Liberal Arts Career Services
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Wendow Fine Living

Fall 2017

Position: Design Intern
Student: Health & Society Senior

This semester, I obtained an internship with a residential interior design firm. The firm is run through Wendow Fine Living, a furnishings store, owned by Shannon Dowell (a former longhorn). I was interested in this design internship, as I have learned about the significant role that our surroundings play in our physical and emotional health, being a Health and Society major. I became impassioned by the supportive research on this topic and thought striving to expose more members of our society to the benefits of design would be a rewarding and stimulating goal.  For these reasons, I chose to see if an internship in the design industry would give me a better sense of whether I could seamlessly and successfully work in this industry after graduation.

Design entails knowledge of psychology, creative ability, and problem-solving skills. My internship gave me the opportunity to exercise these areas on a daily basis by communicating with Ms. Dowell, textiles representatives, and Ms. Dowell’s clients. I was often given the task of selecting textile options, materials, and creating layout ideas for various spaces in clients’ homes. Once Ms. Dowell critiqued and approved of these decisions, I would then reach out to sales representatives and create purchase orders of these items. Once delivered, I was in charge of inspecting them and reaching out to companies if the items were delivered in poor condition. On select days, I would travel with Ms. Dowell and take notes for her while she brainstormed design ideas at job sites. In addition, we would attend the businesses of wholesale distributers to seek out textiles and rugs. I would work for Ms. Dowell ten hours per week, and although I felt responsible for many tasks, she was very helpful and supportive of my efforts.

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