Happy September everyone! I can’t believe how fast this summer went and I’m looking forward to a productive and fun fall season. For today, I wanted to share a series I’ve really been enjoying on the topic of internships.
Of course I’m a bit biased, but I am a fan of all things Tory Burch – spending 4 years of my career working there is one of the best decisions I made. Disclaimer aside, I’ve always felt their blog (Tory Daily) is best in class. I love that it covers diverse topics and people, and I feel like I learn something new and interesting each time I read it.
One amazing series on Tory Daily is called “The Intern Issue“. The team interviews an Intern and their Summer Manager for each article and asks some great questions about their experiences working together and their advice for others.
The image below is of Momofuku’s Brand Director Susan Chan with her summer intern Nicole. There are nearly 30 pairs interviewed over the course of the last 2 years including Conan O’Brian, Bobbi Brown, and Tory herself.
A few nuggets of great advice from the series:
From the professionals – their advice to you:
Don’t be afraid to ask for more work, share your ideas and give your opinion. If you do, you’ll stand out. Opportunities come to those who are confident in their abilities and in their voice. – Sue Chan
Is the same advice I would give any of my employees — do your work and have a great attitude. We have our interns do a variety of tasks around the office that are all a valuable part of putting our show together every day. Whether it’s going on a coffee run, sitting in at rehearsal or researching news for show material, all of our interns are vital to what we put out every night. The more they realize even the trivial things are as important as the bigger things, the more they’ll get out of the experience. – Conan O’Brian
You’re here to learn, so be open to everything, and hold onto each and every contact you make. – Nicole Phelps, Style.com
From the interns – biggest lessons learned:
There is no such thing as a bad question. Asking questions not only helps you understand the assignment better, but it also shows your supervisors that you care, which then gives them more confidence in you. – Nicole Bertrand, Intern at Momofuku
Your company is as successful as its team members. Teamwork really does make the dream work. – Krysten Peck, Intern at DooBop
Moving quickly, giving total attention to detail and being considerate make a big difference. – Lily Mortimer, Intern at Gagosian Gallery
No task is too small; you’ll always be learning something if you’re smart about it. – Luis Palacios, Former Intern at NYC Digital
Loved all of their advice and find it especially interesting that when asked about their biggest lesson learned, so many of the interns responses included asking questions. I couldn’t agree more. Asking questions, being thorough/detail oriented with summer projects, and taking initiative are 3 things that take interns from good to great.
I absolutely love this series – hope you enjoy it too!