Friday, 6 September 2013

My Internship at Company magazine!

My four week fashion internship at Company mag has now come to an end, which means I am now home in Liverpool!

I thought writing this blog post would be useful for anyone looking to get in to the magazine/fashion industry. So I'm going to talk through the stages of the internship and what kind of happens really.

Getting the internship
Getting an internship doesn't come easy. I was just very lucky that I happened to email them at the right time. I had originally applied for a placement back in April, but had other commitments, so couldn't go through with my application. Fast-forward 3 months and I was reading the July issue of the magazine on a train home, and saw an article on interning. I went back through my emails, found the person I was originally in contact with, and sent them a quick email with my CV on the off chance that they might be looking for someone. Luckily they were and I was asked in for an informal chat.

The interview
I prepared so much for this interview it's unreal but when they said 'informal chat' they really meant it. I came out of the meeting feeling like I wasn't really given the chance to sell myself or anything and I really didn't think I'd got it. And to make matters worse, they'd interviewed two of us at the same time so I was totally out of my comfort zone! I don't know how other magazines conduct their interviews, but this was so so casual.

Starting out
The first day was very daunting. As soon as I arrived, I met the editor-in-chief Victoria White (who is lovely btw) and was shown the fashion cupboard where I'd be spending my time. I had no clue what I was doing, but I soon learnt confidence is key.

I'm not going to lie, being an intern can be boring, but you've got to start somewhere. It gets very repetitive, and most of your tasks include sending emails, answering phone calls, returning stuff from photo shoots, unpacking clothes and and organising the cupboard. However, you are surrounded by beautiful clothes and shoes and jewellery and bags all the time and I loved that. As the weeks progress, you do get more responsibilities, like assisting on photo shoots, researching interviews and running errands for Victoria White herself!

Photo shoots
My favourite thing by far about this internship, was getting to assist on photo shoots. There's a lot of packing and unpacking involved, and you have to steam all the clothes, but once that's done with you get to properly experience what photo shoots are all about, and it's so much fun (plus they always have delicious food for you). If you're lucky, they'll let you help style the model too which is great.

I would encourage anyone who is thinking of getting an internship to just go for it because I definitely didn't expect to get such a good opportunity. You never know!

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