Monday, December 23, 2013

There are interns, and then there is Hannah – a.k.a. Rockstar Intern! For another installment of Intern Diaries, we are so excited to share this interview with a gal we are seriously going to miss. Hannah is a senior about to graduate from Cal State University Fullerton with a degree in English Literature. As a marketing and social media intern, Hannah helped with everything from our blog to our Facebook posts, and we’re going to miss her fabulous writing voice. But even more than her great work ethic, Hannah’s happy-go-lucky and quirky personality brought so much energy to our office, making her a stellar intern! We can’t wait to see what this smart, stylish gal does next!   

What inspired you to apply to Ruche?
I first fell in love with Ruche when I saw some of their vintage-inspired pieces featured on some blogs I follow. After finding a few things I couldn't live without on the site, I discovered the Ruche warehouse was located in my town! When I began pondering potential internships for my last semester of college, I immediately thought of Ruche and quickly found their social media and marketing internships listed on their site. I crossed my fingers and sent my resume and the rest is history. I am convinced it was fate! 

What did your typical day in the office entail?
As a social media intern, a typical day in the Ruche office includes composing content for social media including Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Tumblr, looking over blogs for entries to feature (this also includes drooling over images of decadent desserts and dishes with fellow interns), collaborating with other members of the marketing team in developing ideas for future content, and, last but not least, petting the Ruche puppies. 

What were some of your favorite projects?
One of my favorite projects was creating music playlists for the Ruche blog. In my interview with Melissa, we discussed our love of music and she mentioned that she wanted to bring more musical features into Ruche. Music is a huge part of my life, and being able to bring that part of me to Ruche was such a great opportunity. Seeing that concept move from a small idea mentioned in passing to fruition throughout the course of my internship has been exponentially rewarding!  

What was the most important thing you learned during your internship?
I had creative positions at jobs before Ruche, but being able to work in a collaborative environment has been a great experience. Within the marketing team, communication is essential and whether it's something minute like an idea for a Pinterest board or a larger task like conceptualizing a future feature, the conversations we have can be incredibly powerful. Working alongside other interns and seasoned members of the marketing team showed me how important it is to share and bounce ideas off of one another and not to be afraid to ask questions! 

What advice would you give to future Ruche interns, and students about to start internships in general?
I am convinced that the method to getting the most out of your internship is channeling your inner sponge- listen, observe, ask questions and absorb as much as you can! Working with a team of experienced individuals provides you with a myriad of vantage points that can offer you perspectives you may not have previously thought of. Oh- and bring cookies. Everyone likes cookies.   

Is there anything else you would like to share about your experiance?
I am so thankful for my time at Ruche. In addition to the invaluable skills I was able to both hone and acquire, I have been able to work alongside some truly amazing people. I am proud to have Ruche as a part of my college experience! 

-- Hannah, Social Media Intern - Fall/Winter 2013

Oh, and did we mention that Hannah's gorgeous red locks ignited some serious hair envy on our part? Hannah we are going to miss your indie music knowledge, your ability to find the best cat videos on YouTube, and your positive energy!


If you are interested in interning at Ruche, we always have our internship doors open! Our internship opportunities can be found at the bottom of the career page on our website (pre-req: you must love all types of sweets - doughnuts, cake, cookies, nerds)!