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Robert Vega, Director FAC 18 / 2304 Whitis Ave. Stop G6200 78712-1508 • 512-471-7900

Peace & Bags, Marnie Bugs

Fall 2009 Site Review

Position: Customer Service Lead/Buyer Relations Intern
Student: Psychology Junior

As a  Psychology major within the liberal arts program fashion does not always seems like a logical path, but my internship with handbag and accessory company Marnie Bugs has taught me otherwise.  Marnie Bugs is a great company to work for, it specializes in small leather goods and originally started as a handbag company and now expanding into footwear, and accessories like leather cuffs and jewelry. As a smaller company I am able to work side by side with the owner which has been great because I am allowed to be really hands on and learn from real assignments versus just getting coffee and running errands which can sometimes happen at a larger corporation.

My internship requires me to work on a variety of different tasks at once. My main responsibilities are to oversee shipping of new product, to merchandise product at the Austin boutique where Marnie Bugs is sold. In addition I aid Marnie Cooper the owner and designer in product development and marketing the brand. I spend approximately twenty hours a week at the office with Marnie and occasionally hours outside the office working on assignments or promoting at a tradeshow or brand event. My favorite part of the internship is the opportunity to interact with buyers all over the country and really see how the utilize the buying process to maximize sales at their boutiques. My ultimate goal is to become a buyer but I am also open to other careers within the fashion industry. Regardless of what path I choose this internship has given me a diverse set of skills I would be hard pressed to find anywhere else.

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