Archive for January, 2012
This post was written by Alicia, one of Lauren’s own interns! She goes to school at Towson University. Alicia is a Mass Communication major (with tracks in Public Relations and Advertising) and an Italian minor.
This week, I will be focusing on my summer internship applications – and I think you should be, too. Most of the agencies I am applying to have deadlines as early as the first week in January, and those deadlines are rapidly approaching. Take the time this week to knock out all of your applications so that you have the rest of your winter break to relax.
For starters, research all of the companies you want to apply to. Make a list of around 15 organizations, big or small, that you want to intern with. While that seems like a lot of companies, it’s better to keep your options open and have multiple offers than to be without an offer for this summer.
When I am looking into companies to intern with, I make an Excel spreadsheet that organizes company information with my application status. For each organization, I list:
- links to the internship application so I can find it easily when I am ready to apply
- notes about the company – including things I like about the culture, practice areas I’d like to work in, clients I want to work with, and most importantly, contact information of anyone I know that works within the company that could put me into contact with the internship coordinator
- application due dates
- date I apply, in case I need to reference it in a follow-up conversation
- company’s response – in some cases, you might be told that you don’t meet the company’s qualifications (I’ve been rejected based on my class standing before, some companies only hire seniors in college in order to hire them after their internship) – but it’s good to note these things so you can apply again in the future
- salary offered – however, you shouldn’t expect many companies to offer paid internships unless they are full time
- interview date – to keep track of when I am scheduled for interviews so I don’t schedule interviews at the same time
- and finally, I have an offer column in case I am lucky enough to be offered multiple internships –this section is particularly helpful if you are looking into internships for which the time commitment is only a few hours per week; that way, you can accept multiple internships at different companies
Organizing your internship applications will really help you stay on track to land your dream summer internship(s). Good luck with your internship search and remember: any company would be lucky to have you as an intern!
The Intern Queen Campus Ambassador program provides a forum for driven college students to express themselves through professional networking, personal development, blogging, and peer-to-peer connections. They actively promote the Intern Queen message on over 100 college campuses worldwide. These students are bright, ambitious, and the future leaders of our nation.
We are looking for male and female students who are:
- Graduating May 2013, 2014, or 2015
- Involved, ambitious, and always seeking new opportunities
- Great organizers and communicators
- Always thinking “how can I make the most out of this situation?”
- Active on social media platforms (such as Facebook and Twitter)
- Influential on their college campus
- Aware of the importance of internship opportunities and are ready to focus on their future!
What do they do?
- Spread the word about InternQueen.com to their campus (and social network)
- Blog and video blog once per month, which are posted on Intern Queen Blog
- Participate in one Campus Ambassador contest each semester
- Help us spread the word about our partner brands and test new products from brands we work with
- Coordinate Intern Queen events on their campus
- Provide feedback about new websites, ideas, brands, and products
- Network with other Ambassadors and their connections!
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This blog is written by Hillary, our Campus Ambassador at Virginia Tech. She is studying Communications with a concentration in PR.
Interning while simultaneously maintaining a vegetarian diet can be difficult at times. How are you supposed to have time to prepare healthy AND vegetarian dishes and snacks, while constantly doing tasks for your internship? Here is a list of some of my favorite healthy, while still vegetarian, options – don’t
worry, they won’t take long to prepare either:
- Amy’s brand frozen meals
- Annie’s macaroni & cheese
- Health is Wealth veggie nuggets
- Odwalla juices
- Michael Season’s baked puffs
- MorningStar vegetarian burgers
Want to make a simple vegetarian meal that is also low in calories? Here’s one way to serve up a veggie burger:
What you’ll need-
- One thin-sliced bagel (I prefer Thomas brand)
- One MorningStar black bean burger
- Lettuce, tomato, or any other toppings you like
- Calorie free dressing – ranch or chipotle ranch (I prefer the Walden Farms brand)
Follow the instructions (available on the box) for preparing the black bean burger. While doing this, toast the bagel to your liking. Once toasted, combine all other ingredients on the bagel and add the black bean burger. Now, you have a vegetarian burger that is also healthy – Enjoy!
This blog is written by Stephanie, our campus ambassador from Clemson University.
We all want to get that fashion internship of our dreams and hopefully we all will. To have a better likelihood of getting that internship, it is important to network and gain experience. This is obvious to us all. However, today there are so many interesting ways to do this.
Social Media: Believe it not, I got my first internship from Twitter! A designer used her 140 characters to ask for potential interns. I ended up interviewing and landing the position! None of the other interns in the office could believe it. This is why following all of your favorite designers, brands, and companies is extremely important. You never know when they’ll ask for your resume or teach you something valuable!
