Emily Soltesz is a Finance junior with a minor in Global Business who interned with Carolina Herrera in NYC this summer.
Tell us about how you landed the internship
This summer I worked as a Marketing and Public Relations Intern for Carolina Herrera, who is a designer located in New York City. I received the offer for this internship in a very unconventional way. Last semester I worked as a Student Caller for the University, where I called alumni to connect with them and let them know about our fundraising efforts. One night I talked to an alumni who worked for a well-known fashion magazine publication in New York. We had a great conversation and really made a connection. I told her how it was difficult to find internships going into junior year, because most companies want to hire the incoming seniors because they can offer them positions post-graduation. She offered to send my resume around to her contacts, and I heard from Carolina Herrera soon after. We set up a Skype interview and she offered me the position a few days later.
What has been your favorite part of the internship so far?
My favorite part of the internship was the public relations aspect. I was in constant communication with magazines because I would send them clothing items in time for their photo shoots, and make sure they were returned in time to send them out to the next one.
What are some things you have learned?
Something I learned quickly from having a professional, fast-paced internship is to try to catch on quickly. Not to say that I didn’t ask questions, but paying attention to detail the first time things are explained will make you stand out to your employer.