Interview and Images submitted by Julia Chiango: Temple University
How did you decide that you wanted to pursue a future in fashion?
I have always loved fashion. I definitely had a shopping addiction starting at age 10 (or even earlier)! When I got to college, and decided that I wanted to major in Public Relations, as I discovered that it is a very important part of the fashion industry. When I joined the fashion and business club on campus and saw how many public relations majors had internships in the industry, I was hooked.
How did you land your internship?
I landed my internship from a girl who was also on the Executive Board for the Fashion and Business Club. I ended up joining the same sorority as her, we got to talking. She is a senior this year, so she has been around the block a few times. She informed me about the internship because she actually had it last year. I mentioned her name and said that she referred me. It is very important to be good at what you do and love what you do, but as it is often said, “it isn't about what you know, it's about who you know.” This is such an important concept. Networking and making connections is so important to reach your goals, and trust me, it took me awhile to realize that.
What opportunities and connections have you gained?
I just started interning a couple of weeks ago. Since my start, I have meant the owner of the two Nicole Miller Philadelphia locations. This could be a great connection for me in the future. This is my first internship, so having this on my resume will help me get other internships in the future.
What does your job entail?
My job changes everyday! That is part of what I love about it. Depending on what is going on in the store, I may have different tasks to complete. I also assist customers with putting outfits together. I am also going to help grow the store’s social media accounts. I really hope to get the store its own Instagram account, and grow a following.
What do you hope to accomplish in the future?
In the future, I hope to have a successful career in Public Relations. I also take a minor in Mandarin Chinese, so if I can incorporate that into my career, that would be great. I plan to move to New York; the fashion industry thrives there, so I think if I end up sticking with fashion public relations, that would be ideal. I do some modeling on the side, so New York is just made for me, I truly believe that! My end goal is to start my own business, either a Public Relations firm or a wedding planning business.
What does being on the board of Temple’s Fashion and Business Club entail?
I am the secretary, so I handle membership approvals. Transitioning from year to year, and each week, I take meeting minutes. Meeting minutes are imperative in case any board members can't attend.
What has being on the board exposed you to?
Being on the board has showed me just how many jobs come along with fashion. Public relations, business, and more. You don't need to be a designer or a model to make a career out of fashion. This position has also showed me a lot about owning a business, since being on the board of a club is a similar experience. If we want to make things happen and keep it together, then we need to work hard, be innovative, and work well together.
What has the internship showed you about the real world?
Having this internship has showed me that starting at the bottom can take you very far. I want to own my own business someday, but I know that I need to learn from professionals first and take everything with a grain of salt. I think everyone should understand business, and this internship has taught me a lot about how important strong connections are in order for a business to grow.
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