Anna Bai '24 BSBA (Marketing and Management Information Systems) was a Digital & Technology Intern at Abercrombie & Fitch in Columbus, Ohio.
What was the process for getting this internship, job, or summer experience?
I started this process just applying off the posting on LinkedIn, thinking I'd have no chance of getting it. As I went through the 4 step interview process, I got more and more excited about the prospect of the internship. I went through 3 virtual interview rounds, and then they flew us out for an in person tour of the office and case study, and we heard about our offers after we got back from the trip!
What was your favorite part of the experience?
My favorite part of the experience was the people I met. I went into the internship being 1 of 2 people from the West Coast, and the only person from Arizona. After just a few days I saw how incredible my coworkers were. We made so many memories this summer, and I learned so much from them all.
What did you find most challenging?
Coming in as a marketing and MIS major, I found a lot of people had more technical experience than me. Many had a computer science background, and were more on the development side of things. At first I thought this put me at a disadvantage, but as I was placed on my team and learned more about my role, I realized the recruiters knew who I was and what I was capable of. They placed me on a team that matched my qualifications, and weren't trying to get me to fill a certain box they had. My worries went away and I instead tried to learn as much as I could from everyone there!
What advice do you have for other students looking for a similar experience, or advice for future students to be successful?
An advice I have for students is to really learn how to talk about your experiences in an interview setting. When recruiters are asking you questions, they want to see how you reacted in different situations you were put in. Be able to explain what happened, your thought process behind your decisions, and what you learned. This will make for a much better interview!