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My Advice For Bella Mia's Next Intern: Written by Cate Lindstrom

Bella Mia is a vibrant, lively, passionate place focused on making shoppers happy and confident with whatever they put on. These same characteristics remain consistent through their internship program. Being an intern at Bella Mia means hands-on experience and guidance from people who truly enjoy what they do. Along with the instruction, interns will have an opportunity to use their own individual skill sets to shape their learning process. Hands on experience with marketing, branding, advertising, and the in’s and out’s of running a small business - Bella Mia fosters an environment of growth and happiness.

Hi shoppers!

This is Cate reporting on my official last day as the fall intern! As it pains me to say, I will no longer be the intern who gets to run around and experience some of the awesome tasks listed above. However, I cannot wait for what is in store for the next intern who gets the opportunity to have just as rewarding of a learning experience as I did. On that note, I would like to leave Bella Mia with some words of advice for the next Bella-To-Be Intern!

Cate’s Advice For The Next Bella Mia Intern

  1. Go- with- the- flow!

    With the hustle and bustle of two crazy busy stores, sometimes you will have to divert from the original plan… and that’s okay! Keep the end goal in mind, but remember that its okay to change your course of action in order to get a task completed.

  2. Don’t be afraid to ask people if they need help

    This is one tip that I do believe helped define my learning process. Asking customers if they are looking for a specific item or where they can find a certain product helped lead into further conversations. Hence, this allowed me to continue to learn about the store itself along with customer service.

  3. Talk to everyone!

    And now is when I get slightly teary eyed… The Bella Mia team is seriously unbeatable. Everyone has different strengths and personalities that lead to a cohesive team of strong women (along with Warren and Ryan of course!). These girls have taught me so much about the business but as well as life. Its pretty easy to fall in love with this store, but even easier to fall in love with the people who run it! :)

  4. Share your ideas

    Don’t be afraid to share your thoughts. Sometimes when I contributed my input, we were able to help structure a plan in which we both agreed would be beneficial for whatever task we were trying to tackle!

  5. Make the most of your time…

    IT GOES QUICK! Again, its going to be hard not reporting to the lovely Emily D every Wednesday. That being said, I wouldn’t trade any of my experiences here for the world! I am forever grateful to be able to have spent the last three months here and had SO MUCH FUN! Future interns, soak up as much as you can, it’ll be over before you know it.

With one last wholehearted goodbye, my experience at Bella Mia will be one that I will never forget. I cannot wait to see whats in store for this wonderful business and future interns!

XOXO,
Cate

Bella Mia's Internship Experience Written by Jenna Boulter

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Hi, I'm Jenna! I am a senior at Central Michigan University majoring in Fashion Merchandising and minoring in Journalism. I got the amazing opportunity to have my summer internship at Bella Mia.

Bella Mia is an amazing company to work for where they truly help you learn and pick up on what your strengths are and further develop those strengths. The entire staff was friendly, welcoming and helpful to me throughout my time as an intern. For my summer internship I had to complete 10 different learning objectives where I worked closely with Bella Mia’s social media manager, Emily, learning the ins and outs of all things social media.

Emily really helped me learn what it takes and the time and effort needed to create a brands image online. I got to do things such as create and execute weekly Instagram posts for both stores, execute multiple Instagram stories, create blog ideas and help with the execution of Bella Mia’s blog. Some of my favorite things I had the opportunity to do at Bella Mia is assisting with two Bella Mia photoshoots, Summer 2018 lookbook and Fall 2018 back to school. I was able to be a co-photographer in these two shoots.

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Another favorite experience was working with both Sarah and Arlette and helping with their tasks of window displays and store merchandising. It was so beneficial to me to learn from them and be able to have hands on experience merchandising Bella Mia and Dressed-up. Getting to work at Bella Mia’s events and help prepare for them throughout the summer was also a favorite of mine. Everyday at Bella Mia is fun and upbeat, I truly enjoyed coming each day I was there.

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I am so grateful I had the opportunity to learn from amazing and strong women at Bella Mia. The memories and lessons I have from my internship there I will carry with me to school and in my future.