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My Intern Diaries

Yes, after what seems like forever and ago that I decided to share my internship experiences, I finally sat down and actually started to recollect my thoughts to write Chapter 1, How it all began.

Thankfully I did keep a journal throughout most of my Fashion PR related experiences so it’s just a matter of perusing through them to jog my memory on each. 

Since I started sharing my internship experiences, I’ve received a handful of emails with questions for advice and questions about finding volunteer/internship/job postings. Don’t be shy, feel free to leave your question in the comments section. I will answer it under the comments too so others can benefit from your question!

Enjoy.

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Kanye West had recently openly expressed that he wanted to put his music career on hold to intern for Louis Vuitton or Raf Simons.


REALLY???

 

 

Was my initial response, but then I realized that he is quite the devotee to fashion so that does not really come as a huge surprise. Versus when I heard last year, that Sean Avery (NHL player of the Dallas Stars), wanted and went on to intern for Men’s VOGUE, I almost fell of my chair.


Compared to many actors/singers/celebs who are self-proclaimed fashion designers, I think it’s a positive and very respectable thing for Kanye to do. He is humbling himself for once by expressing interest in learning from one of the most successful and leading luxury retailers to date, and not to be just, in his own words, a “celebrity designer.”

 

First Sean now Kanye, is this becoming a trend? Celebrities who want to do “internships”?

 

From an organization’s point of view, they really have nothing to loose. Sure these guys wouldn’t know a thing about what they are doing but they are celebrities. Companies will not technically pay them, but I’m sure they will get special “intern” treatment. (E.g. Sean got to attend a Couture fashion show in Paris, he got to guest write and edit etc.) and if Kanye ends up interning for LV, they’d probably do the same and give him tons of free product.

 

Bottom line is why not? These celebrities are almost knocking on the doors of these organizations to be free spokes people. Not to mention the tons of publicity both the celeb and company will get. Win-win, the celeb gets their “learning experience” and the company gets effortless press.

 

Le *sigh*, the perks of being a celeb… at the end of the day it really is what YOU can do for the company. This is the epitome of just that!

 

In my opinion, there is no such thing as celebrities doing internships… it’s just them getting what they want and companies having nothing to loose but gain from the opportunity. Yes they will be learning, but it’s things that you and I will never learn or do as an intern.

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I know i’ve been missing in action for the past while, work has been insanely busy with corporate events and launch parties that we have to work during after work hours. So when i’m not working I find myself just, literally – doing nothing. 

But…

I’m totally excited and looking forward to the end of my current internship (my last day is on Dec 19th). I will be sad that it is over, but am looking forward to what the future re my career, will hold. I will miss the great working environment (where the President & CEO of the company will joke around with you about Entrourage), wonderful bosses (that say thank you to you after every completed assignment), and the laid back corporate culture (every day is a business casual day). 

Through my post-grad Corporate Communications program at Seneca College, I landed a sweet gig, a four month internship with Corus Entertainment. Although it’s not fashion related, Corus is a reputable and established corporation owning 52 radio stations and 14 television networks across Canada. Working in the Communications department, I had the privilege to provide support for the corporate and radio division. From writing press releases, to preparing press kits, to helping out on-site at launch parties and corporate events, to writing company flashes and articles for the internal newsletter etc., at Corus I was put to work on as many projects and different tasks as possible where my super cool bosses were genuinely interested in providing me with an enriching learning experience. 

For the first time, I actually have nothing but great things to say about this experience. And believe me, that’s a first! I’ve had my fair share of crazy, boring, and devil wears prada internship experiences. 

But now the hunt for a real job begins… and OH where for art thou?

FYI, any fashion related PR career in Toronto is far and few between and because the economy is hardcore sucking, job postings are pretty much non-existent…