Emily Wagner-Davis will spend her summer working for Lancôme, meeting corporate executives and working alongside an account executive.
After a week of training in Arizona, Emily will head to Santa Barbara, Calif., for the remainder of the summer. She’ll learn about promotions and sales and will become a freelance make-up artist. The internship will give her real-world marketing experience.
“I’m excited,” Emily said. “I’ll get to ask questions, gain hands-on experiences and work with higher ups. I don’t know much about the cosmetic industry, so I’m excited to be exposed to it. And Lancôme is a really good company.”
Emily got the gig through an alumna connection. Linda Saunders ’81 is key account director for Lancôme USA. Emily is a friend of Saunders’ daughter, Becky, a sophomore at Stephens this past school year.
Emily is not the only fashion marketing student interning for the cosmetic company this summer. Chloe Ford also landed an internship at Lancôme in Dallas.
Most Stephens students conduct internships between their junior and senior years. This summer, Stephens is sending students to fashion houses, barns, major publications, including Cosmopolitan magazine, and companies across the country.
Amelia Carter is headed to New York to conduct an internship at Saks Fifth Avenue Corporation. Kristin Jordan will spend her summer working for Melissa Allen Dressage in Pleasant Hill, and Michelle Humbert will work for Craighead Paint Horses. Aubree Schleep will intern at KC Connections, an event planning and marketing agency in Kansas City, and Dani Kelley will work at Big City Bride in Chicago.
An internship is a stepping stone to a student’s ideal career, said Amanda Roberts, Stephens’ director of career development.
“The experience is a natural networking opportunity that allows interns to make meaningful connections, often leads to job offers and provides solid recommendation letters,” Roberts said.
Stephens typically has 70 to 80 students conducting internships throughout the summer.