Two Things to Consider When Hiring An Intern

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Can we let you in on a little secret? You weren’t made to do everything - and you don’t have to in order to be successful. While a team is important in growing your brand, it’s essential to remember that the right fit for someone else may not be the right fit for you.

You want to enjoy working with your intern, and likewise, you want your intern to enjoy working for you. 

Your needs may fluctuate by season, and that’s okay! When thinking through the experience that you want to create and considering different candidates, we wanted to share two things to think through : 

  1.  It’s okay to say no.

    Sometimes, you might finding yourself saying no to a great person and we get it, that’s hard. You have to remind yourself that your goal is to grow your brand, not to make a space for everyone. Ask yourself, does this person help accomplish my goals? Do I have capacity to teach them what they need to know in order to be successful in this role? Will we work well together?

  2. It’s important to consider if the person you and the person your considering hiring have the same expectations for the season that you’re entering.

    Sometimes your workload is more than normal and your needs might change based on the season of your business, and that’s okay. The key is to always remember to be upfront and honest from the very beginning. The interview process sets the tone for the internship for both you as the business owner and for your intern.   Don’t be afraid to take time in the interview process to discover if your personalities will work well together, and if your expectations are understood. 


At the end of the day, remember that hiring an intern can be fun. If you’re at the point where an intern is needed, that probably means that your business is growing and that is exciting! 

The internship process can be whatever you decide to make of it. There’s room for both flexibility as needs shift and freedom to learn from our mistakes.

After all, the best ideas come when we’re all constantly learning to better master our craft! 

Lindsey Washington