Meet Sarah Krueger, this week’s Flo Recruit Spotlight Summer Intern. Sarah is a Marketing Major in the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin. Sarah spent her summer in Houston as an Intern at PaperCity Magazine, a luxury lifestyle magazine publisher.
What made you want to join the company you interned at?
I wanted to immerse myself in one of the many facets of the fashion world: magazines and print. PaperCity is a renowned fashion magazine in Texas, and they’re headquartered in Houston. I wanted to join this company because their team is full of amazing women of color, and it was an amazing opportunity to put my foot in the door within the very competitive fashion industry. Another thing that stood out was how PaperCity differentiates themselves from other magazines in Texas in terms of how they approach print and fashion.
What do you enjoy most about the city you work in?
Houston is a melting pot; there’s this distinct sense of community that is spread across the metroplex. There’s always an opportunity floating around, and there are always amazing, selfless people that’ll help get you where you aspire to go.
What was your most important takeaway or lesson from your internship?
The biggest thing that I took away from my internship is never to let your fear conquer you. By simply asking a question or bringing up one small topic that seemed intimidating or unwarranted, I was able to create my own opportunities. This allowed me to be a part of wholly unique experiences, such as attending a grand opening for Sephora on behalf of PaperCity and expanding my network and skill set.
What extracurricular activities do you participate in at your university?
I am head of the marketing committee for Texas Black Homecoming, creative director of University Fashion Group, American Marketing Association, BBA Women’s Council, and Black and Indigenous Woman of Color.
Describe your dream job and how your internship helped you get one step closer to it.
My dream job is to be Head of Marketing for Vogue or Elle magazine and to be able to bring more visibility to women of color, especially black women, within the world of fashion and to acknowledge their cultural contributions to fashion trends and styles rightfully. This internship helped me get one step closer by introducing me to a fantastic group of women who currently have my dream position. They were able to pass down generational advice and offer me valuable resources and knowledge that I never would’ve been able to get elsewhere. They also introduced me to the right people for future opportunities and endeavors.
Do you have any words of advice for the next intern in this role?
Never be scared to stand out or ask questions, no matter how intimidating or powerful the person you’re asking may be. Develop thick skin. Be genuinely yourself; your personality and work ethic will always leave a memorable mark. Don’t doubt your abilities; you were chosen to do this internship for a reason.