Internship Advice from Influencers

With Spring and Summer internships fast approaching, I wanted to gather some advice for those who are embarking on a new experience in their field. I contacted my favorite Influencers to gather their take on internships. After all, isn’t it way better to get advice from real girls with real experiences! I feel like as much as I try to gather knowledge from the books, quality advice is always appreciated.


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How you found your internship:

Out of the three I ended up pursuing, none of them were actually through online postings on Indeed or a similar site. It all came from extensive research. I had a type of role and company in mind then began scouring articles, LinkedIn, etc. for more information on who/where would be the best fit and how to get in contact with them.

What advice you’d give for the interview process:

My best advice is to know what makes you unique and own it. It’s definitely a common misconception that this asset has to be a conventional strength; it may be a factor from your upbringing, the way you express yourself or simply your passion for a role. 

What advice you’d give for girls who landed their internship but want to make a lasting impression:

People always say to go above and beyond, be the first/last one in the office, etc. which is all great, don’t get me wrong. Someone once told me that anyone can be trained to do a job, but not everyone can be kind, personable and bring a positive light to the office. Of course don’t be too “buddy-buddy” with your supervisor but make sure to always keep a smile on your face, add to the conversation and simply be yourself. You’ll be remembered for who you are on inside in addition to great work! Thank you notes, follow-up emails and informational interviews are helpful too :)

Where your internship was and how your overall experience was: 

Editorial Intern - NYLON

Fashion Public Relations Intern - Karla Otto 

Marketing & Events Intern - Michigan Avenue Magazine


Each position and company was SO different which is what made my internship experience truly special and stood out to potential employers when I was interviewing for jobs right after college. Each position was different but related to each other, therefore allowing me to fully integrate myself and understand the industry I was about to be entering. I felt fully equipped to take on the “real world” post-grad. 


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How You Found Your Internship:

I got two of my fashion internships through my lecturer. I showed up to classes and showed my work ethic. He was impressed and recommended me to people who were asking for interns. My third internship I found at an online job board.

What Advice I'd Give for the Interview Process:

Know the business. It's highly possible they'll ask you why you want to intern with them and relating that to something about their business will show them that you're not just doing this for the sake of ticking your internship requirement.

Take a portfolio of your work and include stuff you've done outside of class. It's good to show that you're working above and beyond and this will show that you're committed.
What advice you’d give for girls who landed their internship but want to make a lasting impression:

What advice you’d give for girls who landed their internship but want to make a lasting impression:

Know the business well so you go in knowing what they're about and what you can do for them. Do the work better than they're expecting. Do it efficiently and with a high quality. I got all of my tasks done to the point where I was constantly asking what I could do next. Offer to go above and beyond for everyone in the business (not just your supervisor).

Where Your internship was and how your overall experience was:

I interned for a local swimwear designer for fashion week. I helped with setting up and managing her showroom. It was amazing to see how buyers place orders and negotiate for stores. it was also good to see how a very small owner run business operated. I was later asked to do part time work but unfortunately it didn't work with my school schedule.

My second I interned for The Upside on their design team. It was great going from a one-person business to a full team of four designers. I got to see fittings, designing and product ordering.

My third I interned for Dharma Bums. This was probably my least favorite out of the three but that was probably because I had to travel an hour and a half each way to get there and back!


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How you found your internship:

I found my internships through friends and also through recommendations from past internships. 

What advice you’d give for the interview process:

Make sure you are well-prepared and make sure to show your enthusiasm and love for the company. It’s also important to tell the company how you can help them achieve their goals. 

What advice you’d give for girls who landed their internship but want to make a lasting impression:

Make sure to give it your all and go above and beyond. Build genuine relationships with your supervisors and co-workers. At the end of your internship always give your supervisors a thank you note and let them know that you appreciated their time and the experience. 

Where your internship was and how your overall experience was:

I had five internships by the time I graduated. Two were with local fashion stylists, one was with a local fashion week, and my last two were at Roxy and Billabong. Overall I had great experiences and these internships really shaped my career in the fashion industry. 


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How you found your internship:

Though I browse through Indeed religiously, I got most of my internships through networking or applying directly on the company's website.

What advice you’d give for the interview process:

Interviewing is never easy, at least for me it isn't. Talking yourself up to a potential employer is hard but with practice it gets a whole lot easier and more comfortable. Make sure you emphasize what your skills are, what you can contribute to the company, and what you hope to gain.

What advice you’d give for girls who landed their internship but want to make a lasting impression:

During your internship, regardless if it's paid or unpaid, treat it like a job. The more effort you put in, the more rewarding the internship experience will be. 

Where your internship was and how your overall experience was:

I have interned with 2 companies in Austin and just finished interning remotely with Her Campus media. Overall, I learned a great deal with all three companies. Each internship was very different and gave me a unique insight into the professional world. 


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How you found your internship:

Two of my sorority sisters did the Disney College Program during my sophomore year, which is how I heard about it! I eventually decided that I wanted to apply because it looked like so much fun and who couldn't resist a semester living and working at Disney?!

What advice you’d give for the interview process:

If you do a phone interview, smile even though they can't see you! It makes you sound happier and it really does make a difference. Also, use personal stories to answer questions. I grew up going to Disney World so I talked a lot about my time there with my family and how it became a second home for me. I did a Skype interview as well for my second Disney internship and I kept notes jotted down on a piece of paper next to me with information about the internship and the questions I had. I still even do this job interviews!

What advice you’d give for girls who landed their internship but want to make a lasting impression:

Network network network! If you want to intern at a large company like Disney, you need to network your booty off to stay and move up. People know people that can get you in contact with your dream internship/job. Get to know your leaders, managers, and/or coordinators and they can set you up for Meet & Greets! Also, if someone asks for help and you can do it, then do it! Being nice to your colleagues can get you so far and they can be used as references.  

Where your internship was and how your overall experience was:

I did two internships at Disney World in Orlando, Fl. I did my Disney College Program June 2016-January 2017 where I worked in the Confectionary in Magic Kingdom. After I graduated, I went back to do a Professional Internship with VIP Tours from June 2017-June 2018. Both internships had their highs and their lows but I really loved my VIP Tours PI more than my DCP. I met some of the best friends I'll ever have, interacted with a lot of cool guests, and got to make magic for so many families. I miss wearing my plaid vest and gold D pin but I wasn't getting the job experience I wanted, which is why I didn't end up staying. 


BIG THANK YOU to all these amazing influencers who contributed. Check out their blogs, you won’t be disappointed, I promise.

XX, CB

Caroline Bogrette