As the semester comes to a close, many students, including myself are finishing off our semester long internships. While this is my first internship through the school, I think there are a few standard requirements to say goodbye to your internship and leave on a good note. Here’s my advice:
Thank you note. This is pretty standard, but it is important that you thank your supervisor(s) for giving you this opportunity. A handwritten note given on the last day of your internship is always better than an email. You don’t want to just leave without something physically tangible. Whether your internship was amazing or not what you expected, you still learned what you liked and didn’t like. You got something out of it, whether it was this grand wealth of knowledge or information to contribute to your future best-selling novel about internships. Who knows?
A gift.While a thank you note is pretty much required, a gift is not. It is though a very nice gesture to show your appreciation for your supervisor. Whether you’re getting Baked by Melissa cupcakes for the whole department, our an individual Crumb’s cupcake, show your appreciation for your higher ups.
A letter of recommendation and/or reference. One of the most important things about an internship experience is what you learn and who you meet. Having a letter of recommendation that you can bring to future interviews is a massive asset. Ask your supervisor kindly for a letter of recommendation when you leave your internship rather than 6 months down the road and 24 hours before your interview. The same goes with a reference. Some supervisors may not want to be bothered, so check with your supervisor first and ask them what sort of communication they are okay with. Do they prefer a phone call or email? Be sure to ask!
End on a good note. Many sayings derive from “you’re only as good as your last (insert word)”. This goes for internships too. Just because it’s your last day or week, that doesn’t mean you should slack off or not take on new projects. Give it your all as if it was your first week. Be sure to leave on a positive note so that #3 will turn out in your favor.
Reflect on what you learned. Internships are all about the learning experience so reflect on what you gained from your semester. Decide what you want from your next internship and if you changed your career path or mindset compared to the beginning of your internship.
Update your LinkedIn. This goes hand in hand with #5. While the internship is still fresh in your mind, update your LinkedIn with the type of assignments and tasks that you did at your internship. It’ll be much easier now when it’s fresh in your mind compared to a year from now because you finally reset your password!
If you have been keeping up with the blog, you’d know that I am planning on living off campus in an apartment next year. I spent my entire spring break looking, having appointments, and well…stressing out. Here are some tips that I have for those of you looking for apartments in the future:
Download StreetEasy: StreetEasy a website that lists apartments on the market in your area. You can put in all of your criteria as far as budget, neighborhoods, amenities, etc. It’s an incredible website and it also has an app so you can constantly be checking new listings, saving apartments to your favorites on your account, and reaching out to the buildings themselves.
Be prepared: Myself and my roommate didn’t use a broker because of the amounts of research that was done in advanced. For a year now, I have been taking notes in my phone of buildings that I pass by and writing down their addresses to look up later. While you don’t have to be constantly on the watch and taking notes for an entire year, it is good to not start from scratch, but StreetEasy also makes it simple if you don’t have a ton of apartment requirements.
Talk things out beforehand: While this may seem like common sense, be sure that everyone involved is on the same page with what you are looking for not only in an apartment but as a roommate as well.
Don’t compromise: Remain firm in what you want in an apartment. If you know that you are going to be miserable commuting from the Upper East Side (6 to the S to the 1…no thank you), then don’t do it. Half of the battle with going to school is getting there! And if you are an Art & Design major, the supplies that you have to bring with you can make a simple commute 100000x worse, especially at prime rush hour times.
Ask questions: Ask whomever you made the appointment with tons of questions! Ask about what’s included in the rent, how long the rent would be, the application process, the necessary documents, if there have been any issues with bedbugs or cleanliness, the laundry room, and the environment of the building. You don’t want to move in and be unhappy now, do you?
I hope these tips helped! Feel free to ask any questions about apartments!
A little over 2 years ago, I was accepted into my dream school (FIT…obviously). I was in the kitchen when I saw the letter and I was so incredibly nervous. Both of my parents were in the room as I started to open the envelope. I saw one word…”Congratulations” and I immediately dropped to the floor. I started screaming and I was grinning from ear to ear. I then obviously had to call everyone I knew and tell everyone all over Facebook and Instagram and everything. Even being a photography major, I immediately resorted to taking a picture in Photo Booth on my MacBook. What was I thinking? Was I an 8th grade teen all over again? And with it being take in Photo Booth, the image was backwards on top of everything. (Never again).
If you have recently been accepted, share your story in the comments about where you were! What are you most excited for when coming to FIT?
For all of you that may or may not know, I am a part of Blush Magazine, the beauty and fashion magazine here at FIT as the Senior Photo Editor. Our brand new Spring issue comes out this week on newsstands here at FIT. Be sure to pick up a copy before they are gone! Everyone on the Blush Magazine team works really hard to put out a really strong and beautiful issue. We are completely student run from the articles to the photo shoots to the layout and more. If you want to join Blush Magazine, we meet on Tuesday’s (not every week) in B736 during common hour. We are having a meeting tomorrow, 3/24 for planning for our summer issue! If you miss this meeting, email email@example.com to find out information for our future meetings. Below is a sneak preview of our fashion editorial shoot for this spring issue!
