I’ve heard stories about people going out of their way to please their bosses, editors, managers, whomever – but never did I witness anything like that until I started my fashion internship.
Let me tell you about the Fashion Mag’s resident suck-up; let’s call her the Queen of the Interns. Because, due to her shameless hierarchy-climbing tactics, that’s exactly what she is.
The Queen of the Interns started her internship a week or two before I did, but while I took my time slowly getting used to the water, she dove right in with a splash.
The Queen’s actions were small and innocent at first. Coming in a few minutes early, staying a few minutes late. Nothing wrong here – I’ve done the same when I’ve been assigned a large return. But what started off as 10 minutes turned into an hour, sometimes even beating the fashion assistants and editors themselves to the office.
Still, the other interns and I barely noticed. We’re all in the same boat and will do anything to make ourselves stand out. All’s fair in love and war fashion, right? HA.
However, eventually the Queen crossed the line. A simple mid-day run to Starbuck’s revealed the Queen’s true colors.
Grande beverages in hand, she casually paraded over to one of the editor's desk.
“Editor,” the Queen said, “Starbucks made me two drinks by accident, do you want the other one?”
You could hear the jaws of the other interns hitting the floor. Somehow, I have a feeling that the “accident” had a $5 price tag.
Don’t get me wrong – the Queen is a dedicated and ambitious intern. She’s also intelligent and friendly. But the way she interacts with assistants and editors makes her seem like she’ll do anything to get to the top, even through excessive flattery.
Maybe the Queen has the right idea. Maybe that’s how to get ahead in this industry. But I just can’t see myself as a brown-noser. Then again, fashion is just my summer fling; editorial is where my heart lies. Perhaps if I were carrying out an editorial internship I’d feel differently.
What do you think, Edsters? Should you try and win brownie points with your higher ups through flattery, or is old-fashioned hard work the way to go?