This summer I interned with the fabulously entertaining OffBeat Magazine, New Orleans’ own music magazine. Here are a few things I learned:
Bring lunch and eat breakfast at your own place if you can. You don’t want to be the girl who forgot her lunch and has to work through lunch to ignore the hunger. Seriously though, eat. it will make you stronger and perform better at work.
Follow Michael Kors’ office guide to style. You are not going clubbing, even if you work at a cool place like I did. Mini skirts are so not acceptable. Also, if you dress more professionally, your boss might want to hire you at the end of the summer or after you graduate. I know y’all saw the Devil Wears Prada, outfits count even if you’re not working in the Conde Nast building.
Ask for more work when you finish your assignment. Yes, be that girl. Bosses like it, you are the intern. Also, it shows that you are interested and not just there to put something cool on your resume. So, that means actually doing the work and not playing on Facebook. On that note, do not gripe about doing mundane work. Bosses will see it in your attitude and performance and they will not like it.
Write thank you notes. You may think they’re old-fashioned, but trust me on this one: it helps you stand out from the other interns and makes you a superstar intern. Also, once again: you may get the job. If not that, then at least a chance to get a good recommendation.
I’m off to write.