As an advertising student, fashion enthusiast, and career driven individual, my internship has helped me realize things not only about the industry, but life as well. It’s crucial that the place you decide to intern reflects your interests and your career goals. Before even applying, ask yourself, “Is this a place where I would want to work (after graduation)?” Hopefully, the answer is yes. If not, do your research, ask around, and find a company that best represents you.
Secondly, don’t be afraid to speak up. I’ll admit, in the beginning I was shy and didn’t always voice my opinions. For example, the video and content editor stumbled across my beauty/fashion related Youtube videos I previously made. Due to his discovery, I became more involved with the creative content that Skai Blue Media produced, which is what I’m truly passionate about. In all honesty, my videos were something I did for fun and I never acknowledged their value. I know now that it’s extremely important to discuss your goals and interests to your internship. If there is something you want to try, just ask. The worst they can say is no. In my experience, I was lucky enough to be offered the opportunity to get more involved, but that may not always be the case.
An internship provides industry experience, but also acts as a stepping stone. It’s important to be selective and serious because it will truly make a difference for your future endeavors. In my current position, as my intern days at Skai Blue Media slowly come to an end, I am satisfied with the type of work I completed and relationships formed with SKM’s team.