Desperately seeking Interns

It’s time. I need some consistent help on admin and photo shoots. We are busy over here and getting busier. While expanding and training someone can be scary, the pile of receipts on my desk is scarier.

The amazing Orlando and I lost the wonderful Bonnie last week; not actually lost, that would have been tragic, I mean just look at her:

She would be so sad, wondering the streets of LA yelling our names until she gave up and just whispered them. But instead she has moved. It is VERY sad. Like when Wicked lost the Tony to Avenue Q kinda sad. Or when they cancelled Veronica Mars before really concluding three mysteries kinda sad, although that was more criminal. At first shock, then just pain and sadness. Hopelessness, even.

She was an intern that turned quickly into a paid assistant, and she made me realize how much I needed (and continue to need) the right kind of help. She is now off to San Francisco to work for Google, because that’s what happens when you work at Emily Henderson Designs; companies like Google come and poach you. I mean as if you want to work at Google!! That crappy company that clearly doesn’t do anything creative, innovative, or interesting, and they treat their employees like crap. Plus, they are going bankrupt any day. Except opposite all of that. It’s pretty much one of the best companies in one the best cities (San Francisco), so I can’t help but be supportive.

But moving on, forgetting about that Bonnie and her new fancy pants job in a city where you don’t have to drive, Here’s what we are looking for back in LA:

1. Knowledge of Excel, Photoshop, and pretty much all Mac programs. Anything new and fancy they are teaching these kids in school. Social media stuff? Great. If you know how to code stuff? Amazing, although not necessary. List all these skills because I assure you I’m bad at all these things so they are pretty important and will make you an asset.

2. A Love of design and style. If you don’t like shopping, then it’s not the right fit. You’ll just be bored and that’s no good for anyone.

This internship is 20 – 25 hours for now. I’d be sooo happy to give college credit. It starts immediately, but I’ll wait til Monday to set up interviews so you have until then to pull stuff together.

So please send all your resumes to emilyhenderson – at – me.com

Oh, and please just cut and paste your resume into the body of the email that way I don’t have a ton of open docs on my computer and I can speed read at the beginning. You can attach it as well (because I know it’s a bummer to lose the pretty stuff when you screen grab). Include anything that is relevant to design and style. Any random skills. Link your blog, Instagram, Twitter feed, Pinterest … gimme it all.

If you are an interior design student, send me what your style is as well as the renderings you did/do in college because those don’t really tell me much. Create a mood-board of your dream room or anything that shows me where you want to go.

If you want to be part of the blog, then maybe a sample post? As of now I still write almost every post, and I may forever, but having that option is great. Also you’ll be emailing on behalf of me so a similar “vibe” is always good.

Think outside the box and beyond the resume. It’s not that I’m looking for a huge audition and for you to waste hours on this, but often just a resume doesn’t show how truly creative and interesting you are. I don’t want you bummed that you didn’t get the job because we didn’t really see you.

If you are wondering what to expect, please read this post I wrote about how to get and keep an entry level creative (or any) job. If this seems demanding and hardcore, then you probably aren’t the right fit. If this sounds super fun and exactly what you’d expect from a start-up creative company, then PLEASE apply.

While your duties will be annoying at times (unloading props from the flea market, packing up props, unpacking props, taping receipts, keeping the office organized, running around LA, doing returns, getting coffee, coordinating furniture), it is also full of fun online or flea market shopping, helping me organize and style shoots, planning the blog, petting the bear, crafting, creating DIYs, etc.

Plus, you’ll probably do this a lot:

 

Laugh and sip coffee in oh-so-hip coffee shop in Los Feliz. I’m sure a celebrity was close by, too. Probably someone really cool like Michael Cera or Zooey Deschanel doing something so normal. Oh stars, they really are just like us. It’s pretty much like an episode of The Office every day here. Or maybe more like Workaholics meets Friends but drunk on style and Pinterest all day long.

BYE, BYE, BONNIE!  You are already very missed.

Single tear … :)

Anyone?

  1. i don't even want to talk about what a dream opportunity this would be. please come relocate in boston and i will be your most amazing intern ever? best of luck finding someone awesome, i know you will have some wonderful options. and if you are looking to have some snow in your life and find that orlando misses the east coast enough, you could give that relocating to boston idea a good pondering :)

  2. i don't even want to talk about what a dream opportunity this would be. please come relocate in boston and i will be your most amazing intern ever? best of luck finding someone awesome, i know you will have some wonderful options. and if you are looking to have some snow in your life and find that orlando misses the east coast enough, you could give that relocating to boston idea a good pondering :)

  3. i don't even want to talk about what a dream opportunity this would be. please come relocate in boston and i will be your most amazing intern ever? best of luck finding someone awesome, i know you will have some wonderful options. and if you are looking to have some snow in your life and find that orlando misses the east coast enough, you could give that relocating to boston idea a good pondering :)

  4. i don't even want to talk about what a dream opportunity this would be. please come relocate in boston and i will be your most amazing intern ever? best of luck finding someone awesome, i know you will have some wonderful options. and if you are looking to have some snow in your life and find that orlando misses the east coast enough, you could give that relocating to boston idea a good pondering :)

  5. i don't even want to talk about what a dream opportunity this would be. please come relocate in boston and i will be your most amazing intern ever? best of luck finding someone awesome, i know you will have some wonderful options. and if you are looking to have some snow in your life and find that orlando misses the east coast enough, you could give that relocating to boston idea a good pondering :)

  6. Oh man, so jealous of who ever gets this. It would pretty much be my dream job, but you know nannying five kids is a close second. Plus, I wouldn't be unloading anything being 8 months pregnant so no help there either. I can barely unload my tiny daughter from her carseat. Hope you find someone AWESOME!!!

