End of one chapter is just the beginning of another || Alexa shares her experience as 2016 Caitlin Elizabeth Bridal & Alterations Summer Intern

Caitlin Elizabeth Bridal and Alterations Quad Cities Internship

It's that time of year! Kids of all ages are headed back to school with their new book bags, newly sharpened pencils, and freshly laced sneakers.   Each year, most parents struggle seeing their children go back to school.  I also struggle seeing my interns off to school.  After a three month summer internship, Alexa headed back to Iowa State University to start her Senior year.

Life is about the people you meet and the things you create with them.
— Unknown

As a follower, you may remember when I shared the exciting news that I was going to offer not only a design internship, but also a marketing internship focused on social and digital media.  Looking back, I had no idea at that time how amazing this experience would turn out for not only my intern but also for me.  Alexa shared during her final send off dinner that although you may not be in school you never stop learning.  I am very fortunate to be in a position to offer a hands-on experience to talented, driven college students who want to invest in their development.

Caitlin Elizabeth Bridal and Alterations Quad Cities Internship

To wrap up Alexa's internship, I asked her to share a little insight as a #CEIntern for future interns. 

 

Out of all the projects and tasks you completed during the internship, what was your favorite?

I had many favorite moments during my internship, but I would say one favorite would be the networking.  When I enter the real world, I will be able to take all my networking skills with me. I loved getting to know other small business owners and hear what is important when running their business.  I found networking skills to be valuable because when looking for a job it is all about who you know.  I appreciated Caitlin's expertise on LinkedIn.  She 'pimped my profile' to make it more attractive and helped me update my head shot.  She showed me how to find and connect with people in applicable industries that I may want to pursue.   I cannot wait to potentially meet someone who can help me find the perfect job after college.

Meeting female entrepreneurs at Dunn Bros Coffee in Davenport, IA. 

Meeting female entrepreneurs at Dunn Bros Coffee in Davenport, IA. 

Left to Right: Heather White, Heather White Designs; Fran Maus, Me & Billy; Caitlin Elizabeth, Caitlin Elizabeth Bridal and Alterations; Alexa, Intern

Left to Right: Heather White, Heather White Designs; Fran Maus, Me & Billy; Caitlin Elizabeth, Caitlin Elizabeth Bridal and Alterations; Alexa, Intern

Meeting the creative entrepreneurs of the Rising Tide Society. 

Meeting the creative entrepreneurs of the Rising Tide Society. 

Meeting "Billy" from Me & Billy! 

Meeting "Billy" from Me & Billy! 

Meeting blogging expert, Kim Woodward!

Meeting blogging expert, Kim Woodward!

Interviewing and meeting Tiphanie, owner of Oh So Sweet, was such a fun experience!

Interviewing and meeting Tiphanie, owner of Oh So Sweet, was such a fun experience!

Everybody has strengths -- their unique combination of talents, knowledge, and skills. After reading Gallup's Strengthbased Leadership, can you share what you will take from this experience?

Most people can guess what their strengths might be, but I actually got to take an assessment and get feedback about my top five strengths.  Now that I have identified my strengths I understand how I bring value to a group project, task, event, or team.  If I focus on my strengths and make them even stronger, I can excel further and truly enjoy my work.

 

Caitlin also had me complete the Enneagram assessment.  This personality assessment helped me understand not only how and why I communicate a certain way, but also educated me on how and why other personalities communicate in certain ways.  Knowing this will help me harmonize communication between group members during group projects.

Taking a break from photo editing and blogging sessions with a Oh So Sweet treat.

Taking a break from photo editing and blogging sessions with a Oh So Sweet treat.

We've had so much fun creating content, taking selfies, servicing brides, and more. Do you have any parting words?

I'll remember everything I have learned this summer!  There is no value that can be put on the real world experience I received.  From executing digital and social content to seeing a business from the owner's perspective, I can confidently say this is not any ordinary internship.  I never did any senseless errands like other interns.  Instead of running to get coffee, we would road trip to our local ice cream shop, Whitey's Ice Cream, to get "props" for content photos.  Luckily, I had no problem managing this difficult task. :) 

 

Running a successful business has many facets.  It is apparent through Caitlin's client interactions that you must go above and beyond.  The bridal industry is very personable and Caitlin does an amazing job at making her bridal clients feel like they are the only person in the world getting married. They feel they are getting the 'best' which makes them want to spread the word about Caitlin Elizabeth Bridal and Alterations. Marketing and customer service are both essential!   

Getting 'props' for content development! It's a rough job but someone has to do it. 

Getting 'props' for content development! It's a rough job but someone has to do it. 

When you are asked to be hand model, you do not say 'no'. 

When you are asked to be hand model, you do not say 'no'. 

Dress delivery to a May #CEBride!

Dress delivery to a May #CEBride!

Having fun outside of the studio.  I got to learn how to steam garments! 

Having fun outside of the studio.  I got to learn how to steam garments! 

Picking out dresses at La Belle Vie Bridal for our wedding blog photoshoot.

Picking out dresses at La Belle Vie Bridal for our wedding blog photoshoot.

Bringing wedding dresses to life for our blog post!  

Bringing wedding dresses to life for our blog post!  

Learning Adobe Creative apps to make our photos beautiful!

Learning Adobe Creative apps to make our photos beautiful!

Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.
— Robert Brault

Alexa was not the only person who learned something this summer.  She reminded me:

  • Not everyone gets to be such an influential part of a person's life --- being part of the wedding planning process is truly special. 
  • Have fun and joke occasionally. From her technology mishaps to teeth whitening regimen, we always had a good laugh. 
  • Millennials are not lazy.  Alexa was given tasks to complete before returning to the studio the next day.  She worked independently and was great at self-motivating herself.  Although millennials get labeled lazy, she could not have shattered that stereotype faster.  
Enjoying Dunn Bros Coffee and their new Birchwood Fields location in Davenport, IA.

Enjoying Dunn Bros Coffee and their new Birchwood Fields location in Davenport, IA.

Remember to have fun and joke occasionally.

Remember to have fun and joke occasionally.

Internship farewell dinner at Central Standard Burgers in Davenport, IA. 

Internship farewell dinner at Central Standard Burgers in Davenport, IA. 

If it is not obvious by now, we were serious about our food! 

If it is not obvious by now, we were serious about our food! 

Last day at the studio!  

Last day at the studio!  

Good luck, Alexa, during your last year at Iowa State University!  As long as you have hard work in your stride, good luck will always be on your side.

Sharing my bridal expertise one blog post at a time. As always, thanks for reading. 

-Caitlin Elizabeth

Sharing my bridal expertise one blog post at a time. As always, thanks for reading.   -Caitlin Elizabeth