how to intern at hedgehog – by talia stone

A few steps, tips, and tricks to make the most of your Hedgehog experience.

When you’re approached with taking your first steps into the world of media and communications, joining an agency as an intern can seem quite daunting.

What do I say? What do I do? What do I wear? What do I do with my hands?

Not to worry, this guide will give you some insight into making the most of your Hedgehog internship experience with a healthy balance of good work and good fun.

Why are they called that?

Because the CEO is a Hedgehog.

(Yes, it’s an inclusive workplace).

Make a good impression:

First things first, you’re going to want to make a good impression.

Sure you can wear something nice, compose yourself well, have good manners, be polite, and produce good work, but at Hedgehog there’s a much easier way to get involved…

Snacks.

At 4 pm just as lunch has settled, the day nears its close, and minds are wired, the assortment of m&m’s, chips, lollies, and hot cross buns (maybe this is just a seasonal one) come out to fuel the team on a sugar high that keeps the business running.

Take advantage. It’s not every day you can contribute to such a crucial component of a businesses inner workings.

But let’s start at the beginning of the day…

Stand ups:

I know what you’re thinking, the staff promptly turn into comedians to start everyone off with a laugh.

Unfortunately, I too was starkly misled by the name.

While these discussions can be quite funny, they are very client/task focussed and a good chance for everyone to get on top of what needs to be done for the day or upcoming week.

Use this as an opportunity to gain some insight into what goes on in the day to day life of an agency.

Sure, you’ve gotten to see some of Hedgehog’s creative work before, but this is how those babies are born. So pay close attention and take in the creative mist encircling you.

Day to day:

The best thing about interning at such a dynamic, creative, and hands-on agency is that no two days are the same.

Although the songs can loop once in a while, the tasks will keep you on your toes.

From blog posts to creative solutions, to podcasts, there’s no way of knowing what tasks await you.

The vibe:

Down at Hedgehog HQ, the Spotify playlists are ever changing, there’s an ex-rockstar in the office, there are a myriad of seating locations, books to read, and Hedgehogs to be inspired by.

If that isn’t enough for you, the pop culture-heavy midday conversation, gif sending, basketball playing, and coffee making should give you an idea of the family vibe that goes on here.

What do I do?

As written loud and clear on their webpage, utilise your voice, muse, vibe, sound, aesthetics, creativity, and personal touch to “breathe life into brands that matter” because ultimately,  the key is to put yourself out there, say yes to whatever comes your way, and just give it a go.

So… when do I get to meet Hilda?

Hilda only makes it out for her best employees, so work hard, play safe, shazam the songs you’ve never heard before and I’m sure she’ll be ‘round in no time.

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