4 Golden Rules Of Internship Etiquette

Every activity comes with a corresponding etiquette. Whether it be courting a delicate woman off her feet or saying please and thank you, every human activity comes with unspoken guidelines to appropriate manners. Internships are no exception. While the rules of internship etiquette may be unspoken, they will no longer be unwritten. Behold the four golden rules of internship etiquette:

Y-E-S

Here’s your new favorite three-letter word: y-e-s. Yes! Say yes to everything (within reason) at your internship. Can you refill the printer? Yes! Can you run a quick errand? Yes! Can you look this up? Yes! While not everything you’re agreeing to may seem of educational value, being known as the yes-person will set you up as the go-to person when the grand tasks come along.

You’ve got mail!

Email doesn’t have to be an art if you master the basics of appropriate etiquette. Answer promptly, use full sentences, and check your spelling and grammar. For more tips on email etiquette, check out our post on The Dos and Don’ts of Email.

Your cell phone is killing you

Our cell phones are the bane of our future success. The urge to release our iPhone peeing out of the outside pocket of our work bag is a struggle we all know is real. The last thing you want to be known in the office as is the girl with the texting addiction. Now, this is not to say you need to say goodbye to your phone and hello to separation anxiety. Before your phone becomes your desk-side neighbor, scope out the office culture and etiquette when it comes to cell phone usage. At some internships you may benefit from prompt cell phone usage in terms of communication. But don’t get too excited; this does not by any means include your BFF or the beau.

A time and a place

Your fellow interns make great friends, but there is a time and a place to be gabbing about weekend plans. Be fully present when you’re working, and take advantage of coffee and lunch breaks to fit in that much needed girl talk.

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3 Mistakes Interns Make When Applying

Applying for an internship is an arduous task. Seamlessly landing an internship is an art. Your resume and cover letter should speak for themself to make your entrance into an interview. But walking into the office doors in a crisp, black blazer and a confident countenance doesn’t mean you’re done with your application. In fact, your resume in conjunction with an interview makes up the entirety of the application process. Only after you’ve rocked those can you kick off your heels and take a deep, relaxing breath.

As youthful interns who are green to the application process, compared to seasoned professionals, there are 3 key mistakes made that need to be recognized and combatted.

Don’t fake it

We’ve covered in our previous post The Biggest Resume Mistakes common errors interns make when constructing the holy document, but what we didn’t address is how to combat a lack of work experience. Having only a couple years of college under our belts, with corresponding work experience, leaves us with a lack of qualifications we assume we need. Don’t fake it. Even (debatebly) worse, don’t create a resume that is the spitting image of a job description instead of showing or explaining accomplishments. Push your ego aside and realize sample trafficking is not rocket science. Impress employers by including non-work world related accomplishments, such as volunteering or school projects, that show achievement and results. That is what will impress an employer.

Proofread, proofread, proofread!

Don’t just check for accuracy grammar and spelling yourself, reach out to friends and family and have them proofread it for you. And then reach out to more people. The more eyes that preliminarily scan your resume the better. It’s the tiniest of errors that may cost you the job.

Use the Internet

We don’t just live in a digital age, we grew up during the peak of its metamorphism. Needless to say, we millennials are well-versed in the ways of the Internet. One of the biggest mistakes prospective interns make is prepping for an interview scrolling through Facebook instead of soaking in knowledge from the company’s website. Learning everything possible about a company before the interview provides preparation to not just accurately answer questions regarding your familiarity with the company, but allows you to specifically tailor your answers to be in line with their mission statement and core values.

Have you learned from any of these mistakes? Share your story and comment below!

 

Why You Should Stay At Your Internship For More Than One Semester

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When it comes to reviewing a resume, two attributes tend to be notable credentials: extraordinary responsibility and unwavering commitment. Unfortunately, these traits are unlikely to be acquired in the standard four month internship period. How does one obtain these characteristic achievements? Investing. Not with big buckets of Benjamins, but with precious time by staying at an internship for more than one semester.

Wary about making the decision? Here’s 3 reasons why you should consider staying at your internship for more than one semester.

