How to Land an Internship with DVF

Picture2Summer has finally arrived! Congrats Class of 2017! Go Cougs! Whether you have just graduated or finished school for the summer, we are all happy to be out! Now that it is summer it is a great time to land an internship. Internships are great way to gain workplace and leadership experience. Although not all internships are paid they are always a great way to get one step ahead in the workforce. Most career fields are very competitive especially my industry, the fashion industry. However an internship will provide the experience and networks to improve anyones credentials and make them a stronger candidate for future jobs.

I will be starting my internship this summer when I return from Milan. Although this is my first internship I strongly recommend doing more than one. Essentially the more internships you do the more experience you gain. In some college majors such as mine, Apparel Merchandising, internships are required before receiving their diploma. Undergrads in my program (Apparel Merchandising, Design, and Textiles) typically complete their internships their after Junior or Senior year. My friend and fellow WSU alumna member, Keena Hudson, is one undergrad who decided to do her internship her Junior year. She took interest in Diane Von Furstenberg’s Technical Design/Production internship. When I asked her why she picked DVF she said, “I really liked what the company stood for, women’s empowerment and growth. This company was started by a strong female entrepreneur, Diane herself. I also really liked how the company is involved in charity efforts to promote women’s leadership.” But of course, I had to find out more!

Getting to intern at DVF in New York City would be any fashion major’s dream! Like myself, many of you are probably wondering how Keena landed an internship with such a legendary company. When I asked her she said, “I actually had to email a DVF assistant about internships there. I looked through the website and found contact info. I really just googled companies I liked and internships available.” Keena told me a lot about her experience at DVF. She expressed that the most valuable things she learned was “learning to know when to ask for help and advice.” She also said she realized that “it’s very important to stay connected with your coworkers and the people who mentor you. They have a lot of connections on their own and are a great first connection.” I asked Keena what advice she would give to future interns, she stated, “I advice students to have a website of all the things they did and learned as an undergrad and also to be very diligent in applying to internships. Keep your options open and apply everywhere. Every internship experience is worth it no matter the size of the company.”

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Thanks to Google contacting the right people to land an internship at DVF or any luxury brand is easy. Being diligent in applying to internships is the key! A strong application and interview is also needed to actually get the position of course. Luckily for you I have a few interview tips that have helped me land my internship and past jobs!

Interview tips:

1. Research the company you are interviewing for. Companies are looking for candidates who know about the company and have genuine interest in being a part of it. It always good to stay up to date with what’s going on in your industry. nrf.com is a good reference for the fashion industry.

2. Practice the S.T.A.R. (Situation, Task, Action, Result) Method. Behavioral-based questions are asked a lot in interviews. The interviewer wants to get a good idea of how you interact with others and handle situations. Google the S.T.A.R. Method for more info!

3. Refresh your memory of past or sample interview questions. You can never be too prepared. Refreshing your memory of interview questions will help you have an idea of what things are important to mention about yourself and not feel so nervous.

4. Boost your confidence! Convince yourself that you have already got the job. Confidence is a huge key in being a strong candidate.

5. Brag about yourself! An interview is the time to really sell yourself as the top candidate for the job. Don’t get too carried away of course. You want to make yourself memorable, coachable and qualified!

I hope these tips helped! Let me know what interview-prep techniques work best for you!

Fun Fact:

Every summer DVF has company parties. In 2016 (the year Keena interned there) it was at the Statue of Liberty. Keena was actually able to meet Diane herself and walk up to the statues crown level. It was an exclusive event for DVF even though the statue had been closed previously.

Photo Courtesy of Keena Hudson

Gucci Vibes.

From brands such as ASOS to Sean John, Gucci has been the muse of the moment. Bold, vibrant, embellished designs are trending rapidly in this season’s fashion. Other elements such as heavy use of dark colors and transparency has also played a large factor this season. Here is a compilation of  fashions both Gucci authentic and inspired from my Pinterest and Tumblr.

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/shemaia/

Tumblr: http://shemaiarianne.tumblr.com

Fun fact:

Did you know that Gucci’s trademark double-G embellishment referred to as the “snaffle-bit” is over 60 years old? The majority of Gucci’s first clients were a part of a horse riding aristocrat fraternity.

Fresh Off the Runway Pt. 2

Take a look behind the scenes as I prepare for the Elevate Fashion Show!

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My Top 10: March

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If you are anything like me you love discovering new music! Luckily this month there was a lot of good new music. Here is a list of my top 10 favorite songs from March! I originally was only doing to do a top 5 but there are just too many songs I am in love with right now!

1. “Ain’t Nobody Takin My Baby” by Russ

My boyfriend was playing this song one day and I fell in love with it! I’ve listening to songs by Russ before but this is my absolute favorite.

2. “Who We Are” by Maribelle

This song came on my Spotify one day when I was listening to JoJo’s new album, Mad Love. I fell in love with it within seconds. I have never heard of Maribelle before. Her voice is amazing! You should check her out!

3. “Location (Remix)” by Khalid (featuring Lil Wayne & Kehlani)

I have heard of Khalid but have never actually listened to one of his songs before I heard this one. It came up on my recommended feed on YouTube(@ShemaiaSunflower). I’m a huge Lil Wayne and Kehlani fan so I decided to listen to it. It is very melodic and catchy! #issavibe

4. “Reckless” by JoJo

I’ve loved JoJo every since I was little. I was so happy when she started making music again! I honestly slept on her album, Mad Love, when it first came out and just recently listened to it. She killed this song! Her vocals are aaaamaaaaziiiiing! DO NOT SLEEP ON JOJO!

5. “Hello” by Ty Dolla $ign

Ty Dolla $ign’s album, Campaign, bangs just like every other project he has done. “Hello” is my favorite song off Campaign. If you haven’t listened to it you need to sis!

6. “Passionfruit” by Drake

Like everyone else in the world I’m sure you heard Drake released his new album, More Life. It has a lot of Carribbean vibes. “Passionfruit” is my favorite song off it. There were more songs I like from the album but I couldn’t fit them all on my list.

7. “Super Trapper” by Future

Future’s new album, FUTURE, is poppinnnnnnn! He never disappoints. I love to bump his album in the car, while I’m getting ready, and at the gym. His album has helped me get through workouts on several occasions!

8. “High Demand” by Future

This is also one of my favorite songs off FUTURE. As you can see I’ve listed three! #issavibe #forreal

9. “I’m So Groovy” by Future

“I’m So Groovy”… I got power… I’m so groovy… This song slaaaaaaaaapssss! I’ve had it on my snapchat(@shutupshemaia) a couple times and have people ask about it. If you’ve listened to it you’d know why.

10. “Since Way Back” by Drake (featuring PARTYNEXTDOOR)

I love Drake x PARTYNEXTDOOR collabs! This song has good vibes like majority of More Life. This is usually one of the first songs I play off the album. Girl, I know you know already

Tell me what is your Top 10 for March?!

Muse: Rihanna

Muse: Rihanna

Glamorous cut out crop top
$29 – glamorous.com

RE DONE mid calf skirt
intermixonline.com

Agent Provocateur lacy lingerie
$245 – harrods.com

Vetements embroidered baseball cap
$250 – cahierdexercices.com

Margaret Dabbs flower nail polish
$17 – net-a-porter.com