internship it was very much left in the air on whether they would offer me a job or not. I was given the impression that they wanted me to stay, hey they even told me they wanted me too, but it's still being discussed. So, you may or may not get a job out of the internship you experience, but what you can do is write a follow-up email. If they don't reply, that's ok - they're very busy people, but I would try and contact the person that you were working with the most.

Remember, you could apply to 100 internship's and only get 10 responses, resulting in 1 actually happening - it's tough! But if you be efficient, show them that you're dedicated and want to help them out, you should get the ball rolling - hope this helped!


1 comment

  1. I'm going to be applying to internships next year as it's part of a requirement for my degree to have a certain number of internship hours, these are all very helpful tips to keep in mind!


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