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How to Be the Perfect Art World Intern
Internships have never been more essential for creative individuals who want to work in the art worl...
Art Girls Jungle 15 Feb 2020

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Internships have never been more prevalent or essential for creative individuals who want to work in the art world. Not only will being an intern help you get your foot in the door, but you will also have the opportunity to hone your skills, build up your CV, network with art-world professionals, and increase your chances of landing a full-time position.  This, however, only happens if an intern makes a positive and memorable impression.

So to make the most of your experience and stand out from the crowd, interns should always do these 10 things:

1 . Do your homework
Before you attend an interview, learn as much about the company as you can by visiting its website and its LinkedIn page. By being prepared, you will feel more confident going into the internship.

2. Dress for success
You’ve heard, ‘Dress for the position you want, not the one you have,’ hundreds of times, so find out from a future colleague what the dress code is and take it from there. It is better to be known as the best dressed intern, than the too casual one.

3. Time to take yourself more seriously 
Treat the internship like a real job.  If you want the employer to respect you, you need to take the job seriously. To get the most of an internship, treat your internship like you would any job.



4. Network
Building friendships with your colleagues and mentors is key to getting ahead in your career. Someone you previously worked with may at some point provide support and information on your potential next job.

5. Be curious
Don’t be afraid to ask questions and step outside your comfort zone. This shows that you’re willing to learn and have a genuine interest in the job and company.

via @latenighttherapy

Image via @latenighttherapy

6. Be flexible
Normally during an internship you will be sent around the company to learn and help each department. People, and companies, have different thinking and communication styles and various ways of doing things. If you can learn to be adaptive, you’ll expand your opportunities significantly.

7. Find a mentor
Find yourself a mentor who can support you in moving ahead in your current or future job. Finding a great mentor can make your first years on the job less stressful and allows you to tap into the wisdom and experience of someone already successful in the field.

8. Challenge yourself
Try to challenge yourself by doing something you have never done before. Make the most of your co-workers and bosses to learn and develop your art industry skills. These skills will enrich your professional portfolio making you more appealing to future employers.

9. Ask for feedback
As an intern, you may not get a formal review — so it’s important to ask for feedback on a regular basis. This feedback will also start uncovering your strengths and what you need to improve on.


Image via @girlboss

10. Keep in touch once your internship is over
Once your internship is over send a thank you note to your supervisor and anyone else who played a key role in your internship. A one line, “Thank you so much for this opportunity, I’m eager to learn and be of help”-type message will mean a lot to an employer and remind them that you were the right choice for the job. Keeping in touch with these contacts once you have completed your internship is also a great idea to help maintain important contacts and to keep in the know of future openings.Good Luck!

Text by Peigi Mackillop

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