"Besides gaining invaluable friendships with my fellow interns, I've gained industry contacts and relationships that can take me to the next level. I no longer am worried about life after college but I am stoked to continue a career in fashion PR."
– Cindy Nguyen, Class of 2017

Meet Cindy Nguyen from Watertown, Connecticut. Cindy is a student on our NYC campus, president and founder of Profashionals, and a Pforzheimer Honors College and Business Honors Program student. Cindy was also the winner of a $10,000 scholarship from Glamour Magazine and the New York Women in Communications Foundation. 
 
Where are you interning this summer?
I am currently in my 10th, 11th, and 12th internships, respectively:
Public Relations Intern at Yves Saint Laurent (May 2015 to July 2015)
Public Relations Intern at Christian Louboutin (Aug 2015 – Jan 2016)
Editorial in-office fellowship at GLAMOUR Magazine (Aug 2015)
 
What have you been working on at your internship? Has it sparked an interest in a career/area of study you hadn't already thought about? 
Fashion PR is so different at each company. To compare my experiences, the PR team I worked with at Prada was way different then the one at YSL. Even though these luxury brands are similar, what happens behind the doors is so unique to each fashion house. My oh-so typical day in the office involves reporting digital press features to pitching the next VIP celebrity that wants to slip into our product for the next big fashion event. I've had opportunities to assist with the Special Events teams and it opened a new world for me that I hope to explore later in my career. I've learned so much with the teams that I have been blessed to work with. These experiences only solidify my drive to excel in the fashion industry more. 
 
Do you believe your internship experience has helped to prepare you for your future?
Besides gaining invaluable friendships with my fellow interns, I've gained industry contacts and relationships that can take me to the next level. I no longer am worried about life after college but I am stoked to continue a career in fashion PR. Fashion is such a small world and it is a world where women can prosper in the top tier seats of the companies and brands you see everywhere you go. I hope to be one of those women and I know that my experiences can get me there. 
 
Any advice for other Lubin students looking for internships?
To align yourselves with the right people or the right crowd. I always remind myself of my favorite quote, “Surround yourself with people who can take you higher.” It is always so liberating to feel like you have people around you that support you every step of the way. The whole internship or application can be a bit daunting but having friends that encourage you along the way often pushes you in the right direction and in the offices of your dream internship. Also, I would recommend joining my club, Profashionals. I personally send out weekly internship emails that have about 10 internship listings in the fashion industry of big name companies that are hiring. If anyone is looking for some advice, please contact me! 
 

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