The sofa, carpet, window treatment internship!
I am excited to announce that I FINALLY found an internship, after a very long search! Sheffield Furniture and Interiors has agreed to take me on as their intern Copywriter in their creative department. I am pretty excited about the opportunity to do real copy work and have things published. I am also quite nervous! What if I run out of creative ideas? How do people keep creative ideas coming about one singular topic over and over and over? I am going to have to start looking for inspiration in the home decor/furniture department! Beyond my own personal fears of not continuing to do “good” for them, I am extraordinarily excited, and feel pretty validated in my own capabilities after being hired (even if it is only an internship). Last time I met with them, they gave me a tour around the whole furniture facility, including the warehouse itself. The company is really amazing, and takes so much time and care in everything they do (appropriate, considering the price of the furniture…. I stood on a $20,000 oriental rug!). I hope that I can learn a lot from them about advertising (in addition to the extensive knowledge I am sure to gain about furniture, hehe). Advertising has always struck me as the kind of thing one has to actually DO (not just learn about) to ever really learn. So, here I go! Will report back soon with updates.
Megan your internship sounds awesome! I would love to work for a furniture company one day, or any other interior fashion related company. I know what you mean about being afraid of running out of creative ideas. What I feel is best to do is leave the office and walk around outside for a little. The fresh air and excitement around you will strike your creativity and you’ll be ready to go! I think just getting a change in scenery helps get rid of a creative block. I’m sure you’ll do great work for them and I can’t wait to hear more about your experiences! Good luck!
Thanks Maureen! That’s really good advice; taking space from what you’re doing for even a minute totally makes all the difference. Thanks! 🙂
I totally get that feeling. I was so nervous too when i had to do “real” things because i was afraid i would run out of ideas and i didnt want to mess up and lose a client. But dont worry.. im sure you’ll do GREAT!
Congratulations Megan! I had all the same fears when I started my internship (and I still do). I know how scary it feels to constantly wonder if your work is good enough, but it helps to remember that they don’t view you as an expert, they view you as a learner. If you can make yourself accept that you technically are “just a kid” and you have a lot to learn, the task is much easier to handle. And who knows, maybe they’ll be so impressed with your work and the youthful insight you bring to the company that they’ll be learning from YOU. Good luck, I’m sure you’re doing awesome!
That makes a lot of sense…. I guess when you remove the pressure of the job itself you’re just left with talent and creativity, and that’s where all the magic happens (when you’re not caught up in what-if’s and how’s). I’m so torn because on the one hand, i’m nervous that I’m not going to deliver on what they expect. On the other hand, I’m nervous that I will do well, they’ll offer me a job, and my learning/experiencing will be haulted and limited to this one company (because how could you turn down a job in this economy?! haha). I guess everything is confusing/scary for us seniors right now. Thanks for the words of encouragement!
Congratulations on finding an internship, it sounds really exciting! Do not have any fear in your natural abilities. I find that as far as creative ideas are concerned, even when there are deadlines to meet, it is best to just let things come to you. Some of the best copy is so simple i.e. “Got Milk,” and “I’m Lovin’ It.” When you “try” to be creative that’s when the ideas turn out sort of bland, and confusing. Let the store and the products speak to you and I am sure you will do fine. Best of luck!
Yay Megan! and I just recently heard from a very reliable source (aka You), that your doing freelance work for them after your internship! Thats so awesome! Getting into freelancing, especially as a writer, can help a lot in your career because of the amount of work you would be working on. It helps to build your portfolio and everything so that’s a great experience to have. Awesome job 🙂