Virtual Internships: We are all busy at school and cannot intern during the semester. This is when virtual internships are a lifesaver. I’ve personally already had three of these. Most of the time, students act as campus representatives for some company and endorse their product. A lot of fashion brands offer these so keep a look out at InternQueen.com!
Volunteering: It may not sound as fancy as an internship, but it certainly is just as valuable. Volunteering at fashion week is an incredible opportunity. I have volunteered for Charleston Fashion Week (which led to an internship!) as well as Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. You can learn so much from these experiences and it shows other employers that you can handle the extremely fast paced atmosphere.
Also ask stores, designers, photographers, or anyone if they ever need a volunteer. Many times this could lead to an internship or job in the future. I once drove four hours to volunteer with a designer and stylist for the day during a photo shoot. Now they will forever be great networking for me!
Don’t forget to take every opportunity that comes your way! Keep an open eye and you’ll be surprised at what you will find!
Sara Gaona is a senior at Fairleigh Dickinson University. She is a Communication major with minors in Public Relations and Sociology. She just finished interning at The Rachael Ray Show last semester and is interning at The Hip Event in Montclair, NJ as well as virtually for AArrow Inc. She will be graduating this May!
This past semester I interned at a television show that taped in Midtown East! I fell in love with that part of NYC and the food there never failed to please. So here are some places I highly recommend, well my favorites for breakfast, lunch, and well dinner:
696 deli (696 3rd ave, NY, NY 10017) Not only does 696 have affordable breakfast which includes a bacon egg and cheese for about 3.50 to an omelet for $5 tops, but their food is great and fresh! I’ve never had a bad experience there and would go there daily for a hearty breakfast to start my day! FYI they also serve lunch, I believe, after 11 am!
Potbelly Sandwich Shop (150 E 44th st, NY, NY 10017) Potbelly is a chain, but it definitely carries some of the best sandwiches I’ve had in my life. They have everything from a meatball sub to the best roast beef sandwiches for just $6! You can also add extra meat for less than a dollar extra! They also have great cookies and chips you can get with your food!
Blarney Stone Pub (710 3rd Ave #1, NY, NY 10017) Want something filling for 5 bucks and under? Well my favorite at Blarney- was their rotisserie chicken with two sides. It is enough food for two days, and is super affordable. They have everything from burgers, to chicken fingers, and anything that you can imagine would be at a bar. Blarney has always given me great service on my lunch breaks!
Sophie’s Cuban Cuisine (369 Lexington Ave. NY, NY, 10017) Want amazing Cuban food in the city? Want some Ropa Vieja to keep warm on these cold days, go to Sophies! For $9 you can get lunch for two days there also. Its only the best Cuban cuisine; you get a choice of an entree and two sides. I highly recommend getting some empanadas if you can as well! I love this place!!! Order ahead if you can and it’ll be ready when you get there!
Pizza Rustica (817 2nd ave, NY, NY, 10017) Pizza Rustica has amazing pizza for one, and they also have an affordable lunch special! For $6-7 you can get an entree, a pasta, and veggie side. They fill the container so you have plenty of food! I love their pizza and dishes, and I want to try their dinner dishes eventually!
This blog is written by Victoria, our IQ Campus Ambassador from West Virginia University.
When there’s snow coating the ground and it’s freezing cold outside, the last thing I’m thinking about is being fashionable and cute when going to classes. Normally I’m a yoga pants and North Face kind of girl during the winter. However, dressing cute in the cold, sometimes unbearable, months doesn’t have to be hard! Just a few things and you can spice up a boring winter outfit!
First, add a colorful scarf with that plain coat! Anything for a patterned scarf, to a solid bright color will work. By doing this, your adding accessories to your look. Not only will it make you look more put together, but it will also help to keep you warm while walking to classes! Also, try tying your scarf in difference ways. Try a rounded wrap around, or even just a basic knot. Either way, adding a scarf will definitely add some color to your outfit!
Instead of normal boots, or moccasins, try leather riding boot or rain boot. Leather riding boots can be worn with leggings, yoga pants, or jeans. So riding boots match with almost any outfit. Wearing a boot will also help to make your outfit more put together. Rain boots are also a great option. Rain boots come in many different colors and patterns, and are perfect in snowy conditions. Match a rain boot with your scarf and you’ll be good to go!
Finally, pair a cute bag with your outfit. Once again, accessories in the winter are perfect! They can take any boring outfit, to very cute. Bring any cute bag that matches the colors in your outfit, and fill it with books and other class necessities. You can find cute winter bags anywhere from Forever 21, Charlotte Russe, and Target. Cute tote bags are much better than a backpack.
