The second Alexandra “Allie” Norton ’13 set foot in Boston Magazine’s office, she knew that she wanted to intern for the ultra-sophisticated publication. Little did the fashion merchandising and marketing alumna know, one day her paid internship would evolve into an even greater opportunity. But for Norton, securing a post-graduate internship at Boston Magazine was anything but easy.
Breaking into the industry
Before landing her internship at Boston Magazine, Norton took on a variety of jobs. Her first gig in retail sales was at Victoria’s Secret. From that job, she then met Tricia Cromwell, a Boston-based wardrobe consultant and personal shopper, and became an assistant stylist. During her time with Cromwell, she also juggled a position at Lush Handmade Cosmetics as a key holder. Finally, after gaining experience in fashion, Norton applied to Boston Magazine with the help of Rob Brooks, Director of Career Services.
“I first heard of the internship opening at Boston Magazine from Career Services,” said Norton. “They were able to help me customize my cover letter and resume for this opportunity, and steered me in the right direction for obtaining this highly competitive internship.”
At the start of Allie’s internship at Boston Magazine, her title was Marketing and Event Planning Intern. In this role, she was responsible prepping for events and maintaining social media.
“I liked working the events,” she said. “It was exciting to be involved with planning them from start to finish. Even though I’m just an intern, I’m seeing something that I’ve done come together.”
This summer, Norton’s position has shifted into a post-graduate internship. She has been asked to stay at Boston Magazine as a social media intern.” Because of her hard work, she is now embracing social media, and adding even more fashion merchandising and marketing skills to her impressive resume.