I am looking for an intern who would help me with marketing both digitally and in the old-world way.
I see this marketing internship in my studio as a collaboration. I would hope to learn as much from you as you do from me. I work as an independent illustrator/artist and art teacher which requires that I do many of the jobs for which other, bigger businesses have staff: On top of my artistic work, there is: Administration; invoicing; prospecting; teaching; pricing; debt-collection; web site building, creating shows, etc.. The work is constant and very varied -and often fun -but marketing is an art skill that I don’t have. Your ideas and strategies will be listened to with interest and if worthwhile; implemented.
Likely items: Digital and real-world marketing strategies; Press-releases; Accompanying me on paint-outs to photograph proceedings (don’t worry -you won’t have to be a professional photographer – mobile phone shots are good); working together on and improving the website McSherryStudio.com; setting up relationships with organisations and news outlets…the list goes on.
My expectations (and probably the expectations of any business, creative or otherwise) are:
- Respect and courtesy: Please don’t approach me by impersonal email without having researched me and my work. A respectful approach will be heard: I will respectfully hear you out, even if I can’t take you on.
- You’ll be representing me to people who I hope to work with or already work with: please dress and present appropriately for work. I might be impressed by your creatively stunning and committed individuality but I know clients who would not.
- Show me that you can think for yourself and that you possess initiative. There’s no point in me taking on a marketing intern who I think I will perform tasks that I can’t do, only to find I’ve got to closely guide them along.
- Know how to address people in formal circumstances like writing a letter or an email or when phoning. Your English really doesn’t have to be perfect but the rules are the same in any language and besides, I’ll be there to correct the English where I can.
- Never make promises you can’t or won’t keep. This is a cardinal rule for life. For example, try your best to keep to your deadlines, whatever they are. Like turning up at meetings. I once arranged a formal meeting with seven students. Only two turned up. It was a sunny day (and we don’t get too many sunny days in Ireland but, you see; that’s just bad luck, isn’t it?) I turned up only to have my time wasted. That’s the world of work; turning up. Also, if you can’t make your deadline or if you’re going to be late, have the courtesy to phone in.