CCD: Tell us about your internship experience. What were your responsibilities?
Veronica: I oversaw the reconstruction of the company’s two websites (the main website that displays each collection and gives visitors information on the company, and the e-commerce website which sells bridal accessories such as belts, headpieces, party dresses, and veils). This included everything from managing gown pages, to generating copyright for the listings, to organizing photo shoots for the accessories. I also assisted in managing the Instagram account, which involved photographing dresses, creating captions, and going through each past post to create hashtags for individual gowns. I also drafted outreach proposals to other companies for potential partnerships.
CCD: How did you find the position? What helped you get it? What resources (at BU or elsewhere) did you use?
Veronica: I found this position and applied for it on BU’s Handshake website. I visited the Center for Career Development several times for help with my resume and cover letter, because it was one of the first times I had ever applied for an internship. I also made good use of BU’s Big Interview. When I interviewed for the position, I spoke with the designer on the phone, so I did some interview preparation according to the skills I took away from Big Interview.
CCD: What advice would you give to another student about making the most of an internship?
Veronica: Don’t be afraid to learn new things. I was at first apprehensive about applying to this internship, because I had no prior knowledge of the fashion business and feared I wouldn’t be able to make a worthwhile contribution. But overtime I learned how to apply the skills I learned from my classes at BU to the responsibilities in my internship, and it gained me a valuable perspective into both the fashion business and my own abilities. It can be intimidating at first to be thrust into a new field or a new industry, but an internship is “hands-on” for a reason – you need to adapt and be receptive to any new challenge that comes your way.