This dress, designed and manufactured by Show Me Your Mumu (Mu), is the perfect transition piece from summer to fall. While at the Mu headquarters in downtown Los Angeles this summer, I truly learned to appreciate the effort that goes into designing beautiful patterns, such as the one used for this dress. Regarding my summer experience, some of you have asked about the internship process. Here are a few good tips from my experience.
First, research companies that are in the industry you wish to learn more about and you think would be awesome to work with. Brainstorm with friends, family, and colleagues to think of companies that you otherwise might miss. Select two or three and concentrate on those top choices. Next, looking over your skills, prepare a résumé using action verbs. Have a trusted individual proof edit the document and help you use the best words to describe your skills and accomplishments. Then write a brief cover letter that highlights how your skills would benefit the company. Remember, the way to market yourself is to show the company executives how your qualifications would be an asset for their business. Be sure not to exaggerate on the résumé or the cover letter; you’ll be asked to perform whatever you said you're proficient at doing. Last, take your time completing the online application in detail, submitting in the fall for a summer internship. That’s right--for many companies, you submit applications now through early December for next summer.
In my search for the perfect internship in the United States, I completed applications for two companies with one in the Northeast and one on the West Coast. One graciously declined stating they were looking for individuals who were either already working in their retail stores or who were blogging/buying their designs regularly. They indicated that their brand is a lifestyle, and they had chosen someone who worked for the company. The second said I was exactly what they were looking for--outstanding work ethic shown through excellent academics and work experience, strong computer skills in Adobe Creative Suite, Google Applications, and Microsoft Office, and proven marketing knowledge with creating content on social media, including Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. I had the best experience working with Show Me Your Mumu. In my next blog post, I will give more details of my summer in LA as a “Mutern.” Xoxo, Shelly