One of the many perks of going to school so close to Manhattan is the accessibility to jobs and internships. Internships, in their truest form, are a great way to test out different fields of interest that could potentially culminate into a career. Furthermore, college level internships open up the job market in a hands on manner, which takes class based skills to the real world. Every Wednesday this semester, I will be working for Ali Fee Public Relations and Strategic Marketing, a boutique agency that represents luxury ready-to-wear fashion designers. These talented, emerging designers are sold at renowned department stores and boutiques such as Barney’s, Fred Segal, Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, and Macy’s Herald Square.
|Fellow Fordham Intern, Megan, working hard at the office.|
|Willow Shields wearing designer|
Katie Ermilio at the
Catching Fire Premiere
I have found that many of the skills the professors at Fordham try to inspire from their students prove useful with the tasks at Ali Fee PR. For example, when finding contact information or reaching out to stylists and bloggers, interns must be detail oriented, innovative, and diligent. These skills are fostered by Fordham faculty and staff as they expect students to be professional, proactive, and hard-working. Similarly, professors like to build a relationship with their students, just like the positive work environment at Ali Fee PR. The agency requires a team work, where we all help each other with pending questions or tasks. Along with the opportunity to work hands-on in the fashion industry, I have found that the vivacious setting at Ali Fee is one of my favorite parts of the internship. I genuinely believe that the spirited attitude promoted at Fordham has helped me in my endeavors thus far as an intern!