How did you find your internship?
My cousin was hired at Tarte three years ago, which is how I initially learned about the company. She provided me with emails of a few individuals in different departments so I could reach out to them and set up interviews. It was extremely helpful to know someone within the company; however, I still had to research and prepare for each interview, and push to land myself an internship.
What are some of your daily job duties?
Officially, I am part of the Social Media team, however I also help out with Public Relations and Creative Marketing. Some of my daily tasks when working with the social team include creating content for Twitter and Instagram, moderating “Fanreel” (images from social media that will appear on our website), and helping upload images/videos for SnapChat. I was also assigned summer long projects including creating a social media campaign for a new potential lipstick line the company could launch.
What do you like most about your position?
Besides having the opportunity to receive my favorite makeup products for free, what I like most about my position is that every task I’m responsible for is exciting. Even though many parts of my internship require me to sit at my desk for long periods during the day, I never feel like I am anxious for time to go by faster. Although this is partially because I am so enthusiastic about the company, it is also because there is always so much to help out with, even as an intern, and I love learning something new every day. On top of this, Tarte has a more casual or “free” work culture than other companies might, which makes it a friendly, comfortable environment to be in.
Did anything surprise you about the interviewing process or how you located your position?
Initially I interviewed with both the Social Media and Public Relations departments, and I was surprised at how short and casual the interview process was. Unfortunately, due to the distance between Roger Williams and New York, I was only able to do a phone interview with the departments. Because of this, I did double the preparing so I would be able to stand out more during the interview, as there were lots of other students applying for positions. However, in both interviews I was asked a few general questions, which lead into comfortable conversations. To me, this was very pleasing because if I was not hired at Tarte, having the interview experiences, I know I will be more confident in my future interviews.
Do you have any tips for other students that are considering an internship or seeking full-time employment?
My best tip for other students is do as much networking as you can. The easiest, most successful way to get an internship/job that you really want is knowing someone on the inside at a personal level so you can stand out. This is not always easy which is why it is helpful to attend any networking event as you can, take advantage of sites such as linked in, and don’t be afraid to put yourself out there and meet new people! At the time it seems miniscule but it pays off 100% in the end.