The Equinox team is a wonderful team to be a part of for the month, and a team unlike any other. If all PR and marketing firms had the wonderful dynamic and work ethic of this office in Llanishen, they would all be ideal places for us interns to flourish into the esteemed executives and directors of tomorrow.
The people at Equinox are warm, welcoming and funny as hell! But don’t let that dissuade you as to how worthwhile your month with them could be with their professional guidance. These are people with deadlines to meet and at the beginning of each week, they will greet you with a smile and your week’s worklist – so you know, the professionally-challenged need not apply.
There will be lots of laughs – but also, the incessant sound of overworked keyboards being punched ferociously, and at record speed. Some days, this sound will stay with you way past your five o’clock clocking-out time, but just as a chef come home smelling of garlic or a seared meat, you too will adjust to taking a piece of Equinox Ambiance home with you.
Yes, there will be a weekly worklist awaiting you every Monday morning, but they may spontaneously take you away from it any time something more exciting comes along suited to what you can do or have expressed a desire in doing or mastering. They’re good to us interns like that!
In the month I have been here, I’ve expanded my CV in ways I never thought possible in my brief time at Equinox, much less with the help of one company. There is a shortsightedness in many of us fresh-out-of- education interns that an internship at Equinox can correct. Once we have something that we are good at, we seem to only be interested in doing that one thing, taking for granted the importance of being professionally versatile. I wanted to learn how to write press releases and neglected the importance of liaising with clients over the phone or by email. Being forced to do so at Equinox has showed me the importance of having a good rapport with clients and other firms in general, equipping me with a better understand of the corporate side of things – something many of us with liberal or artistic leanings to our name sometimes take for granted. Suddenly, the expression ‘starving artist’ holds a different meaning. The firm is a money-making business like any other, first and foremost, so you have to be ready to do what needs to be done to make that money!
They are nice and accommodating people at Equinox, so put yourself forward if you’re reading this blog wondering whether to do so (this is that sign you’ve been waiting for!) But put your best and most concise version of yourself forward to them in your email. They are busy people who can only get you as far as your willing to get yourself. Tell them a bit about who you are, what you’ve done thus far, where you hope to be in the future, and how Equinox can help you get there. If you can read your email back to yourself and see that this is something that Equinox can accommodate, hit send.
You won’t regret it. I sure as hell don’t.