Friday, February 21, 2014

Today’s installment of the Intern Diaries features Taylor, a wonderfully talented writer with unstoppable drive. In addition to her go-getter disposition, we loved her rustic-romantic style; she always looked so effortlessly polished on days she joined us in the office. We know this gal has an exciting future ahead and are so thankful to have worked with her!

What inspired you to apply to Ruche?
I see fashion as art. With a few pieces you can create something chic, boho, feminine, or classic – the world is your oyster! I always wanted to work in fashion, but never had the gall to do something about it. When I first moved to Fullerton I found Ruche’s site and couldn’t help but find myself scouring their clothes – I should’ve been scouring job sites (Oops!). To my luck, I checked their position openings and low and behold, they were hiring for a PR/editorial intern. I thought to myself, “Taylor, you love fashion. You love writing. You’ve been working on a blog. You can do this… apply now”. The next day I got a request for a writing sample and then I found myself walking through the warehouse doors a week later. Best decision ever.

What did your typical day in the office entail?
Every day came with a guaranteed puppy greeting and coffee galore! Then it was off to the trenches to whip up some DIY/fashion/wedding/lifestyle articles. When I say “trenches”, I’m talking about the whirlwind of Pinterest and the blogging community. As a PR/editorial intern I got to research images and topics to put together for blog features. It was the perfect recipe of research, writing and product picking, with a dash of DIYs. If you can call putting together mood boards and writing articles about things you would research in your own free time a job, sign me up!

What were some of your favorite projects?
How can I pick just one?! It’s always fun to look into all things bridal. Oh, or there’s the time I got to help our set designer make DIYs. But for my favorite project of all time – it would have to be the 31 Bits, Breakfast at Ruche video. This was my first big project as an intern and I got to see it from conception to completion. I wrote the interview questions, rode along to the video shoot, wrote follow-up questions and then drafted the final blog post. It was awesome learning about the company, as well as how Ruche does collaborations.

What was the most important thing you learned during your internship?
With my previous work experience I learned the importance of having a hands-on mentor. At Ruche I was able to find that. I had awesome guidance and there was always open dialogue for ideas and improvements. Through this I was able to hone my WordPress skills and it has been the ultimate achievement. By understanding the platform and how SEO and tagging make a difference in outreach, I can take this with me into my future.

What advice would you give to future Ruche interns and students about to start internships in general?
Be creative! Your personality and skills are what got you noticed, so keep the creative juices flowing. Yes, take on the tasks as directed but also come up with ideas that you think might add a little something. Brainstorm with your supervisor about potential projects. Always thinking ahead will get you ahead, so take advantage of the open door policy.

Is there anything else you would like to share about your experience?
The people at Ruche are amazing. You couldn’t find a more welcoming and imaginative bunch. The desks are all connected and no barriers are put up because they want it to be a collaborative environment. I definitely found what I was looking for when it came to having a mentor (I ended up with many!). To sum it up, it was an invaluable experience and I couldn’t have asked for anything better. Thanks Ruche!

-- Taylor, PR & Editorial Intern - Winter 2013/2014

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. Just to warn you, the prerequisite is that you must love all types of sweets - doughnuts, cake, cookies, Nerds, etc! ;)