INTERNSHIPS

Internship

We want to provide the best learning experience we can for our interns.

 

  1. Be ready to learn: ELDS likes to think of an intern as a blank canvas.  We never like to assume what an intern does or doesn’t know.  Remember, everyone is different and we all learn things differently.
  2. Be professional: ELDS will let an intern know up front what we expect from them: dress, behavior, etc. We know that you cannot read minds so we will express our expectations.
  3. Fill out an application: Please fill out the application below and email it to tiffany@ericaleadesignstudios.com.  Please attach a copy of your resume to the email as well.
  4. Do a trial run: ELDS likes to have an intern come in for a 2 or 3 day trial run and interview. We make no guarantee that you will get the job. At the end of the last day we will determine if we can take you on.
  5. We offer a variety: We want our interns to learn all aspects of the industry.  ELDS doesn’t want to keep you doing the same thing over and over. Interns learn a little bit of everything.  For example — creating renderings, selecting fabrics, visiting local businesses to select items like wood flooring or tile, and meeting with clients. 
  6. We want you to feel at home: We want to make this a great learning experience for you. We work hard but we also have a lot of fun in an energetic (and sometimes loud) work environment. We want to know that an intern is getting the most from this internship. If you need something from your mentor, don’t be afraid to ask. If you need more instruction or need us to use a different teaching style that better helps you, please let us know.
  7. Pop Quizzes!: ELDS will give a test when an intern is signed on, just to see what they know and what they don’t. At the end of the internship you will be given the same test to show how far you have come with the knowledge that ELDS provides. There may be days that we might have an intern read an article and then give a quiz over the article.  After a meeting with a client or rep ELDS might have you give the highlights of the meeting.
  8. Benchmarks: ELDS has set benchmarks for projects such as, how long should it take to find a furniture (wallpaper, fabric, paint, etc.) piece that a client might like? How long should it take to draw up a sketch? These are things that we hope you strive to meet. 
  9. Balance: ELDS wants to be fair to the Interns. We try to balance criticism and praise. We know that everyone will have good moments and bad moments.
  10. We have an exit test and interview: When an intern is leaving, we will have a test (the same one you took when you signed on with ELDS) for you that covers what you should have learned in our time with us. The test could cover things like: How to measure for draperies? What are double rubs? What are some different design styles? What is your favorite design style and why? Etc.  At that time we would also like to hear your feedback!  Did you like it here?  What can we do to make this a better place for future interns?
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