T-R-U-S-T

Trust is a five-letter present only gifted to those who have paid their dues. Since the majority of interns only remain at a company for a brief period of time, allotting reliance and investing in training may seem like a venture with little return on investment to employers. The awareness of the temporary nature of the situation inspires bosses to become hesitant releasing all-encompassing trust through the assignment of crucial responsibilities. This can be conquered by staying at an internship for more than one semester because the act proves you are no temporary traveler. Investing in a commitment to the long run motivates employers to offer interns more responsibilities, which is exactly what you should be looking for.

More than just a pretty face

A four month occupancy at a company makes you a familiar face. An eight month commitment gives you a name. Having those in high places place a name to your pretty face, as opposed to scratching their head to collect a facial recognition, is a crucial step to building connections. Once it’s apparent you aren’t going anywhere anytime soon, unlike the majority of interns that swarm in and out the company doors on a monthly basis, your dedicated work ethic becomes worthy of remembrance.

It’s anti-aging

Let’s be real – applying for internships is a an arduous task filled with hours of resume revisions and pre-interview jitters. The months long daunting process creates an unbreakable, anxiety-ridden bond between you and your iPhone inbox. The stress is tangible. The struggle is real. Fortunately for those who stay at their internship for more than one semester, the thought of going through an application process is a distant memory replaced by blissful stability. No only is this a wrinkly-free remedy, it allows you to stroll through your day with the ability to zone in on your work without the distraction of the impending, inevitable future.

Convinced? Check out our blog post on How To Stay For More Than One Semester for instructions that will lead the way to your success.

3 Ways To Leave Your Internship With A Bang

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As the semester comes to a close marked by an impeding load of cramming procrastinated material into your overstuffed brain and a slew of Scantrons, the end of your internship is quickly approaching. While you’ve been rocking it all semester long, last impressions are almost as important as first impressions. Therefore, in order to be an intern to be remembered for years to come, it’s time to end with a bang! A big bang! A “break the internet” kind of bang! Here are 3 ways to leave your internship as an intern icon to be reckoned with.

Leave a legacy

A wildly popular lifetime achievement is to leave a legacy. As meager late teens and twenty somethings, leaving this planet with an empire of offsprings is decades away. Instead of thinking far beyond the stars of the future, a way to leave a legacy today is by developing a structured guide on how to be an optimal intern at your company. Creating a binder describing your job responsibilities, daily activities, and pending projects creates an invaluable resource that will be used for years to come. But don’t stop there. Be a proactive legacy and offer to train new interns and provide counsel even after your internship has come to a close. This shows that you sincerely care about the company and are passionately invested in its success. Now, that’s a legacy.

Thank you x 2

Hopefully you’ve made connections with not just your boss, but other influential cogs that make the company a well oiled machine. Instead of taking the relationship for what it was, shoot them an email a week before the end of your internship thanking them for their guidance and contribution to a fruitful internship experience and include your personal contact information. On the your last day, follow up with your initial thank you email with a hand written (yes, hand written) thank you note thanking them for their time and that you will be in touch and look forward to a long lasting relationship. Beware, this is not a mushy-gushy love letter to the one that got away. Keep the thank you letter concise, professional, yet meaningful.

Plan for the future

If your experience as an intern has sparked a being inside whose gut is certain this is the company you’re destined to work for, don’t assume your boss is a mind reader. Schedule a brief meeting with your boss and very politely and professionally let it be known that the internship has shaped your career aspirations and working for the company would be a dream come true. Don’t expect a job offer on the spot; this revelation is simply getting your foot in the door.

Do you have any tips on how to leave your internship with a bang? Comment below to share your story!

3 Necessary Interview Questions

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You nailed your interview. Yes! It’s almost over and every question has been answered smoothly. Then the bomb hits.. “Do you have any questions?” Do you? This is a hard question to answer if there is nothing you’re really wondering about. Fortunately, Inc. published an article called 8 Questions Every Candidate Should Ask During Job Interviews with advice that will end your interview with a bang. We’ve picked 3 out of their 8 questions that apply to an internship interview.

What role will I fill?

