Internship Spotlight: Madison Schott

By Catharine Grundling,
Stillman News Writer
internship spotlight- Madison Schott
Madison Schott is a junior, majoring in mathematical finance and marketing with a certificate in Business Analytics. She is from Royersford, Pennsylvania.

On campus, she is Founder and President of the Fashion Club. She even sews her own clothes to sell on Etsy and currently has a fashion blog.

During her free time, she enjoys reading, running, yoga, and travelling.
The Stillman Exchange team interviewed her to learn more about her internship experience at Eileen Fisher.

Q: What were your responsibilities as an intern?
A: As a social media and public relations (PR) intern, it was my responsibility to monitor all of the social media channels, mainly Twitter and Facebook.
I would constantly interact with customers as well as develop content to share on these platforms.
For the PR side of the internship, I worked with different magazines and publications to pull samples from the collections that they were shooting.
I also helped with press releases and special events.

Q: Why did you choose to apply for an internship at Eileen Fisher?
A: I have always had a love for fashion and considered a career in it before majoring in what I am now.
Eileen Fisher partnered with Fashion Club on a recruitment event and after learning about the company I decided that it would be a great fit for me.
The company has great values and amazing employees. I figured if I wanted to test out a career in fashion, now was the time!

Q: How did you go about getting the internship?
A: I first applied through the Career Center. Eileen Fisher’s human resources team then came on campus and interviewed me.
After this I was called in for a second interview to meet with the head of social media.
I was then called in for a third interview, where I met with the rest of the team.

Q: What was the most valuable skill that you learned while interning?
A: Communicating with a team! Eileen Fisher is a super collaborative company so it was always important to communicate your ideas and what you were doing to tons of different people.
I also learned how important it is to speak up with your own creative ideas, even if you are the intern.
It is so important to offer up your own ideas in meetings; after all, they hired you for a reason!

Q: How was learning in a work environment different than learning in a classroom?
A: Again, the collaboration. In school everything is individualized with the exception of a few group projects.
You truly do not learn how to achieve a common goal with a team until you are thrown into an environment where decisions have to be made and all different teams are involved in that decision.
With group work in school, you only work with maybe a maximum of four other people. In this particular workplace, you are communicating with at least 20 different people for one project.

Q: What was the company culture like?
A: Eileen Fisher really does have the best company culture.
The environment is super collaborative and open, making communication and idea sharing very easy.
They are very into health and wellness so there would constantly be healthy snacks and yoga classes being offered.
I loved how calming it was to be there and how they really encourage tranquility in the work place.

Q: What were some skills that you learned at Seton Hall that you used in your internship?
A: Being a brother of Alpha Kappa Psi, a professional business fraternity, helped me tremendously.
Without the practice of interviewing and public speaking I received throughout my new membership process, I do not think I would have succeeded as much as I have.
It is so important to push yourself outside of your comfort zone in order to get familiar with selling yourself in interviews.

Q: What advice would you give to students who are actively searching for internships?
A: Networking is key! It is often really hard to get an interview for a job or internship without knowing someone or building a personal relationship with them first.
If you have the opportunity to meet someone from the company you desire to work in, do it!
You are not going to get an amazing opportunity by being silent and not talking to others.

Q: What is next for you in your career?
A: This summer I will be interning in Data Architecture at United Parcel Service (UPS)!
I am now looking to go into Data Science, a completely different route from fashion.
It is so important to test out all different kinds of internships while you can in order to figure out what you truly want to do.

A version of this article appeared in the Tuesday, April 4th, 2017 print edition.

Contact Cathy at
catharine.grundling@student.shu.edu

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