There is probably only one woman at Stephens College at the moment that can breathe a sigh of relief when it comes to finding an internship. This driven young lady landed an internship the in the second week of January with ease, which is rarely the case. As other students scramble to send out emails and badger companies for phone interviews, one student can simply sit back and relax.
Amelia Carter, a junior fashion marketing and management major, started her internship search early. An aspiring CEO, Carter focused her search on Nordstrom Corporate, which was fueled by her previous work experience at the department store in her hometown of Cincinnati.
Carter soon discovered limiting herself to just one company could hinder her chances. She applied to numerous companies such as Saks Fifth Avenue, Nike, and Underarmour, her top choices. Carter sent out her applications over winter break and heard from Saks Fifth Avenue corporate shortly after returning to school.
The application process seemed to take a toll on Carter, like others in her position. She rewrote her cover letter and redesigned her resume multiple times before sending it out. Carter’s resume is edgy. Black boarders, red letters, and bold wording make it stand out in a pile.
When sending in an application, people have to market themselves. A resume does not have to be a chronological list of achievements.
- Get creative! Use color, list different achievements and skills in circles and boxes, or create a monogram.
- Adding quirky accomplishments can also help a resume stand out from the rest because
it adds personality. For example, including “Winner of the 2010 Hinsdale, Illinois 4th of July Parade float decorating contest” under personal achievements shows a fun, creative side. Employers will remember that after reading through hundreds of resumes.
- Be confident when writing a resume. It is not the time to be modest. The main goal is to sell yourself. However, do not lie. Fudging around accomplishments on a resume will catch up to a person in the end.
- Spell check is a must! Nothing is more embarrassing than realizing a word or company name is misspelled after sending the resume in.
Amelia Carter will be interning at Saks Fifth Avenue corporate offices this summer in New York City. She already has her living arrangements set up and is ready to go. She will be living in a swanky student housing building in her very own private room. Lucky for Carter, the building is only a little over a mile walk away from work.
The internship is also paid, which is a rarity in the fashion intern world. Even though it is not a lot, Carter plans to save as much of the money as possible. If it were up to her, she would already be in New York right now.
“I’m looking forward to being on my own,” Carter said. “I know I am going to have the best summer of my life.”