Hello again from America!! It’s so nice to be back in the states, as much fun as my summer abroad was, I sure am grateful for air conditioning and unlimited access to taco bell and diet coke 🙂 But, instead of writing from Georgia or Utah as per usual, I’m in New York! I’ve been here for about a month now, and I’ll be here for about six more weeks. I got an internship for the fall semester so I moved out here right after going back to Utah from France. My turnaround time was literally seven days, so that was super crazy stressful, but also really fun. I got this internship SO last minute so it was really hard to find a place to live and get plane tickets and get everything figured out, but I knew I couldn’t give up the opportunity, so here I am, coming at you live from my 200 sq ft studio apartment in Manhattan. It’s absolutely tiny, but I’m super grateful that I was even able to get this one. Living in the big city has been SO much fun so far!! I only work at my internship 3 days a week which leaves a lot of time for me to have a lot of fun, and also allows me to work on sewing and selling my clothing designs. I’ve really been making the most out of my time here, and I’ve seriously loved every single second. I already know that I’m going to miss it like crazy when it’s time to go home.
But, the main purpose of this blog post is to talk about my internship! So I’m going to tell you about a day in the life, and answer all of the questions you guys asked on my Instagram story last week. Mainly because, when I was applying for this internship and being interviewed, I searched the internet for any kind of blog post or review from someone who had completed the internship because I was dying to know what it was like! I wanted to know what I would actually be doing, where I would be working, if the people were nice, how to find housing, and pretty much just everything about the internship in general. And I found absolutely nothing! So I went into this internship completely blind, and I would’ve loved it if I found a blog post like this with everything in detail about the job. Also, I just know a lot of my friends and family are curious about my internship and honestly I’m getting kind of sick of answering the same questions thirty times a day hahaha (love you guys though.) so here’s everything about my life right now!! Starting with the questions you guys asked!
Q: where is your internship at??
A: I am interning at Vera Wang, which is in the bridal services building in midtown by Madison Square Park! I work in bridal alterations.
Q: How did you get your internship?
A: This is something that I get asked literally every day, probably because there are just a lot of people at my school looking for internships in the same field and everyone is just trying to find the best ways to apply! I keep giving everyone the same answer of “I just applied.” Because it’s true, and it’s so much shorter than giving the whole story of how it all went down.. but for those of you who are interested in knowing the whole process, here it is! So basically, while I was in France this summer I decided to check out some fall internships since I was planning on taking fall quarter off anyway. So I looked on internships.com and searched for fashion internships, I looked through a few pages of internships and applied to pretty much every one I saw. And then I saw a posting for a bridal alterations intern at Vera Wang and I was like… yup that’s the one I want. So I basically just applied with my resume, cover letter, and my portfolio. I was NOT expecting to hear back from them because I didn’t think I was nearly good enough to work for them. But just two weeks later I had an email from them asking if I could come to New York for an interview, but we scheduled a phone interview since I was out of the country. The phone interview went really really well, I really clicked with the interviewer, and we chatted about fashion and sewing, and the questions were pretty basic like “Why do you want to work for Vera Wang” and asking about all of the other sewing I’ve done in the past, they also asked me about a couple different jobs I had listed on my resume relating to fashion, and asked me a couple of questions regarding some of the work from my portfolio I’d sent them. Overall, I think it took like thirty minutes, and it was probably one of the best interviews I’ve ever had. I felt pretty confident about it, and I emailed them a thank you the next day. The next day they told me I had moved on to the second round of interviews and again asked if I could come to New York for a group interview, and then if I moved on from that, a trial day as well. I was still in France, so I told them I wouldn’t be able to make it to New York until the end of August when I was flying there anyway to meet my friends. They told me that they would probably have all of their interns so it probably would not work out. But they also said they really liked me and would try and keep a position open so that I could interview for it when I got to New York in August. But I didn’t think anything of it, I just figured I didn’t get the position. Then a month later when I went to New York for my trip with my friends, I got an email from them saying that they wanted me to come in while I was there and have a trial day for the last available intern spot. And after the trial day, they emailed me the same day and offered me the job!
Q: What do you do every day?
A: It’s literally different every single day, that’s one of the things I love about it! Work starts at 9, so I’m usually on the subway by 8:30 if not earlier, to get there on time. When I come in I basically just sit down at my little station and people start giving me things to do! I sew a lot of bustles on dresses (the loops and the buttons) which I really like doing, I also hand sew hems a lot, and little things like beads, lace, appliques, and hook and eyes. It really just depends on what dresses are in the workroom that day and what needs to be done on them! I get a lunch break at noon, and another short break around three, and then I leave at five thirty and take the subway back home!
Q: What’s your favorite part?
A: I don’t know if I could pick!! I really love the ladies that I work with, they are so sweet and I’ve learned so much from them. They’ve been in the industry for decades, they’re true professionals, and I love chatting with them all day, the job wouldn’t be nearly as fun if I worked with anyone else! I love them! I also just love the actual sewing! I love just getting in the zone and sewing a bustle for three hours, or however long it takes. My mind can just wander and I can just sew, I love it so much. There’s also a couple other interns that work in bridal alterations, two of us work each day, and they are really nice and fun to talk to and work with. But honestly, I think my favorite part is just being around the dresses! They are insanely beautiful and I feel honored just to look at them, let alone sew on them!
Q: Do you have to wear a uniform?
A: Not a “uniform” really, but everyone that works at Vera Wang, in any department, is required to wear all black. Which sounded horrible to me at first, because my closet is filled with color, but then I realized that it’s really nice to be able to wake up in the morning and not have to worry about what I’m going to wear to work. I have like three black dresses, a couple of pairs of nice black pants, black jeans, a couple of cute black tops, a black skirt, and a few pairs of all black shoes. And I just mix and match those each day, and it really doesn’t matter what I put on because it all goes together since it’s all black haha.
I think those were all of the serious questions that people asked me, but I got a couple of smart aleck-y questions asked too, so I figured I might as well answer those, because I’m bored and feeling kinda sassy. So here you go:
Q: “Why is your apartment so expensive?”
This came from my loving father who is so generously paying for my apartment in NYC, considering my internship is unpaid…. Dad, I don’t have an answer for you, but I would be happy to move into a box under the bridge in central park, I would probably make lots of new friends!
Q: “How excited are you to see me?”
Trevor, I’m so excited that I can’t even breathe. Get here sooner!
Q: “How many ice creams do you have a day?”
Honestly, this is a fair question. I’m a little embarrassed of the answer though, but the number is pretty high. let’s just say that. But when there’s ice cream places on every corner, and Ben and Jerry pints at CVS, I really don’t know what you expect me to do.”
Q: “SF > NY?”
I guess this question is asking if Spanish Fork is better than New York, and honestly I feel like I would be a traitor whether I answered yes or no! I love my tiny town in Utah and I miss my mountains and my family. But NYC is more my style 😉
Well I think that’s pretty much all of the questions I got, so thanks for reading this super long blog post, if you made it this far then you’re a true pal. Until next time, Upper East Siders!