My First Internship Experience

Tuesday, August 09, 2016



I've mentioned in a few previous blog posts, that I was offered an internship this summer. I never told you guys where at because I wanted to finish the internship and then disclose that information. So, the company that I worked at for a couple of months was Bed Bath and Beyond. Last fall as many of you know, I was offered an internship at Kleinfeld Bridal. It was my DREAM to work there, so the fact that I turned them down was one of the hardest decisions of my life. I went back and forth if I was making the right decision. Sure I probably made the best decision
for the moment, but what about my future career? Having that experience of working in Manhattan at ONE OF THE BIGGEST BRIDAL BOUTIQUES would set me apart from a lot of people. And plus who wouldn't want to daydream about those gowns all day!? But at the end of the day, I turned down the opportunity for the money aspect, the time aspect, and to seek love.

Sure there's a part of me that wonders what it would of been like to ride the subway everyday, to be a part of all the hustle and bustle, to work with happy go lucky brides, to photograph the breathtaking skylines, and to just live in the heart of NYC. An it definitely would have impacted my blog and its photography. But I didn't take that opportunity.


Instead in the fall, I was offered an internship with Bed Bath and Beyond. The HR representatives that I met at a career fair were unbelievably welcoming. I talked to them for a good chunk of time and left feeling confident. Later that day, I received a phone call from another BBB employee. He had said that the HR representative hasn't been this excited about a future candidate in a while. A smile was put on my face instantly and I was filled with a big burst of self confidence. If I can give you one piece of advice, RESEARCH the company before you talk to them. Look at their sales, their current events, their merchandise, etc and analyze it. I feel as if that's what set me apart from other candidates.

Long story short, I was offered the position along with 4 other interns. And the thing about us that's so special, is that we're the FIRST EVER interns at BBB......like what!? Again, I was filled with so much confidence and happiness when I heard that. I couldn't be more proud to be the one of five interns that were from many other candidates.

And now that I have officially finished my internship, I can give you guys an honest opinion and a review of my experience. First off, the other interns and my coworkers are one of the nicest people. They made my time spent there unbelievably pleasant. But as far as the internship as a whole, I was a little bit disappointed. Since this was a new program for the company, I couldn't really expect much. However I did expect to learn more. A lot of my time was spent on the floor as an associate. Being that I haven't had much experience in retail, it was nice to learn the importance of customer interaction. There's a lot more that goes into selling than just asking "Are you finding everything okay?". You have to ask them open ended questions and really understand what they're looking for.

While that was nice, I guess I was hoping I would be able to apply more concepts that I've learned in my retail merchandising classes such as skeletal income statements. I did get the opportunity to set up my own display and track the sales. That was probably the funnest and most relatable thing that I got to perform.

However, I guess I was looking for more of a corporate position where I was able to analyze sales, select inventory, go to market, etc. By the time I graduate, I want to work my way up to being a buyer. So I was hoping that this internship would put my foot in the right direction. And though I did learn a big chunk about retail that I haven't learned in the past, I can't say that I've advanced my way into being a buyer.


Through working there, I realized that my passion is DEFINITELY with attire and accessories. It always has been. After looking at sheets, mattress pads, and drapery all day, I can't say that I see myself working with that merchandise  for the rest of my life.

Bottomline, do I regret my decision for interning at BBB? No. I have nothing bad to say about the company. I respect them a lot and I would say they treated me quite well.  I expanded my knowledge about retail, made connections, and made some realizations about what I want to look for in my next internship/job opportunity.

Do I regret my decision for not taking the internship at Kleinfelds? No. I've found someone that I truly love, was able to see my friends more, and made some extra cash this summer.

Do I still think about what my life would've been like if I did move temporarily to Manhattan? Yes. I'd be lying if I said no. However, my life wouldn't be where it is today. And I'm sure there will be many other opportunities in store for me.

So I'm hoping next summer to land an internship that exceeds my expectations and that I'm passionate about.

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15 comments

  1. What a positive way to look at your experience. Everything is a learning experience in my opinion, and you are right, it has only given you more clarity to what you want with your next opportunity.
    Great post!

    xx, Elise
    www.sparkleandslippers.blogspot.com

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    1. You said it perfectly; everything is a learning experience!

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  2. So beautiful, & what a fun experience! I love BBB!

    www.saltwaterandstilettos.com

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  3. Kate, I can't believe you were offered two amazing internships as such amazing places! Well, actually I can, because you are always so sweet and positive :)! Congrats on completing your time with BBB! Can you reapply at Kleinfeld for next year? I wonder if you could end up with both under your belt.

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    1. awww that so sweet of you to say Amanda! I completely feel the same way about you! It's funny you mention about reapplying because multiple people have suggested that. I just don't see it going all that well considering I rejected them. And I guess in their eyes, I feel like they would see it as being unprofessional. But you're right, I could always reapply!

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  4. Turning down Kleinfeld's must have been a really hard decision to make, that place is a bridal paradise!
    But I'm glad you enjoyed your internship, I hope I can get one next summer as well!
    xx
    https://la-veine.blogspot.pt/

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    1. It was a really hard decision! I wish you the best as well!

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  5. You look absolutely stunning :) xx
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  6. What a beautiful look!
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  7. Oh Kleinfelds!! You look beautiful!

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