When you walk into a store and want to have literally everything in it, it’s the buyers you should be thanking.
Julia was the Structured Wovens Buying Intern for Anthropologie this summer. Buyers determine what products a store should sell. We talked about inspiring things that happened at work, Intern Day, and memorable coffee chats.
Although (usually) subtle, in-store music helps to set the tone of your shopping experience.
Sam is the Music Intern for Urban Outfitters. He helps curate the songs you hear in store (I totally don’t have a playlist consisting of remixes and covers of this UO song or anything…). We talked about personal tastes in music and aesthetic, and how a prospective UO intern can stand out.
It’s that time of year again — a time when college students eagerly send in their resumes, cover letters, and application materials to companies of their choice in order to land a coveted summer internship.
A lot of people have messaged me since I started posting interviews with the URBN Class of 2017 interns, asking me for more tips, tricks, and experiences I had while I was with the company.
I’m really nostalgic for my time there. It’s where I met my best friend, and turned twenty-one, and learned how to be a halfway-decent software engineer. I had such a good time that I spent the entire first week back at school incredibly homesick. Even now, the Navy Yard, University City, SEPTA, Old City, and Fishtown have a special place in my cold, dead heart.
Have you ever walked around the Home section of Urban Outfitters and wondered how all of that furniture came to be?
Cameron is the Urban Outfitters Home Design intern. We talked about the design process from spec to finalization, the projects she’s worked on thus far, and the importance of authenticity in the workplace.
Behind every great app interface is a great designer.
Natalie is a UX/UI Design intern for Urban Outfitters. Her team creates the visual part of the apps that my team implements in code (I’ve actually done this a few times, so it was really cool to see the Urban app from an artist’s perspective). We talked about how much work actually goes into those advertising emails that appear in your inbox, Intern Interview Day, and how a creative project can make your intern application shine.
Not all interns at URBN work directly with clothing or with only one brand.
Billy is an URBN Business Analyst intern whose job is to pull and analyze data from URBN’s three main brands: Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, and Free People. We talked about working with large amounts of data, landing an internship without going through the normal application process, and the cute dogs running all over the Navy Yard.
Not gonna lie, “dress-buying intern” sounds like my dream job.
Carlie works with BHLDN (pronounced “beholden”), URBN’s wedding brand that specializes in bridal gowns, bridesmaid dresses, accessories, and décor. We talked about what a buyer’s job is really like, how it feels to transition from store associate to Home Office employee, aesthetics, and interviewing tips.