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My Unglamorous Week as a Fashion and Beauty Intern - Intern Wardrobe

My Unglamorous Week as a Fashion and Beauty Intern
Frederica Palmer

When I first started applying for work experience my dad warned me not to get my expectations up.

He said I’d probably spend all of my time making cups of tea and that if by the end of my two weeks I hadn’t been sent to find something stupid like a glass hammer or ask at reception for a long wait then I should consider my placement a success. Optimistic man my dad, isn’t he?

Then I went and had two fantastic weeks at FHM followed by another two fantastic weeks at GoThinkBig. I smugly told him that not once had I been asked to make a cup of tea. I told him about all the free pizza and donuts I was getting and I made sure to send him a photo of the jaeger shots I was about to do in the office.

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Ever heard of that saying about something being too good to be true? I guess it was only a matter of time before I found myself no longer loving the intern life.

In hindsight, I probably should have asked about the placement before I enthusiastically said yes when GoThinkBig asked if I could fill in at Closer magazine for a week. But I didn’t, and that’s how I found myself back at Endeavour House on a Monday morning as a fashion and beauty intern – which basically meant I would be doing no editorial work what so ever.

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Having come from two previous placements where the teams were no bigger than 15 people, it’s fair to say I was a bit overwhelmed when I walked into the Closer office and found out their team was at least twice as big. Instead of being introduced to everyone I was immediately introduced to the beauty cupboard, where I would be spending pretty much all of my time. By this point it’s safe to say I felt an awful lot like poor old Harry Potter being shoved into that cupboard underneath those god-awful stairs at number 4 Privet Drive.

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Thankfully, instead of spiders for company I was joined by another intern who had been with Closer before and knew exactly what to do. She also turned out to be really fun and what would have been a gruelling 8 hours spent in a dingy cupboard seemed to fly by. Our jobs included sorting through all of the post, keeping the cupboard clean and arranging deliveries and returns – so basically everything everyone else didn’t want to do.

What I did learn during my placement was that a career in the fashion and beauty industry probably isn’t for me – most of the team came in every day looking like they’d walked right off a runway whereas I looked more like Anne Hathaway at the start of The Devil Wears Prada. I also learnt that the environment you work in can seriously effect you’re attitude to work and the mood you wake up in, so that’s definitely something I will be considering when I’m job hunting!

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In all honesty though it wasn’t too bad. We got to help out with a shoot one day and I did enjoy learning how the fashion and beauty pages are put together in a weekly magazine. We also got given a goodie bag at the end of the week full of makeup and beauty products to thank us for our help and I managed to save myself a weeks rent by splitting the contents with my mum – always a bonus!

If a career in fashion or beauty is more your thing then I would recommend interning at somewhere like Closer as their placements are very much orientated around that industry. You can apply for work experience with them through the good folks at GoThinkBig!

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