Second Internship: Tory Burch

Hi there everyone. It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything, and that’s largely due to my busy schedule with the upper division and my new internship! This year I am interning at Tory Burch in the production department for handbags and accessories. I have absolutely fallen in love with working at Tory Burch and I’m so thankful that I’ll be staying with them over the Winter and this coming Spring.

Working at Tory Burch has been my first experience in a large corporate environment. I sit and work directly with my department and do not do any crossover work for other departments, unlike my experience at my first internship with Tanya Taylor. Because of this, I have been able to hone in on my job function and learn details about the business process that I don’t believe I would have learned at a small company. That’s the benefit of working in a large corporate environment. There are a lot more rules and regulations facilitating the work that you do and who you communicate with. If you like structure and a sense of predictability, then large companies might be a better fit for you.

In my experience working with a small company, there was a lot less regulation behind communication and a lot of departmental crossover work. At Tanya Taylor, on several occasions I did work for departments such as product development, tech. D esign, design, and production. If you think you would perform better in a less strict environment with a larger degree of intellectual and artistic freedom, then working for a small company might be a good fit for you.

I find myself loving work at Tory Burch largely in part of the people I get to work with, but there is more to it than just that. Every day I go into the office, I sit down at my desk and know that there is work waiting for me. I have consistent work that I know is making a direct impact on the company. I have even been given a line that I will be overseeing the production process from start to finish. I feel like an opportunity like this could only happen at a large company where they have enough support to be able to trust something like this to an intern. I have also been able to take the initiative and help Tory Burch in my own way. I have created several documents for my department to help make the workflow more easily understandable and efficient. Things like this can help you earn recognition, and builds emotional investment with the company, which makes working there all the more enjoyable.

I highly recommend trying to intern at several companies with large differences like this so that you can learn what types of environment you like. An important goal that you should be working towards at college is trying to find the right job fit.