Name: Alexa Benk
Major: Applied Psychology & Entrepreneurship
Internship: Wholesale Intern at vineyard vines
How did you get this internship?
I got this internship by applying online. A few months after I applied I received a phone interview and then an offer. Throughout the application process I took full advantage of the Amica Career Center. Amy Weinstein was a great resource and helped me edit my resume, cover letter, and internship questionnaire.
What were your daily responsibilities at your internship?
My daily responsibilities varied each day. Each person in the Wholesale Department involved me in their tasks and taught me valuable information. I created Buy sheets, Hot sheets, prospect lists, OTS packets, and a master list of all of our buyers. I helped the team prep for and even attended MRket show to show off the upcoming collection to buyers in NYC and shadowed all of the territory reps for a day. I also attended numerous meetings and line reviews. Throughout the internship there was an intern group project. This project was very intensive and challenging. My group’s task was to create an extension of the Fall 2016 Performance Line. Before even designing the clothing, we had to do a lot of research on our competitors, trends, pricing, fabric technologies, etc. I worked on the project each day while juggling other tasks within my department. There was never one time in which I had nothing to do, I was always very busy and I enjoyed that.
What was your favorite memory/experience at your internship?
I had many amazing memories/experiences at vineyard vines! Some of my favorite memories was having lunch with Shep and Ian, the founders, on the first day, having unlimited access to free coffee and healthy snacks daily, Ice Cream Truck Wednesday, Bagel Friday, the company golf chipping contest, the employee discount, and the presenting our group project in front of the entire company. I also enjoyed vineyard vine’s company culture and the people that worked there. The people I met were very friendly, sharp, helpful, and innovative.
What was the most challenging part about your internship?
The most challenging part of my internship was the commute. It took me about 1 to 2 hours to drive only 18 miles to work. Basically, my commute was roughly 2 to 4 hours of driving a day. I loved my internship so much that I was happy to make the long commute.
How will this further your career?
This will further my career because I would like to work in the business end (wholesale, marketing, finance, e-commerce) of the fashion industry upon graduation.
What is your best piece of advice for underclassmen?
My best piece of advice for underclassmen is to take full advantage of the Amica Career Center. The vineyard vines intern acceptance rate was 5% this past summer, and without the help of having my application reviewed and edited I may not have been given the opportunity to intern there.