Victoria Palmer is a fourth year Bachelor of Management Internship student from Vancouver, BC. During her eight-month internship, Victoria worked for LGFG Fashion House, a world-leading bespoke suit, shirt and shoe brand. LGFG is 7 years old, covers 26 countries, employs over 100 people, and is headquartered in Calgary. Victoria has always had an interest in buying and merchandising and has found an interest in seeing the cycle of service and the product. Working in a few different roles, including direct sales and corporate partnerships, Victoria was able to explore how she fit into the company best, and develop professionally. In addition to the work experience, Victoria also has the opportunity to attend the LGFG bi-annual conference in Manila, Philippines in August, and to meet colleagues from around the world.
“As a professional, my growth throughout this work term has surpassed my expectations. Being in a direct sales role for the first half of my internship, I was faced with tasks such as cold calling and directly approaching prospects. This quickly strengthened my confidence and aided with my next role in corporate partnerships. My time management-yes, time IS money-, goal setting, and personal development strategies were also formed and have ultimately put me in a positive mindset and attitude for any position or personal endeavor moving forward.”
Victoria gained clarity from her internship, an understanding of her professional strengths, and developed those strengths to become more effective. She has a clearer vision of her career path and is more ambitious than ever before.
“Overall, the drive and confidence I’ve developed within this internship has set me further ahead than if I hadn’t participated in the Internship Program, and I will maintain these habits of positive affirmations and goal setting to remain successful in the future.”
As a result, Victoria would recommend the Internship Program “in a heartbeat.” She says that receiving such an opportunity to work for a global organization, travel, become a head of a new strategy for LGFG, and grow as a professional, while still being a student “shows employers that you are ambitious and seek growth.”
Networking is key, according to Victoria, “using the power of LinkedIn to obtain informational interviews is an amazing way to learn about the organization and career you are interested in. Prior to participating in this program, I didn’t know what an informational interview was or that it was even possible. They are not only great for learning about a career but also key in networking and growing your presence with professionals in your industry of interest.
Victoria believes that “It comes down to doing your due diligence in your internship search, conducting informational interviews, being adaptable in your role, and constantly working on your personal development. Actively working on these concepts will put you on track for success in your work term and you will feel the impact moving forward as well,”.
Applications are now being accepted for the Bachelor of Management Internship Program! Visit dal.ca/mcs/internship to learn more!