So Cosmo is looking for a fashion intern. What does that even mean? While the name “Cosmo” shouts incredible fashion, the responsibilities of a fashion intern are ambiguous in the job title. You’re going to be a member of a larger team, filling a void if you will, and asking “who” your position is supposed to be ahead of time is quite impressive.

What would I be doing that makes your job easier?

The role of an intern is to lighten the company’s load. Therefore, it’s important to learn who will be leaning on you the heaviest. This may be a direct boss, or it may be an entire department. Asking this question gives you insight into your job responsibilities and what the team is hoping you can help them solve.

What are additional important skills I will need to do this job well?

The job description lists the essential skills. It’s up to you to ask what additional skills can help you succeed in the position. By asking this you’ll get a more well-rounded view of the kind of person they’re looking to hire and provide an opportune time to pitch your special skills.

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7 Quick Cover Letter Tips

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In an article on The Muse, 31 need to know cover letter tips are revealed. We’ve chosen 7 unique tips we think are the most essential for an optimal resume.

This is a cover letter, not a resume

As you may have learned from reading some of our resume advice, a resume needs to be a one-page, to the point document that includes bullet pointed fragments demonstrating your most impressive accomplishments at a job. It’s pretty limiting. That’s where the cover letter steps in. The cover letter is not for you to simply regurgitate what you’ve already written on your resume, but offers the use complete sentences that fully encapsulate the specific details of your accomplishments that were restricted on your resume.

Don’t be self-centered

In essence, the cover letter is not about you, it’s about what you can do and how that will benefit the company. Nobody cares how awesome you are on your own; they care about how awesome you would be working for them. Do this by demonstrating what you’re capable of and how that correlates to the job description and expected delivery.

Story time

In our blog post How To Make Your Cover Letter Memorable, we explain how sharing a story instead of iterating the same old same old can make your cover letter stand out. What ties do you have the company? Have you been ogling over Chanel ever since you first spotted that metallic blue wallet with an embroidered bow way back in your middle school days? Is Vogue your bible? Sharing a unique and individual story makes your cover letter remembered instead of trashed. Caution: keep it concise. It’s still a cover letter, not your autobiography.

Crunch some numbers

You know how people say actions speak louder than words? Scratch that – numbers speak the loudest! Quantifying your success makes your achievements easily digestible to the eye of the reader. If you’re a social media intern, include the amount of followers you’ve acquired since you started. If you’re an editorial intern, include how many articles you’ve written and the size of the audience it reached. Almost every quality has a quantity.

“Title”

Ever think of giving your cover letter a headline? Sounds weird, right? This isn’t an English essay… But it turns out this formatting idea is an excellent way to catch an interviewer’s eye and encapsulate the key message of your letter.

Get to it already!

Short. Sweet. And to the point. Keep your cover letter to half a page, max. Put yourself in the interviewer’s shoes; would you really like to read tens of full page letters? Ensure your’s is fully read by embracing brevity.

No name

Please don’t start your cover letter with “My name is __, and…” Don’t.. Just don’t… Your name is on your resume, remember? Get down to business and land the job.


 

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Fashion Friday: Statement

A statement piece is not limited to bags, belts, or bracelets. The true fashionista possesses the bold gusto to make a statement through the majority of cloth encompassing his or her body. The anti-norm? Pants! Incorporating a printed pant radiates confidence in one’s uniqueness. Paired with docile counterparts, the look becomes admirable as opposed to over-done.

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Love the look? Intern at the companies!

Rockstud Ankle Boot – Valentino is looking for a PAID PR Intern

Fur-Trimmed Leather Gloves – Valentino is looking for a PAID Wholesale Intern

Bucket Shoulder Bag – Saint Laurent is looking for a PR Intern

Key Ring – Gucci is looking for a Spring PR Intern

Embellished Wool Sweater – Diane von Furstenberg is looking for a PAID Design Intern

 

 

The Lowdown on the Twesume

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Have you heard of the twesume? Well, if you haven’t it’s a thing. What is a twesume? It’s exactly what it sounds like – a Twitter resume! Your twesume can include tweets about what you do, an accomplishment, a goal, skills and/or a link to a detailed profile like Linkedin or a personal website. It turns out the 140 characters you use to broadcast your latest piece of wit has worth in the realm of job recruitment. According to Mashable, a recent Jobvite survey showed 92 percent of companies are using social media to recruit talent in 2014.

