June 28, 2012 by poppy in WIWT News
There is a hell of a lot going on at WIWT.com at the moment, it's a little bit mental. Because of this, it would be good to have an intern or two around. And judging by the fact I am constantly tweeted about internships, we may as well offer some.
You do not need to be based in London to intern, it is possible to work from home (wherever home is) BUT I personally think you'll get the most from your internship if you can travel to London for events, work shadowing and so on. I would definitely need you to be able to travel to London at the start of the internship to meet me and learn all our backend shiz.
Similarly, I am pretty flexible about part time interns. If you'd rather intern part time, this might be possible. Please let me know if you can only do part time when applying.
Before banging on any further, these are the requirements/skills you must possess if you want your application to be considered.
World class writing skills. Grammar/spelling mistakes will result in bloodshed. (Kidding, but you will get mega evil stares).
Attention to detail. You’re not ‘that girl/guy’ who accidentally CCs rather than BCCs. Proofing is normal to you, not a chore.
An analytical mind. Being creative is all wonderful and airy fairy and brill, but you need to get the business side of things too. Graphs don’t scare you. Stats are cool!
Ability to multitask. Working in a start-up often means juggling a zillion things at once. Whilst eating a burrito. Whilst someone plays Call of Duty in the background.
Professionalism. We can be lairy and silly and whatnot, but we have a huge amount of respect for our users and clients and journalists and parents and so on. We don’t want divas, good manners are our favouritest.
MS Office proficiency. You can write a letter without help from the paperclip. Excel doesn’t make you puke.
Willingness to learn. That’s obvious, right?
SM skillz. You’re already blogging, using FB, Twitter, Google Analytics etc etc. We’re gonna teach you LOADS, but you already know how to use social media tools for things other than stalking the ex. You ideally understand basic HTML or at the very least aren't terrified by it. Again, a willingness to learn is paramount if there are gaps in your knowledge base.
You should be a WIWT user or be ready to explain to me why you're not. I get lots of emails from people who are "massively passionate about WIWT" yet don't seem to know anything about it. Don't be that applicant. Know the site inside out.
You know your Primark from your Prada and you love them both equally.
Flexibility. Some people thrive on things changing last minute and no two days being the same, other people have a mini meltdown. You need to be flexible and excited about an ever changing workload.
Happy to do boring things. I do some unspeakably boring things, it's not all slebby parties and free shit. Some days you might do admin aaaaaaaall day, but you can do it at home in your pyjamas with the telly on, so it's hardly like being down the mines.
And what will you get from this opportunity?
Well it really depends how much you put into it. You will learn how a business like WIWT.com actually works, you'll get to do ACTUAL stuff on the site that has your name to it and you can be proud of, you'll do some very fun things that definitely don't feel like 'work' and if you can indeed be in London some of the time, then you can shadow me at meetings with biiiiiiig ass brands. It will definitely be an amazing insight into the kray kray world of digital fashion.
Working in a start-up is fun, it's how I got into building this silly WIWT.com shiz in the first place. Hopefully you can learn a lot from me, the way I learnt a lot from my first internet bosses.
Enough rambling, this is getting a bit Oprah.
If you want to be considered please email me telling me...
Also include a CV and anything else you think is relevant.
Thanks ever so much xxx