Ashley is our Parsons School of Design Ambassador in New York City! She is studying communication design and hopes to work doing editorial design in an art department for magazine.
Going into an internship on the first day, it's hard to know what to expect to get out of it. For me, my internship with Teen Vogue changed my life and goals forever. I worked in Teen Vogue as a spring intern in the marketing and events department, where I got to help prepare for events and work on Teen Vogue programs and social media. I thought could be a great fit since I was both interested in business and working with people. I was a freshman at Parsons School of Design in New York City and was ready to declare my major as fashion design. I had no idea that walking through the doors of Conde Nast, and working with Teen Vogue could alter my career and educational goals so much. While I learned amazing lessons on the value and skills needed to market a magazine, I became so interested when I walked past the art department to see them working on graphics. They would put together beautiful layouts, talk about photo shoots and create designs for invitations posters and more. Eventually, I approached the art director, and told her that I had experience with photo shop and illustrator and if she ever needed any extra help I would love any opportunity. Before Teen Vogue Hate Spot, a launch of a Teen Vogue pop up store, she approached me and said they needed help. I came in an extra days, and got hands on experience seeing how they create layouts. It was everything that I loved, combining my love of art and creativity, with my interest in graphic design and marketing. I looked into different majors at my school and ended up switching to communication design, a major that focuses of information graphic design and I can emphasize on editorial layouts.
For many interns if it weren't for their internship, I may have not found something that they were so passionate about. For me, it came from seeking an opportunity in a different department. I think internships can shape a clearer picture on the reality of an occupation because it allows you to see for yourself the good and bad of a particular job. I will always look back and love my time at Teen Vogue. So for anyone who isn't sure what major to go into, trying an internship before you declare can save a lot of time and lead you are meant to do. While most my freshman friends were off exploring the city, I dedicated myself to three internships my freshman year. Looking back, I am really glad because it formed my interests and got me to where I am today.