Fairfield Interns in the City: advertising, fashion, and fitness

Submitted by Carolyn Arnold, Associate Director, Marketing & Communications on May 15, 2012

By Christina Callaghan ’12

This semester two Dolan School of Business students, Lauren Dubois ’12 and Michelle Miller ’12, have interned at some of the most prestigious companies in New York City: Michael Kors and SELF Magazine.

Michelle Miller '12 interned at "SELF Magazine" in spring 2012

With the Michael Kors corporate office just a few blocks from Grand Central station, Lauren Dubois commutes twice a week into the city to intern with one of the top designers in the fashion industry. Dubois, a marketing major with a concentration in communication from the College of Arts and Sciences, interns in the advertising division at Michael Kors.

Aside from the usual data-entry tasks that most interns experience, Dubois is also involved in advertising placement.  From mall duratrans to billboards, Dubois helps decide effective ad placement to reach consumers of the luxury brand.  When asked about how she landed the prestigious opportunity, Dubois replied, “Kathy Tellis, director of internships at the Dolan School, really works with the students to inform them about opportunities.  I found out about Michael Kors through an e-mail she sent and then they set up the connection on my behalf.” Dubois has also had two internships prior to Michael Kors, one with New England Sports Network and one with Dining Services at the University.

Interning at SELF Magazine provided Michelle Miller with hands-on experiences in the editorial world of fashion and fitness.  On a daily basis Miller corresponds with designers and clothing companies, visits closets to pick out samples for upcoming issues, and keeps track of the latest work-out trends.  She describes the office environment as exciting and fast-paced because of the constant interaction among editors and their goals to meet tight deadlines. She connects her ability to adapt to this collaborative environment to her global marketing course, where students from all different backgrounds ranging from finance to marketing worked together to produce final projects.  In addition to global marketing, Miller also connects her success at SELF Magazine to her other marketing courses, where she was able to learn strategies for targeting audiences and consumers.

Miller noted that after this internship she couldn’t see herself in any other industry. “Fairfield has given me the professional mindset and work ethic and has taught me to strive for the best.” Miller continued, “They really challenge you to find the right career path. I would love to stay within the fashion industry.  I can’t imagine a career in any other field of work.”

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