I am so excited to share with you my new series #AskTheIntern. Here is where I will share with you my story, everything I learned from my internships, college experiences, living in a big city in my 20s and so much more! I want to get up close and personal and take you through my journey of life and everything I have learned thus far.
So here is a little hint… I have formed the reputation as the girl that was "always the intern" (If you've seen 27 Dresses you'll catch that reference). As this may sound like a bad thing, I will soon share why it became the best thing to happen to me. But I first wanted to start you with a gift guide, because well why not…I have put together some of my favorite essentials for being an intern.
If you have ever looked in my handbag you will note that I always carry around my Rifle Paper Co planner that is nearly the size of a notebook or binder. Memorization and dates just don't come second nature to me, so I'm constantly writing down everything in there.
For some reason I have always carried a small bottle of hand lotion in my handbag when I would go to my internship. It may be because of how dry it is in Los Angeles, but I am constantly applying lotion throughout the day.
There is something to be said for the girl that always has her nails perfectly painted. While I am not always the best at keeping up with manicures I try to always have my nails painted. I was constantly working on a computer therefore I was always looking down at my hands. It gives me confidence to have my nails painted because it makes me feel like I am that girl that has it all together, even when most of the time I don't. (I love this color for all year round!!)
I can't remember who it was that told me this (maybe my Dad?), but they said that it is important to have a good quality pen because it shows professionalism. That was always something that has stuck with me. Much like having my nails done I feel so much confidence when I and taking notes with a nice pen. So official!
How cute are these bobby pins?! I once took a business professionalism class, and in it there was a girl with extremely long hair down to her backside. Right after she gave a presentation the professor called out the fact that her hair was too distracting and needed to be pinned back. WHAT?! Yea apparently that is a real thing.
Some internships may fit the typical stereotype where the first few weeks you just may be making the coffee or running out to get it for everyone but so long as you are present and engaged you will find that you will be noticed and more involved. Fun fact about me: I am the biggest coffee drinker. I drink it all day long.
7. Oops eraser
It is so important as an intern to understand that you ARE going to make mistakes… which can be the absolute scariest thought. But that is what you are there for, to learn from those mistakes before they have an impact on your career.
I always showed up to my internships with a selection of writing utensils, pencils, highlighters, etc. (including my good pen :) and a notepad. Always be prepared to take notes, while you may think you will remember everything, you won't. Nor will you want to try to remember everything. I still have all my scribbled notes from throughout my internships that I keep because I still continue to go back from them and learn from them.
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