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internshipIf you take an interior decorating program through a college, they may arrange internships for students. Ask if they have an internship program when you register.

Assuming you are not attending a college that arranges internships, there are a couple of ways to set one up yourself. First, decide which companies you would like to work with. Then start calling.

If it’s a large company (such as a manufacturer of home decorating products), you can ask their human resources department if they have an internship program. If they do have such a program they will tell you how to apply.

If you want to work with a small company such as an interior decorating or interior design firm, ask to speak with one of the owners. (To find out the owner’s name, ask the receptionist or look the company up on the Internet first.) Whether you get through to the owner, or speak with someone else in the company, explain that you would like to volunteer your services as an intern.

While you might think any company would jump at the chance for free labor, some companies are so busy the owner may feel they don’t have time to train an intern. (In a few cases an interior designer may not want to help train a potential competitor,

either.) So be prepared to sell yourself, using your persuasive communication skills. Explain why you will bring value to the company.

 

One thing that most companies need is help doing the tasks that no one else wants to do. If you are willing to answer telephones, make copies, run errands, do the filing – in other words, if you are willing to do “whatever it takes” to help them out – say so.

If someone is interested in having you intern for them, they will ask you to come in for an interview and may ask to see your resume and portfolio. In many ways, applying for an internship is similar to applying for a job.

 

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