Thankfully, I didn’t have any nightmares while trying to locate the Girls’ Life office building. I arrived early and was surprised (read: freaked out) to find that I was the only intern there yesterday. Because classes for the majority of schools in the area don’t begin until the end of January, not many students are back in Baltimore yet. I was unsure of what my tasks for the day would entail, but once I was set up, I was extremely busy and had no problem working for five hours straight.
Once I learned a little about the magazine and the different positions in the office, I began working in the fashion closet. Companies send clothing samples to use in upcoming issues, so there was a lot to sort through. I was responsible for unpacking any incoming shipments and for sending back old samples. I also had to create inventory checklists to make it easier for when it’s time to send the clothing back to the companies.
It was fun to go through the clothing (there were definitely some pieces that I loved!), but it was a little overwhelming to do it myself. I felt like I was organizing my closet again! However, once I organized the clothing by brand and style, it became much easier to rifle through the stacks and match up the items to my inventory list.
I was able to leave by 3pm so that I could rush off to pick up the kids that I babysit from school. As soon as they got in the car and saw that I was wearing a dress rather than my usual workout clothes, they asked me several questions about my internship. The little boy was incredulous that I would actually work for free. Once I explained to him the concept of an internship, he said, “Well, at least you’re dealing with clothes—which you love!”
While working in the fashion industry certainly is not all glamorous, it definitely is not The Devil Wears Prada, either. The editor who I’m working under is incredibly sweet and is far from another Miranda Priestly. I’ve already learned a great amount and I’m hoping to learn even more today.
I’ve received a few questions about what I’m wearing to my internship and what kind of lunch I’m packing, so I’m working towards including those into my post. Since I don’t have a designated lunch break, it’s easier for me to pack a variety of snacks that I can eat throughout the day. For today, I packed a banana, a gala apple, a clementine, a handful of grapes, a small Greek yogurt, and a string cheese. It’s low in protein, but took me only a few minutes to throw together this morning.
I just finished babysitting (I have a morning job) and now I’m at Starbucks answering a few blog-related emails before I have to head to the office. I babysit again this afternoon, so it’s a long day, but I like the change of pace. Plus, the kids never fail to entertain me and keep me in a good mood!
Have you ever had a Miranda Priestly in your work environment? The Miranda Priestley-types that I’ve encountered have actually helped me learn to be more assertive, which is definitely important in this particular industry.
What do you like to pack for lunch when you have a long day at work?