The word internship instantly makes me envision Lauren Conrad looking beautiful in designer clothes embarking on coffee runs for the glamazons above her at Teen Vogue. Needless to say when I started my own internship I quickly realized that MTV distorted my vision of what an internship is really like. My inaccurate idea of being an intern thoughtlessly starred myself in my own Anne Hathaway Devil Wears Prada transformation where I would arrive to my first day at Holt Renfrew in my H&M power suit and leave in a Valentino gown with an agenda to rule the fashion world.
Unfortunately, this pretty picture I had painted in my mind turned out to be slightly wrong.It didn’t take long to realize that having the title ‘intern’ at a luxury department store would not result in me having a condo with a pool and best friends that distinctly resemble Whitney Port and Audrina Patridge. A girl can dream though right?
However, it did result in learning a few things including…
- 2-3 hour shifts = heels , 3-5 hour shifts = flats.
- Being fluent in Starbucks language is an asset. Coffee runs are the only constant in this life, and if you know what that associate means when they say, “what’s that drink that’s cold and pink and tastes like cotton candy?” You deserve a pat on the back.
- And lastly, be an efficient paper cutter. It amazes me that with all the advanced technology available to us today we’re still cutting paper like cavemen. And what amazes me more is that sometimes 3,000 squares of paper need to be cut out for reasons far too complex for me to ever understand. And who might be the lucky person to get to tackle this glamorous task? None other then the intern, because she’s young and can afford to get a little carpal tunnel.
Despite not being enamoured with my three month run at being an intern, if I could go back in time I would not skip the traumatizing group interview. As horrific as it was at times, it was also pretty cool to see the inner workings of a huge luxury retailer.
And maybe if Lauren Conrad were here she would tell me to suck it up and do what I have to do to get that 3-story condo, the mojito waiting with my name on it, and Brody Jenner.
Kelli Klassen, JCI Fashion Grad