Interviewee Name: Nicole Diane Girten
Intern Position Title: Editing/Social Media Intern
Company Name: TrendSeeder
Company URL: http://www.trendseeder.com
Location (City/State): New York City, New York
Tell us a bit about yourself:
I’m a rising sophomore at the Florida State University pursuing an English major with concentrations in Creative Writing as well as Editing, Writing and Media. I’m currently the Campus CEO for the TrendSeeder Campus Leadership Program at FSU, leading a team of six in TrendSeeder objectives on campus and within the Tallahassee area. I also blog and act as a photo-shoot set assistant for an on-campus fashion magazine called Diverse World Fashion, which publishes an issue every semester. I previously worked as an assistant and sales associate for Miami-based jewelry designer, and Project Accessory runner-up, Nina Cortes. It was under Nina’s apprenticeship that I became inspired to pursue a career in the industry. This summer, I’m working as an Editing and Social Media Intern for TrendSeeder at their headquarters in New York City. I write weekly articles and contribute to TrendSeeder’s social media presence. While in the city I also took the opportunity to work as a set assistant for a Harper’s Bazaar Latin America shoot for three days. I plan to continue building my portfolio and working towards my goal of writing freelance in fashion.
What steps did you take to land this internship?
I started my internship hunt last December, just looking through the careers tabs of websites I really enjoyed and started sending applications out. I was talking with a friend about my search and she told me about TrendSeeder’s Campus Leadership Program and told me to apply and see what happens. I originally intended to just be a fashion editor for the program, but decided to take the jump and go for the CEO position, which included a summer internship at the TrendSeeder headquarters in New York City. A few weeks after filling out the application and taking a phone interview, I got the call saying I would be summering in the city and writing for the TrendSeeder Editorial. To say the least, I was ecstatic!
What attracted you to this company?
TrendSeeder promotes and creates a platform for emerging designers, and having worked with emerging jewelry designer Nina Cortes, I was familiar with the perspective TrendSeeder was reflecting. I felt I would be able to use my previous work experience to my advantage and could better express the company’s point of view in my writing. I also wanted to work in fashion, and I saw TrendSeeder as an amazing opportunity to do so.
What skills are you learning while at your internship?
I am learning the ins and outs of the fashion industry, as well as the world of editing. I am getting to experience hands-on the work that goes into every aspect of fashion—from marketing and strategic partnerships to creative content and social media, I’m learning what goes into running a fashion company.
Can you describe what a normal day is for an intern at your company?
On a normal day I come in around 10, get settled with my laptop and a cup of coffee and start working on the article assigned to me that week. I will also start posting on a variety of different social media sites, and I normally like to flip back and forth between the two. I’ll do one Polyvore post a day on average and post products to sites like Wanelo as well. I also keep up with the TrendSeederFSU social media, so I’ll intermittently do posts on that Facebook page and Twitter as well. In the afternoon we’ll normally either have a marketing meeting or a collaborative discussion about whatever project needs attention. Sometimes the team will even make mini field trips to sample sales on 5th Ave or take meetings with editorial writers. Every day holds a new possibility!
Give us one word to describe your workplace environment:
Wonderful! Avani, TrendSeeder’s CEO, is really dedicated to making the work environment friendly and cooperative. All the executives are very approachable and want to collaborate with, or get input from, the interns in many different aspects of the company. It really makes for a positive place to work.
What advice would you give to someone just starting to look for an internship?
Find what you love and attack it full force. This sounds incredibly cliché, but with determination and a pinch of luck, you really can make anything happen. Do not waste your time and energy trying to excel at something you hate. That takes twice the effort with an emotional toll to boot. Push yourself, but realize that you are not going to necessarily succeed at everything at first. You are going to stumble and fall eventually, and accepting this off the bat is important; try to land as gracefully as possible, dust yourself off and keep on your way. Be opportunistic. When you see a door, do not hesitate to throw yourself through it. Every time a potential something crosses your path, even if you feel it might be out of reach, jump at it. New experiences are chances to grow and this reflects well on a resume. Work hard, keep your chin up and magic will happen.
What do you do to fill the inspiration gas tank?
Being in New York City has been an inspiration overload. From street style, to the architecture, to park performers, the endless possibilities and the variety of people here are what currently drive my creative efforts. I also find a lot of inspiration online with sites like Tumblr and Wanelo by just scrolling through and seeing what my eye is drawn to. Seeing the eclectic array of posts varying from typography and quotes, to graphic design and fashion campaigns is always a good way to get the creative juices flowing. I also love to practice yoga to help keep both mind and body in check. A clear head and a healthy body are personal needs to keep myself in tune creatively.
What’s next for you?
I am going to continue working on my English major, keep up with TrendSeederFSU and Diverse World Fashion on campus and keep my eye out for new opportunities! I definitely want to come back to the city next summer, so I will either intern again with TrendSeeder or explore other options, but that decision is still a few months out. I’m also starting to look into grad schools, though this is a decision I have even longer to make. I’m just mostly trying to focus on the present, whether it is school or work, and push myself to do the best I can.
What’s your dream job?
I really would love to write freelance in fashion. Whether it’s for blogs or the major magazines, I really want to have my work in a multitude of publications. I think I would like the flexibility in the hours and the freedom to work where I please, though I do realize how insecure a career it is in comparison to a 9 to 5. Of course, I am young and my career path will probably shift here and there, but above all I really just want to be constantly surrounded with artistically-minded people. I think if I find an environment where I feel creatively motivated, I will be set.