  7. RMC

    You say you would be happy to give college credit, can you please confirm that your design firm will?
    Thanks.

  8. EmilyHS

    Oh how I wish you needed an intern in the NY area! I'm moving to NJ in Feb. and will be jobless and hoping to take some interior design classes and possibly switch careers after 8 years as a graphic designer. If you expand to NY, I'll be your shopping buddy, blog manager, graphic designer, photo editor, furniture mover, coffee getter, etc.!

    Emilyhs

  9. Jessika G

    Gosh… if you ever need someone in Mexico City, let me know! =)

  10. Daria

    Omg if only you needed a NY intern.

  11. Geez I'm so mad. I would love to intern for you…sad face.

  12. What an amazing opportunity! I just "shared" your Facebook post about this position, as it is one thing to get the opportunity with an incredibly gifted interior designer like yourself but quite another to work with someone who has such a joyful and exuberant spirit! Hope you find someone who truly supports you and your team with that same level of enthusiasm and passion. As I believe in putting dreams out there it is one of my personal dreams one day to have the chance to collaborate one day with you as I am an Intuitive Counselor (yes that means empowering psychic coaching) and Intuitive Feng Shui Designer (think less wind chimes and crystal oriented and more design-oriented, Novogratz/Sarah Richardson/Sibella Court inspired, Pinterest obsessed)…
    http://www.elanakilkenny.blogspot.com and http://www.pinterest.com/elanakilkenny

  13. MJM

    Just to clarify, this is an unpaid internship?

  14. Jenni

    Seriously considering just moving out to L.A. now! Oh the epicness of being your intern. Coolest job ever! Good luck with the search, I hope you find the most perfect fit :)

  15. emily henderson

    @mjm this is unpaid. Most of the interns that have been the right fit have moved up to paid, but yes, this is technically an internship.
    @elana. Thank you Sooo much for all those amazing words.
    @rjm When we had interns on the show the production company filled out whatever information they needed to, so i never went through it, but yes i'll do whatever i can to make sure students can get work credit!

  16. joy

    Good luck Bonnie! It was so fun working with you! (Oh, and did I ever tell you, I think you could be a model. Just sayin'…. ;)

  17. OMG! This would be my dream job. If only I could afford to leave my full time boring gig to go work wih you guys. Love for shopping, check! Photography, check! Blogger, check! Easy going, check! Hard worker, check! Video editor, double check! Call me, maybe!

  18. Lauren Lou

    Oh my goodness, if only I could pack up and move to L.A….

  19. Rocio

    This sounds so good and I want it so bad … to bad I'm a 30 yr old living in Houston. Good luck with you search!

  20. These are good points there. I have searched the topic and have seen people will go with your blog.

  21. OMG! What an amazing opportunity! I'm getting my stuff together now! :) Dream job.

  22. Dang! If you could only move to the northeast, I'd be your person. I'm a Mac fanatic and in my past life made a living out of messing with very complicated scientific level applications. But since my industry has been downsized, I do drug design from home and spend a lot of time at interior design and architecture sites. I didn't know I loved design until I was forced to spend all day looking at my house.
    Anyway, I'm not looking for a lot of money. I'm looking for an opportunity to do something beautiful and edgy and weird and hard. Like woodworking. In the past year, I have rewired my bathroom lighting fixtures, replaced my faucets and garbage disposal, tiled a kitchen backsplash and made a "banquette" out of Ikea Stuvas benches that look so nice in my kitchen that my prospective home buyers have asked if they're staying (I really need to stop telling the truth about where they came from.) On the plus side, the open house has generated a lot of compliments and "house envy". Now, if someone would just make me an offer…
    Like I said, I could totally do this, if you're not looking for a strictly youngish type. My mind is open but not so far my brains have fallen out. Once the kid graduates and I sell this house, I'm available.
    Of course, you will have found someone by then, probably more to your liking, age cohort, educational specifications and all those other dreary employment qualifications and personality traits. But if you haven't, let me know.

  23. Dang! If you could only move to the northeast, I'd be your person. I'm a Mac fanatic and in my past life made a living out of messing with very complicated scientific level applications. But since my industry has been downsized, I do drug design from home and spend a lot of time at interior design and architecture sites. I didn't know I loved design until I was forced to spend all day looking at my house.
    Anyway, I'm not looking for a lot of money. I'm looking for an opportunity to do something beautiful and edgy and weird and hard. Like woodworking. In the past year, I have rewired my bathroom lighting fixtures, replaced my faucets and garbage disposal, tiled a kitchen backsplash and made a "banquette" out of Ikea Stuvas benches that look so nice in my kitchen that my prospective home buyers have asked if they're staying (I really need to stop telling the truth about where they came from.) On the plus side, the open house has generated a lot of compliments and "house envy". Now, if someone would just make me an offer…
    Like I said, I could totally do this, if you're not looking for a strictly youngish type. My mind is open but not so far my brains have fallen out. Once the kid graduates and I sell this house, I'm available.
    Of course, you will have found someone by then, probably more to your liking, age cohort, educational specifications and all those other dreary employment qualifications and personality traits. But if you haven't, let me know.

  24. Jennifer W

    I'm so glad that there's someone out there that's still as mad about Veronica Mars as me.

  25. Marissa

    Reading this I really want this internship. Unfortunately I am 25, live in Grand Rapids, MI, and have a great career as a web designer. But if my ship comes in and I don't *need* to work I will totally apply someday just for the opportunity to chat with you and Orlando at an outdoor cafe, go shopping for you, and markup the hell out of your blog. You're the best.

  26. Hi Emily- Are you still looking for interns? I would love to work for you! Sadly, I could only commit to 2 days a week – do you have a minimum days per week you require for this position? Thanks!