A Day In The Life of An Urban Intern - Urban Outfitters Blog
Let’s face it, we’ve all heard those chilling Devil Wear’s Prada-esque fashion intern horror stories (so long, visions of glamour). However, life as a fresh-faced intern doesn’t always equate to months of tears and tribulations. To find out the real story, we grilled Menswear Buying Intern, Will McCarthy (@dude_will) about his year with us at Urban HQ. From attending buying appointments to securing an invite to London Fashion Week and even modelling on the UO Instagram, Will gives us the lowdown on life as an Urban intern.
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A Day In The Life of an Urban Intern

A Day In The Life of An Urban Intern


Let’s face it, we’ve all heard those chilling Devil Wear’s Prada-esque fashion intern horror stories (so long, visions of glamour). However, life as a fresh-faced intern doesn’t always equate to months of tears and tribulations. To find out the real story, we grilled Menswear Buying Intern, Will McCarthy (@dude_will) about his year with us at Urban HQ. From attending buying appointments to securing an invite to London Fashion Week and even modelling on the UO Instagram, Will gives us the lowdown on life as an Urban intern.

 

A Day In The Life of an Urban Intern

I never thought I would enjoy my placement year as much as I actually have. I wake up wanting to go to work and am absolutely gutted to be leaving. But obviously, more importantly, the sheer amount of free clothes I’ve acquired has exceeded my expectations. I am now the proud ‘Chuck Out King’.

 

 

So Will, which uni are you at and what are you studying? 

 

I’m at Nottingham Trent, studying Business Management with Marketing.

 

 

How did you get an internship with the UO Menswear team? 

 

I originally applied for an internship with the Marketing team. However, due to staffing rearrangements, I was given the option to join the Menswear Branded Buying Team instead. I was apprehensive at first, but it was definitely the best risk I have taken!

 

 

What made you choose UO? 

 

I really related to the brand before I even applied for the role. I was so keen to work for a company I understood and completely respected, but one that would also allow me the freedom to be creative. I had read that the UO Head Office was a really relaxed, yet fast-paced environment, which was much more suited to me than something super corporate. 

 

 

 

Keeping busy with day-to-day tasks.

 

 

Tell us what a typical day in the life of an Urban intern entails…

 

Generally, it’s a hard to put my finger on set daily tasks, as I never know exactly what each day will entail! That’s what I love about it though. Typically, we’ll start the day with a Love Island catch-up or debate (of course). Then from day-to-day, I tend to assist my team with deciding and managing which brands the entirety of Urban Outfitters Europe want to stock and which styles from these brands we’re eager to get.

 

We work seasons in advance, so it’s sick to see what next summer or winter will look like. Although, this has it’s downfalls too. I’ll fall in love with pieces and then not be able to get them for months. Torture! 

 

Within my role, I tend to help out with all the admin processes behind getting product into stores. So, I could be raising and amending orders, as well as building and maintaining relationships with our partnership brands. I also assist both the needs of those brands, as well as the general needs of the rest of the teams at UO. 

 

This can consist of anything from organising samples and collating reports, to attending general catch-up meetings, to frantically changing orders at the last minute. It’s great though, because I always get invited to brand parties and sponsored events (what a bonus).

 

 

 

Spotted: modelling on the ‘gram. 

 

 

What have been your highlights from your year at Urban?

 

The first time I went to a Buying Appointment. It was so humbling to actually get to have a say and a little bit of an influence in the decisions that were being made. It was exciting too, and so interesting to see what my future could be like.

 

Also, going to London Fashion Week was an absolute check off the old bucket list. The atmosphere and the impeccably high standard of the shows was mind-blowing, and definitely great for the Insta! [laughs]. I got to meet lots of designers, influencers and celebs. Too good!

 

Then finally, but by no means least, the Urban Christmas Party! It was great to be able to celebrate everyone’s hard work, but also to see people let loose!

 

 

 

Causing chaos in the office.

 

 

What will you be taking away from this experience? 

 

Genuine friends, solid career aspirations and plenty of new passions. Oh, and a tattoo –  my supervisor and I got each other’s initials!

 

 

Has it been as you expected or has anything surprised you? 

 

I thought it would be a nice experience from what I’d previously read about the company, but I never expected that the working environment would be as close and friendly as it is. It’s been so good to really get along with my colleagues, who are of all ages. I also didn’t expect to come away from my time at Urban with lots of genuine friends and a new fam.   

 

I never thought I would enjoy my placement year as much as I actually have. I wake up wanting to go to work and am absolutely gutted to be leaving. But obviously, more importantly, the sheer amount of free clothes I’ve acquired has exceeded my expectations. I am now the proud ‘Chuck Out King’. 

 

 

A Day In The Life of An Urban Intern

 

Fetching beer at the Dream Wife gig, UO Marble Arch.

 

 

What’s the career plan for after uni? 

 

This placement has definitely focused my career heavily towards buying. I’m in love with the blend of creativity and risk taking, numerics and organisation and trend forecasting and volatility. If I get the opportunity to come back to Urban, I’ll take it in an instant!  

 

 

What tips would you give to people looking for fashion internships? 

 

Be unconventional, push the limits of what is expected of you – whether this is by adopting a new method or by just always going the extra mile. I did this in my application and it got me the job! I styled my CV and cover letter to look like the UO Blog, as if they were interviewing me as to why I should get the job. The marketing team loved it! 

 

I also say, don’t be afraid to get involved in areas that you may not have previously specialised in, as you never know what you’ll learn and take away from the experience. I’ve gained invaluable experience in both Brand Marketing and Experiential Marketing from asking questions and pushing myself to make connections throughout the office! 

 

 

And finally, how many cups of tea have you actually had to make? Be honest.

 

You know, I didn’t actually make any until my TENTH month in! I thought I’d got away with it didn’t I. Although, I did once get coffee and a snack for our CEO. #Blessed.

 

 

 

Feeling inspired? If life as an Urban Intern sounds like it could be right up your street, then why not give it a try? Applications for next year’s intake don’t open until late November 2018, but will be posted here as soon as they’re live. Placements run for a full year from July-July and are open to students only. For more information and further details of how to apply, visit UO Careers.

 

 



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