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Alexandria Ritzman

Major: Apparel, Merchandising, and Design


Minor/option/emphasis: AMD-Product Development and Sourcing

Company/Organization: O, The Oprah Magazine
Company/Organization website: http://www.hearst.com
Destination: New York, New York
Timeframe: Summer

Advisor/Coordinator Email: annthye@iastate.edu

I was responsible for...
Invoicing products that come in the closet, Returning products after photo shoots that are no longer needed, Organizing and maintaining the fashion closet, Assisting on photo shoots as needed, Steaming clothes for models and Oprah, Assisting the editors with any returns needed, Answering emails from various PR companies and designers

I accomplished...
I was able to try on all of Oprah's clothes before she went to Alaska to shoot the October, November, and December covers. I also got to try on one of her Emmy dresses and show it to her in person and she asked me what my opinions were on the dress, which was an amazing experience.

I learned...
One lesson I learned during this internship is to always be taking notes and also know that everyone is watching you and seeing how you are improving during the internship period even if you don't think anyone is noticing your hard work. People are paying attention and are appreciative of you.

Advice for others...
Some advice for future students is to be confident when you are applying for internships and also don't be afraid to ask your boss questions about the industry because they want to see you succeed and are going to be more than willing to help you with future career endeavors.

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