1. Do your homework. When you were accepted for your internship, it was assumed that you knew enough about the company. Before your first day on the job, do more research! Interning for a website? Go through all the sections and familiarize yourself with the brand voice. Think of ideas that you can pitch to your bosses.
2. Dress the part. Dressing for success is a very real thing. But be sure to back up your power dressing by *actually* working hard.
3. Be open to new experiences. Take it from me, who initially thought that digital publishing was easy because, really, how hard is it to write articles and publish them online? LOL. One day you’ll be sorting out your boss’ business cards, the next day you’ll be meeting celebrities at events. Remember you’re an intern because you want to learn. You don’t get to dictate the terms of this job. In short, 'wag kang choosy. Instead, be brave and step out of your comfort zone. You’re now one step closer to transitioning from intern to full-time employee.
4. Share your ideas. Think of it this way: you know things that your boss doesn’t. So don’t be shy to pitch your ideas when asked to. You may not know much about gross incomes and financial reports, but you know how to style Instagram photos that you can use for a big campaign. Your ideas are golden. Be assertive but always remain respectful.
5. Don’t be afraid to do the dirty work. When I signed up for my internship, I thought that I was only going to be writing full-time. But one day, my boss decided to send me to an important event without a photographer, and I had to take photos of celebrities myself. I had no clue how to configure a DSLR camera, but I did it because I saw it as an avenue to learn. I thought, if I wanted to make it in this industry, I had to learn how to go beyond writing articles. In fashion, you will be asked to pull out clothes and accessories, steam dresses that cost more than your monthly allowance, and deal with some very snooty people. Take these as opportunities to learn—literally everything is an opportunity to learn.
6. Treat it like an actual job. So you want your boss to take you seriously? Then show her that you take the job seriously! Come in early, dress up properly, wear the right shade of lipstick, and always reply to your coworkers' emails. This is your first taste of the ~*real world*~, so perform well.
7. Keep in touch. You start building your connections while you're an intern, so don't be a stranger to your bosses because you might get part-time job opportunities even after you finish. Once you graduate from college, send your resume—even if they don't have an available opening. If they like how you performed during your internship stint, who knows? They might just offer you a full-time position.
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