Internship duties: A customer service representative for the company and go-to extra support for the bridal consultants; organizing/putting away gowns, shoes and accessories in the stock room and on the floor. Taking photographs after brides say "yes" for production purposes and printing and preparing them for the consultants. Putting robes in washer/dryer and steaming them to go in change rooms for clients. Finally, completing any tasks asked by one of the managers or bridal consultants.
Throughout this experience I learned the lesson of being a small fish in a big pond. Since I was lucky enough to intern for a large company my responsibilities and tasks were much smaller. This can either be an advantage or drawback depending on the person. Although I wasn’t able to take away a significant amount of learning in terms of knowledge/skill, I can successfully say that the experience was rewarding in a different way. I experienced what it feels to work in the real world. One of the many benefits of interning for Kleinfeld was the networking opportunity with designer representatives who appeared during trunk show weekends.
As for some tips for future interns I can honestly say do not intern during your first year. First year fashion is busy enough so if you are lucky enough to be able to squeeze some downtime into your life, you don’t want to have to spend it rushing to an internship – there is plenty of time and opportunities to intern. Don’t wear brand new wedges to the first day of your internship unless you have already broken them in of course. Don’t rush through your internship to get the hours out of the way, really try and find something that interests you so you can enjoy it and make the most of the opportunity. Finally, if you can find a paid internship it will really be worth your while. You will spend countless hours feeling like you’re at a job until you remember you aren’t being paid.