Passionate about furthering her interests in the fashion industry, Eva Balcazar embarked on Intern Abroad HQ’s 12-week Design internship in Prague, Czech Republic. Read about how she found settling into a different culture, a foreign workplace, and an exciting new social media role in the fashion industry.
First impressions of interning in Prague
It took a little while for me to get used to a new city and country. Many people in Prague speak English which was helpful in so many ways. I was pleasantly surprised to see such a variety of cultures, styles of art and cuisine in the city.
The orientation from my local coordinators was a fantastic way for me to get a feel of the city and helped me to feel more confident with the transportation system. I was also given lots of tips on how to make the most of my time in Prague which was a great insight.
Settling into my internship placement
I was quite nervous about meeting the companies I would be working with, but it didn’t take long for me to realise that each company is simply excited to have someone willing to help them and to hit the ground running. I had a wonderful opportunity to go for a walk with one of my supervisors and explore the historical sights and talk about the history of Prague. It was really eye-opening and helped me to put some context to the place I will be living in for the next few months.
My social media tasks as a Fashion intern
During my internship, I took on the role of social media marketer. I assisted in the maintenance of social media platforms through the development of post and advertisement campaign strategies. I produced content to post, assisting in follower engagement and maintaining a posting schedule. Social media is a known necessity in fashion businesses, as it has a good outreach for current and potential customers. Maintaining a good social media presence can nurture a good relationship with your buyers and keep them informed about your company.
Social media marketing has grown to be very important within the field of fashion and this internship is helping me develop that skill set. This experience will be appealing to brands and potential partners who want to upkeep their social media presence.
Proudest moments of my internship experience
My biggest success during my internship abroad was working alongside my supervisor who owns a jewellery business. I believe that my marketing work really made a difference in improving her social media strategy and motivating her to continue her business pursuits. Being able to show my creative side by doing photoshoots and designing brochures was so incredibly rewarding. From here I want to continue to push myself in pursuing fashion-related job opportunities and I am willing to take up new challenges in this field.
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Why I loved interning in Prague
Prague is a great place for anyone who may be nervous about traveling to a new country. Many people speak English, the transportation is easy to learn, and it feels very safe. It’s a great location to learn how to connect with people on a professional level and make new connections. No matter what field you are interning for; you will meet people along the way who can offer you some good advice or who you can save in your contacts for future needs.
Prague offers many incredible and historical sights in both the Old Town Square and New Town. There’s a range of art galleries, many located in beautiful buildings, as well as stage performances and orchestras to attend. During my internship there were many events related to fashion/design/social media that I was able to attend. I was able to see a lot of new things and learn from them.
I would highly recommend going window shopping as there is a section of the city devoted to high-end fashion brands, where you can look at the clothing up close and learn a few interesting facts about their brands and the building they’re located in. The weather was warm and sunny, and I had many great experiences trying the food.
For anyone considering interning abroad…
To learn more about your internship destination’s culture and customs and ease culture shock, I recommend discussing your new environment with the local people once you arrive in-country. Don’t be afraid to talk to your supervisor or peers and ask questions about them, their lives, and their work. This is a great way to get a much more personal insight into how they view their own culture.
I would also recommend doing research on any major events related to your preferred field and interning during those times so you can make the most of your experience.
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