Liberal Arts Career Services
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Elizabeth and James

Summer 2016 Site Review

Position: PR Intern
Student: Sociology Junior

I worked for a company called "Elizabeth and James" -- a womenswear label in New York City that was founded by Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen. The brand is huge and is sold around the world, but the company is much smaller than one would expect. I worked as the PR/Marketing intern and I was part of a team of 3, including myself, that run this branch for E&J Globally. A "Day in the Life" as an intern here requires a lot of hard work, focus, and time management. Hours are from 10am - 6pm but usually I would usually finish around 6:30 or 7. In the mornings, I caught up on emails that were received (typically from international retailers/stylists) overnight, and prep any orders that needed to be sent out or picked up in the first few hours of the day. My main jobs were sample management, sample tracking, email communication with retailers and stylists, and compiling press clippings at the end of the week. This job requires a lot of responsibility and organization, as I sent many packages to international destinations with the only sample of certain pieces of clothing that were ever created. Like I said, Elizabeth and James is a small company. Ready to Wear was just brought in house by Mary Kate and Ashley and every employee has taken on a bigger workload to compensate. Because of the small teams, every employee has an important job and has duties that are taken seriously and that are very needed. The work environment is very friendly and relaxed, but chaotic at the same time. There is a lot of work to be done and not a ton of people to do it so there is a very logistical mindset throughout the entire office of "just get it done" and somehow, everything always does get done. Working in a closer environment allows for everyone to get to know each other better, and it is nice to build relationships with people from not only your team, but other teams across the label.

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