Stuck on Glue - My Internship Experience at GLUE Store
Words by Melissa Jolley
If you're a fashion forward, brand obsessed, streetwear guru you'd definitely be aware of youth-oriented retailer, Glue Store. Founded in 1999, the company has multiple stores & employs an estimate of 500 - 1000 staff nationwide.
Over the past two months I've been lucky enough to intern as a Stylist / e-Commerce assistant for Glue in their Homebush office. Having been told that Glue was a potential opportunity for me by Bryce prior to starting TFI I had already built up excitement around the idea of actually interning there; low & behold just a week into the course I received the email offer.
Naturally, my first day was filled with nerves & excitement, I hadn't interned in Fashion for roughly four years since my previous course & really didn't know what to expect. However, after being on site for no more than 10 minutes my nerves quickly disappeared because of how welcoming the entire team was. I even had the Online Content Manager Alex ask me if I wanted a coffee as he was shouting everyone; I was really taken back by the gesture.
Since my first day I've assisted on numerous Men's & Women's shoots; tasks include steaming, preparing garments as well as dressing the model's. Some of my most exciting experiences have been where I've had the opportunity to give my creative input. Currently, I've assisted the Online Content Producer, Mon with styling outfits for a "3 Ways to Wear" campaign, been given full creative freedom by Photographer, Johnny to create flat lays for a few Peta + Jain handbags to go online as well as writing style advice & product descriptions for their e-commerce site. Being given these tasks alone has made the experience at Glue even more exciting, it's nice to feel included & part of a team.
Sadly, I'm coming up to just over two months of interning at Glue which means it will be time to move on soon. I still have another month to go so I'll definitely be making the most of it. I'm grateful for the experiences & the people I've met during this time, it will definitely be sad to leave once my three months are up. Here's to the next four weeks & all the exciting opportunities installed ahead.