As a freshman and sophomore I made a decision to live in on campus housing. I definitely think that I benefited from those experiences, especially freshman year. I made a lot of friends and it’s nice to have everyone accessible for group projects or help with homework all within your building. As I look towards my junior year here, I am looking into moving off campus. I am doing this because I want to move in with one of my friends from home, who does not attend FIT. I also want to be more independent as far as living independently and creating a space that feels like my own. While New York has become my home, I don’t think it will truly feel like home until I separate myself from campus. I think that if I had gotten an apartment sooner than this upcoming year, it would have been too soon. You need to experience the life living in a dorm and create friendships within FIT. If I had lived in an apartment this year, I feel that my sophomore year experience would have been very different, not necessarily bad, but different. I feel like once you get your own place, you take on a completely different lifestyle and independence. I am looking forward to living off campus and the responsibilities that come with it, but I’ll report back in several months to tell you how things are going and to give my tips and tricks!
New York, New York. The infamous city at the epicenter of the fashion industry. That reason alone should convince you enough to come to school in NYC. New York is always described as a city of constant movement and fast paced energy. Everything that you do here is rapid and working towards your career. The wonderful thing sometimes is that I don’t have time to stress because I have SO much always going on. New York is always moving forward and bettering itself, and simultaneously, so are the people. New York has it all…except a conveniently located Target (Yes, I’m bitter). The opportunities pour from every corner and street sign. If you don’t take advantage of New York City, you are wasting away incredibly opportunities. Don’t wait for New York to hand you an opportunity, go out and find the opportunities for yourself. New York City is truly your oyster.
At FIT, you have many opportunities to do a credited internship through the school. Along with the internship in the field, you also are required to take an internship class simultaneously. The internship class itself only meets 6 times throughout the semester. Having already attended 3 out of the 6 classes, I figured that I would fill you in on what usually happens in an internship course:
You discuss your internship and your experiences each time you meet
You reflect on what went well in your internship and what accomplishments, big or small you achieved
Write journals reflecting on your experience and how you can improve
Submit your internship time sheets
Have a midterm evaluation by your supervisor
Discuss your company’s mission statement
Network with other students within the class to gain connections and hear about their internship experience for your future reference
Commonly realize that there are so many people in your building from FIT
The class thus far has really helped me evaluate my internship and what I can improve on as an intern. Hope this helps some of you curious about the internship process!
They say that college/university is supposed to be the best 4 years of your life. It’s a chance to be free from home yet still taken care of by your guardians. I think to set yourself up to make something the best 4 years of your life is setting yourself up to have fake fun for the sake of the fear of missing out. I know that university won’t be the best 4 years of my life because I dedicate myself 2000% to my education and my future career to ensure that I will have a stable career and a certain lifestyle post-graduation. I see the front desk people of the gym more than I see my friends. I couldn’t tell you the last time that I explored New York, but these are all my choices. But planning and trying to make 4 years the best 4 years of your life puts a lot of pressure on you. You’re allowed to do what you want to do, but don’t feel forced by the social norms of college. There isn’t a college checklist or bucket list of things or events or milestones that you must accomplish by graduation. Dedicate yourself to you and not what you think your high school classmates expect you to post on Instagram. Live for you and make your FIT college experience your own experience. Write your own stories.
I’m sure many of you reading this blog are students who have applied to FIT or want to apply in the future. What I would have loved to know as a prospective student was “What is a typical day like for an FIT student?” Hopefully this post gives you an idea. However, please note that not all schedules are similar and I am choosing to overload myself but this course load is not required! I am taking 21 credits, 7 classes, 2 of which are online classes, if that gives an idea.
7:20 am: Gym
9:10 am – 12:00 pm: Portfolio Class
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm: Lunch Break
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm: Portfolio Class continued
4:00 pm: Homework, & Studying
If you would have asked me what I wanted to do with my life this time last year, I would have told that you I was going to be a beauty photographer shooting ad campaigns for Sephora, Urban Decay, and Chanel. Today if you were to ask me, I would say that I want to be a photo editor on the digital aspect of a magazine (the .com/social media portion) and a group fitness instructor. It’s amazing how much changes over a year. While my life did not change all that much, I am different person compared to freshman year me. I am more responsible, passionate, confident in myself as a person and an artist. I didn’t give up on my dream, my dream just changed a little bit. I am still in the photography realm of everything, but my outcome and how I picture my life upon graduation and 10 years plus has changed.
It is important especially in college, and a college like FIT to continue to keep an open mind and to know that it is okay to change your mind. While it can be difficult to completely switch gears at FIT, imagine yourself out of college and try to imagine what you want to be doing regardless of your declared major. Go after your passions and take control of what you love. Don’t let anyone stop you.