In January I took time off my dull yet essential 9-5 admin job to intern in Paris for Zac Posen. If you don’t know who he is then please exit stage left ..right..about..now. Granted we are now verging on March and I am only just writing about my time in Paris, but I’m sure you can appreciate that A) I can be a lazy cow and B)I wanted to digest the experience fully before typing.
I wanted try my hand in an old but forever changing territory. It had been years since I had been around or studied fashion, and I needed to get an idea of how things operated.
I have no intention of boring you with the irrelevant details. Let’s keep it short because us fashion folk, whether we like to admit it or not, bottom line; all interning generally yields the same results. You help people above you, network, do some admin, dress models, get coffee, hang clothes, dress more models, sort clothes, run errands…the list goes on. The tasks may vary from internship to internship but we all still end up back at ‘GO.’ That’s not to say that these experiences are irrelevant. Because they are oh so important, I’m not trivialising them in anyway. Everyone in fashion had to start somewhere.
I worked with some really cool and friendly interns from different parts of the world. LA, India, Italy, Canada…ladies from all walks of life. There was no bitchiness, everyone worked together to get on with it, and in between appointments, the macaroons and pizza on tap wasn’t half bad either!
Biggest intern mishap…was walking 30 mins to Starbucks only to be told I had the order wrong. I got marched back for an ‘ICED’ vanilla latte instead. I had it written down so I’m pretty sure I had the order right…I still had no intentions of arguing. Eeek! lol
Attitude to have…. calm, helpful and humble demeanour. Even if you aren’t the most outgoing intern in the bunch (I’m quite quiet if I don’t know people well) it’s important to smile etc. You don’t want shyness to be misinterpreted as rudeness. If there is something you are not sure of just ask. It is better to irritate someone by asking then mess up everything by keeping schtum.
Most valuable lesson… keep trying. It took me a year to find an internship that suited my work life etc. and when I finally was given the green light by the helpful powers that be at Zac Posen, I had missed the boat for that particular round of interns. I waited another 4 months before emailing again to ask if I could be given the opportunity. So overall be patient, be persistent and be polite. It pays off.