But the trick is making your opinions matter. Here’s how you can turn brevity into prosperity…

#Hashtag

Hashtagging is an extracurricular activity in the Twittersphere. From #BreaktheInternet to #AlexfromTarget, the possibilities of participating in the trending world are endless. While it’s quite exhilarating to become a part of viral action, to create a twesume you’re going to have to get strategic. #Twesume is a great (and obvious) place to start, but in order to get noticed, you’re going to have to do some sleuthing to uncover what’s trending in your industry. #Fashion is perfect for someone who wants to work in fashion, right? Wrong! #Fashion is an example of a hashtag that’s overused and will only lead to your individual opinion getting lost in the hype of a lightening-speed conversation. Although, you still want to choose active hashtags.. Just do the research.

Get creative!

You’re not alone in the Twittersphere, and it’s imperitive that your tweets stand out and reflect your own personal brand; especially when it comes to your twesume. If you’re simply reiterating your skills and education you’ll get lost in the slew of others preaching the same. Get creative and focus on reflecting what it is that would make you a unique, invaluable addition to a company. Decide what it is you have to offer, and then release it to the Twitter world in a witty way.

Link it up!

Possibly the most important step in creating your twesume is including links to your work. Have a blog? Link to it! Have an online portfolio? Link to that, too! Linking to external sites and resources gives employers a preliminary taste of what they’ll receive when they hire you.

Have you tested out the twesume? Comment below and tell us about it!

Fashion Friday: Pumpkin Spice

Fall is the season of deep shades of orange. From an amalgamation of warm-colored leaves splattered on the sidewalk to smooth, pumpkin syrup in your basic Starbucks latte, orange is everywhere. Except maybe in your wardrobe.. But there’s no reason to stray from this season’s staple! Paired with dark shades and varying tones, orange is code for awesome.

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Love the look? Intern for the companies!

Coated Sweatshirt – 3.1 Phillip Lim is looking for a Press Intern

Checked Twill Trousers – 3.1 Phillip Lim is looking for a Merchandising Intern

Full-length Jacket – Michael Kors is looking for Spring Interns

Crocodile Pumps – Dolce & Gabbana is looking for a PR Intern

Shark-effect Leather Backpack – 3.1 Phillip Lim is looking for a Design Intern

Brown/Orange Sunglasses – Gucci is looking for an E-commerce Intern

What You Need To Do Halfway Through Your Internship

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The purgatory period between Halloweekend hangovers and Thanksgiving break relaxation marks the halfway point in your Fall semester internship. What does this mean? It’s time to get down to business!

Live for challenge

By now, you should have a handle on the dos and don’ts of your current position. Once you finish patting yourself on the back from obtaining proficiency, float back to reality and remember that if you want to be great you have to be challenged. Never settle for stable success. Seeking additional challenges in your internship is what will allow your growth to flourish past that of previous interns who stopped at the asking point. The challenge begins with brainstorming three to five new ideas, projects, or improvements to pitch to your supervisor. Get creative! Your boss basks in the admiration associated with care and investment in the company.

Network!

As enticing as it would be to work in a world only dependent on only yourself, we live in a place filled with additional people it’s necessary to socialize and connect with, especially in the office. If you haven’t made your presence known to employees in other departments at your internship yet, the halfway mark is the time to start. For tips on introducing yourself to employees in your company, check out our blog post on How to Meet Your Executives. Nothing feels better than everyone knowing your name.

Everybody loves a new friend

Employees too intimidating? Network with your fellow interns! While your work peers may seem like a confusing combination of designated gal pal and obligatory competitor, you should consider them future connections. Think about this – one day you’ll both be working in the industry. The more friends you have in the industry, the more relevant connections you will obtain to further your career. If the future seems too far away, your fellow interns and you can benefit each other in the present as well. Not only does everyone enjoy getting to know a new friend, but you’ll have an experienced, new resource to swap career advice with. But be cautious about getting too close. Never get comfortable enough to the point where you complain about work. You wouldn’t believe how easily that could get back to your boss…

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