Marie Alberto, BA (Hons) Design for Art Direction
Before applying to any internships, Instagram, Linked In and Google were (and are still) my first choices to look into.
I would (and still) note down the studios I found interesting from Instagram and then research in depth through LinkedIn for their academic and career path in order for me to expand a bit more my internship lists and then Google to look at their experiences and interviews they made for magazines or websites.
Research, research, research.
Research the studio you want to work and intern for.
This is what we are all currently doing.
Research the exact person you are applying to (and if you are brave enough, call the studio and ask).
It's a changing game for the e-mails, I promise you!
Research about the company (and see if it suits with your values) and remember the key elements (Who? What? When? Where? And also, How? could be useful too).
You don't need to remember everything as they will present you their company on the day of the interview but it's good to come up and relate to what they are talking about. (ex: your interviewer presents a book and you know what that book is about because your research it last night, then show your enthusiasm!!!)
Research about the person who will interview you.
If you have social media accounts, use them. Stalk the person who will interview you (it's kind of fun and bit creepy but cool!). On Instagram or LinkedIn, you would discover their work, their inspirations and moodboard, where they studied, where they worked, what job position they have now etc... Could be interesting! Luckily that person could have been in the same university as you, or know a tutor that they had many years ago (could be a great conversation!)
Research the location of your interview, in advance.
I have noticed that in London, many of the studios are hidden behind yards or inside of houses. Make sure you visit the studio few days before or arrive 30mins prior to the interview in order for you to not get lost and be late to the meeting.