So when you wake up to snow all around campus, make sure you try to keep your outfit warm and cute!
This blog is written by Jackie, our campus ambassador from University of New Hampshire.
Ali Merrell is a senior Communications major at the University of New Hampshire. Last summer, she landed a once in a lifetime opportunity to intern with IMG Fashion. Merrell is a fashionista herself, who others will most likely emulate after reading about her amazing experience!
1. How did you land the opportunity to intern with IMG Fashion?
I knew I wanted to intern at IMG very early on, yet the company has numerous incredible divisions including sports, models, and media, so narrowing down a department was a hard decision to make. To apply, I e-mailed a cover letter and resume to their career department for a Summer internship. I applied very far in advance, I believe around the Holiday season. As an applicant, you also need proof from your University that you will be getting credit for the internship, as it is unpaid. It is an extremely competitive program – with over 1,500 applicants for around 40 spots!
2. You were abroad (Scotland) Spring 2011 semester, how did you stay focused with your career goals from overseas, and manage to participate in an interview process if there was one?
While I was abroad in Scotland, I had a telephone interview (which was so difficult on my little pay-as-you-go European phone!) where I was asked about my interests, goals, etc. and which department of IMG I was hoping to intern with. I found out in the early spring that I got the internship in the Fashion department!
3. What did your interning duties entail? And please dish! What was the most exciting aspect of your internship?
There were three divisions interns could be put in at IMG Fashion: Fashion Production, Fashion Media, or Fashion Sponsorship. There were 5 of us total, all girls. I was in Fashion Production. From the first day, we were immediately thrown into all of the planning for Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Swim, which is in Miami, FL in mid-July. In production, we would confirm designers’ show times and schedules, while also paying attention to the smallest details including how many fire extinguishers were on premises and where to find rental companies. As this is an event that has been going on for years, a lot of the work was already set in place and we just worked on the confirmations. What is also great is that Fashion and Models work together closely. With IMG Models being a top agency, they are looked to first when selecting models for the shows. I was lucky enough to go to a casting for a show, and watch how they are selected. Once that show was wrapping up, we began work for Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in New York City – which is a much larger production.
I also got to work a little in each department, and experience what they were doing. Fashion Media was constantly managing the Twitter account (@MBFashionWeek) and websites for the various fashion shows and events. Fashion Sponsorship worked with the different sponsors to for the events, including Maybelline, Tide, and Fiji.
4. Did the internship meet your expectations?
The internship definitely went above and beyond my expectations. I felt as though I was truly immersed in the event and cared as much about it as those who worked there full time. It was rather stressful and nerve-wracking calling some of the world’s top fashion designers, but an incredible experience overall.
Another amazing aspect was that every Thursday, we had a different speaker from a division of IMG. This was so great because I was able to learn so much about each division, and what other things IMG excels at besides Fashion Week. My favorite was hearing from IMG Models, where Victoria’s Secret Angel Chanel came in and spoke with us about her rise to getting signed with IMG Models, and such an amazing career.
5. How did you make the most of your internship and/or make lasting connections that could influence your future?
I keep in touch with all of my great intern friends, and those at IMG. This February I’m even returning to volunteer at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, which I am SO excited for! As graduation nears, I definitely have been keeping my eye’s peeled and am subscribed to their Career updates for any openings.
6. Any take away points or advice for other career savvy college students looking for great internships in the fashion industry or any other high paced industry?
The biggest thing I learned about this internship was just because you are working behind the scenes at one of the most famous fashion events does not mean you yourself have to be a fashionista. What is more important is being knowledgeable of the designers and the industry. If that is a field you are looking to go into, stay up to date on the Fashion world! Read Women’s Wear Daily (my first assignment at my internship every single day), keep up to date on fashions, even apply to volunteer for Fashion Week right on their website (www.mbfashionweek.com). It is a lot of work and long hours, but such an exciting and high-energy environment to work in!
Can’t afford to live in New York City? Don’t have a trust fund? Ed’ll give you the cash! (Who’s your daddy now?) Ed knows what it’s like to be an unpaid intern in the City—eating ramen noodles every day, temping for cash, scrounging just about anything from the giveaway tables at work just because it’s “free.”
To combat the incredible expense of the City, Ed’s gonna give awesome unpaid mag interns a thousand bucks to use for living, travel and whatever other expenses. Assuming Ed can raise the dough, there’ll be one lucky whippersnapper each fall and spring semester and two recipients in the summer.
Spring 2012 Deadline—MONDAY, JANUARY 30! (Emailed applications must be received by 11:59 p.m., no exceptions!) What Ed’s saying is you better get crackin’ on your application! (On the application, you’ll also find all details about eligibility and whatnot.)