When I started at UW, I had no idea what it meant to be a business professional. I just was very eager, potentially a little too eager in fact, constantly looking for internships and things to dabble in, especially in marketing and public relations. In winter of my freshmen year, I found a posting for an internship with a jewelry designer. She was looking for someone to manage her marketing and public relations, pitch to fashion magazines, and manage her brand. Iinterviewed with Whitney Stern, an amazingly talented, bright female entrepreneur, who wanted to change the world with her art, one piece of jewelry at a time.
When Whitney finally made it to Nordstrom, I was able to help her in working fashion trunk shows at the Seattle and San Diego locations. This means that I was with her 10-7 pm selling her beautiful jewelry to awesome Nordstrom customers. This was probably the best experience I’ve had with her. Meeting with her customers, learning about their jewelry needs, and being a part of a Nordstrom sales day was amazing! I was able to help her sell amazing pieces to great people who really believed that jewelry was another way to express yourself.
All in all, I believe that in working at a startup, you learn a lot about yourself and working from the ground up for a project. When you are able to place yourself in ever-changing, fast moving work environment, you learn how to adapt and push yourself to be successful!