Class of 2011
Major/Minor: Business Management
- Major: Business Management
Johnson Scholarship Supports Business Internship
Katie Silver ‘11 knew she wanted a career in fashion, so she put on her best outfit, walked into the Box of Rain boutique near her home in Hunt Valley, MD, and asked the owner for a summer internship. A business management major, Katie wanted to learn what it would be like to run her own clothing store.
At the store, Katie got the leadership view of running a popular fashion boutique by shadowing the owner. She was responsible for such tasks as handling purchase orders, advertising, and e-mail marketing to customers. She also had the opportunity to meet “road reps” from places like New York and Philadelphia who introduce new lines to retailers. Katie and other members of store management selected which pieces to add to the boutique’s line. She was particularly impressed with a representative who sold the brand Limon Piel, a line of quality designer handbags hand-crafted by Indian tribes in Colombia.
Katie’s credit-bearing internship with Box of Rain provided her with valuable experience in the world of business and fashion, and she worked 25 hours per week for the store, but she didn’t get a paycheck. Washington College’s Johnson Business Internship scholarship fund was created for just such instances. The scholarship awarded the business student $2,500 to compensate her for the time she spent with the company. Katie was grateful for the opportunity because, she says, “the internship didn’t leave me much time for another job.”
Now that she has some experience in the fashion business, Katie has been able to better define her career plans. Working with the road reps inspired her to become a buyer for a large corporation like Nordstrom. She is excited with the knowledge she has gained while at Washington College, and hopes to translate this into a job in the fashion industry after graduation.