This semester, I interned at The Velvet Lily in Philadelphia. The Velvet Lily is a woman owned and operated luxury adult boutique. It was great working in an environment of a small business that was filled with women. There’s something very different about that and it was a great environment. We were encouraged to thrive and speak our mind. Interning at a small business for my first internship gave me the experience of being able to ask my supervisors for critiques when writing my blog posts. It lead to more discourse of ideas and it was great getting instant feedback when asked. A few of my projects fell through because people I needed to talk to were not getting back to me. This was a good lesson to learn that while you may have a good idea for a story, sometimes it’s hard to get the information you need. I learned to change directions in pieces I was writing and still create a strong product. I loved being able to come into work to write. I wrote things ranging from blog posts that were informative or fun to product reviews and descriptions. I even made some surveys and wrote a few pieces for the store’s newsletter. I’m glad that I’m walking away with the ability to bring what I have learned and the skills that I have polished into a future workplace.
Working at The Velvet Lily has reaffirmed many of my beliefs that I was taught in my women’s study classes. I’m grateful for the opportunity to be able to use my knowledge from my sociology background and bring it into a media environment.
My proudest moment during my internship would be when we were tasked with the job of talking to managers at area restaurants about working with our store. It gave me experience of talking to people and handling short interviews on a subject that I was just thrown into. We didn’t have a lot of time to prepare and it made me less stressed worrying about what to say because I thought it was fun. A few years ago, I would have never been able to do that and being able to talk to strangers off the cuff and with ease has really shown me how far I have come.