Dear Entrepreneur, Dear Intern
I see you. You are building a business that you are passionate about, putting in the long hours, carefully answering every email, packing up every shipment, saving every file, giving every client or customer the quality experience they deserve. This brand that you have built fills you with so much purpose and fulfillment, but if you were to be honest, your days are long, and you get tired. You created this business because it's something you love, but also so you'd have more time to spend with your loved ones. You're not quite ready to hire someone full time, but an extra set of hands would really be nice.
Well, my friend, It's time to bring on an INTERN! Imagine having an extra set of hands for 10-15 hours a week to take on the tasks that you need help with the most, or simply the tasks that you don't enjoy or aren't good at. With this also comes time for you to spend on those needle-moving tasks that only you can do, plus creating even more time for you to spend with your family, grabbing coffee with a friend, or even just taking time for yourself. All of this is possible with the help of equipped college interns, who would love the opportunity to work with you for a semester, learn about your trade, and what it really takes to grow a business. It's a win-win for everyone!
If all of this sounds great, but you don't know where to start, then download the freebie below where we list 35 Tasks An Intern Could Do for Your Business Today. (I still use this with my interns after 3 years!) Then, sign up for my FREE webinar, where I along with my studio mate and business bestie, Jessica tell you how we Find, Hire, and Manage our interns. You don't want to miss it!
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Below is a letter written by our last intern Brinkley. She was the best of the best, always went above and beyond, and really brightened our day with her presence. She shares her experience here, in a letter to our future interns.
Dear Future Intern,
Congratulations you have successfully gotten an internship with the coolest people you will ever meet! Get pumped you are about to have the best semester! I am so excited for the adventure in store for you. Soak up every minute because I promise you it’s going to go by so much faster than you think. But before you walk through the cutest red door into your new internship let me share my advice and the lessons I learned in the dreamiest little studio.
First and foremost, don’t be afraid to ask questions. In fact, ask as many questions as you need to understand the task at hand. I’m not sure where in the history of the world we decided it was bad to ask questions but I promise you it’s not. So, go ahead and ask Emily to show what on earth a favicon is. Or ask Jess if you can feel the difference between one-ply and two-ply paper again. I know it feels awkward and uncomfortable but once you understand whatever is confusing you’ll be able to knock the project out of the park. Which leads me to my next piece of advice. Don’t be afraid to take initiative in your projects. If you have an idea you think would be beneficial to the brand tell Jess and Emily. Better yet make a mock up to show them and make it easier for you to implement. Take pride in the work they give you. One of the biggest things I’ve learned from Jess and Em is just how much time, effort, love and commitment they put into their companies. Each client is treated with respect and every project is handled with the upmost care. It’s so clear to see the passion they have for their work so take pride in what you do as an intern. They have chosen you to handle parts of their brand and that is a big deal!! Whenever you can go above and beyond or get creative with your work. Finish your task and give it all you’ve got. It may take a little more time by not cutting corners or taking the easy and minimal effort route but in the long run giving a project your all will take exponentially less time than having to redo your work because it wasn’t up to par. All of that being said don’t forget to have fun, be yourself and let your own personality shine through. You are about to share an office with some of the most entertaining, brilliant and hysterically funny women I have ever met. Enjoy the time you have with them! Soak up the information they teach you, laugh at the stories they tell and don’t hold back to tell your own stories (gracious knows I told plenty of my random stories). Before I sign off for the very last time I’d like to leave you, future intern with a challenge. Yes, you know you are about to learn so much about branding, mood board, paper, InDesign and what it takes to run a company but I challenge you to start your days with an open heart and accept everything Jess and Em have to teach. While I can’t thank them enough for the skills and hands on experience they have given me the life lessons they have taught are what made this experience so incredible.
Thank you Jess for showing me moments of your your InDesign magic and for the many car ride chats about everything from English gardens to my love for farm animals. (And for never judging me when I tear up over cows.) Thank you, Emily, for being a constant example of grace and hard work you constantly amaze me with your wit and gentle spirit. You both mean more to me than I could ever do justice in words and it has truly been an honor to be your intern.
So, congratulations future intern you really did hit the jackpot.
All the best,