As part of the interview process I am currently completing for FLARE Magazine, I must complete a brief written assignment with a variety of questions. One of them being, "Explain three qualities a fashion intern must possess in order to be successful." Based on the shared experiences of others, what I learned during my interview with FLARE, and various online research I arrived at the below answers. I thought perhaps others might benefit from my sharing. I'll let you know how it goes *crosses fingers*
Anticipating needs and delivering results before they are requested is the single most important thing an intern can do for their supervisor. Interns are hired to make life easier for those they are assisting rather than being another drain on their time, which is why initiative is so important. Initiative means figuring out a way to add value from the start by filling a missing need, or coming up with a solution to a specific problem, or simply spotting small manageable tasks that can be quickly taken care of. When I left my previous position my boss told me that she was really going to miss having me around to anticipate her needs and warn her of upcoming tasks that required her attention. I was happy to know that I had served her well.
Fashion is a demanding industry and in order to gain the most out of an internship, a fashion intern must give 110% effort in everything that they do knowing that not everything will always go smoothly. Not succeeding in getting everything right on the first try or as planned should not be an impediment for interns. Being able to persevere and get the job done while being receptive to constructive criticism is important. I hate to insert a cheesy cliché here, but where there is a will, there is a way!
Interns need to be able to communicate effectively with others to execute their tasks and facilitate teamwork. Being able to ask questions and let someone know when they’ve run into a problem allows work to be accomplished more quickly and with less frustration. Communicating with tact is also very important. Fashion interns must often work in a fast-paced environment where good manners and considerate behavior can go a long way towards a pleasant and friendly work environment. This professionalism is also required when representing the organization to the public at large. Interns should leave others with the sense that they are dealing with a respectful organization that they can trust and regard highly.