Do those extra little things.
Don’t go overboard or try to restructure the entire company, but do little extra things like help to keep things organized or be the intern who volunteers to do things that aren’t mandatory.
“We got thrown into Fashion Week pretty early on in our company’s existence, and my bosses saw that I was a bit OCD and loved a nicely organized Excel chart (which is crucial in Fashion Week planning), said Adler. “These small things are remembered by your mentors and peers.”
Nora Crotty, who’s now our Assistant Editor, found that making an extra effort helped her as well. “I put an emphasis on coming up with funny, original story ideas for the site and volunteered to do party and event reporting as much as I could,” she explained.
Shinye Suk, a designer at Derek Lam, really went the extra mile while interning at the company, doing quite a bit of extra work on her portfolio outside of her internship that later came in handy. “I kept updating my portfolio professionally and made one special project focused on Derek Lam’s design aesthetic. After six months of interning, I asked Derek if he could review my portfolio and he did it and offered me an apprenticeship. Thus, I got to work much closer to the design team and I did everything I could to prove that I was a needed person in the team. I especially tried to show my design aesthetic when they asked me to drape something or make mock-ups or fabric treatments.” After six months of apprenticing, she was hired as a designer.