Published on July 21, 2020—  Leave a comment

Employee Spotlight: Marketing Interns Sophie, Angelina, Nicole & Sinead Talk Thrift

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Welcome to Employee Spotlight, a thrEDIT original series featuring real-life thredUP employees. Sophie, Angelina, Nicole, and Sinead are our marketing interns and we’re so happy to have them on board this summer. Today, they’re sharing everything from their favorite part of working at thredUP to their best tips for thrifty living.

Sophie, Social Marketing Intern

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Tell us where you go to school and what you do at thredUP.
I’m a Fashion Merchandising major at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. I work with the social team as well as collaborate with the larger marketing team. Currently, I work most on social content, thrEDIT posts, and the thredUP Ambassador Program.

What is something you want to learn the most at your internship at thredUP.
I have already learned so much about the resale industry this summer. Going into this experience, I wanted to learn more about ways to engage an audience, while following the values and brand identity of thredUP.

What are you currently obsessed with?
Skincare! My quarantine obsession. From researching, to purchasing, to applying…I love the entire process! My skincare routine is the perfect way to get myself ready for the day, and unwind at night.

Name your top 3 favorite brands.
When shopping on thredUP, I love to look out for Madewell, Levi’s, and Vince. These are some of my closet staple brands because I know I can depend on their quality and classic styles to keep up with the upcoming seasons!

What’s your top secret tip to cleaning out your closet?
I have just recently started to keep track of the items I actually wear in my closet. Starting off, I place my hangers backwards in my closet, then once I wear an item, I hang it back normally. At the end of each season, the things I didn’t touch are obvious, and I know which items to clean out. I’ve found this super helpful for seasonal closet cleanouts, as well as knowing how to cater toward my personal style the next time I decide to shop.

What are the ways that you stay sustainable? Any tips?
When it comes to shopping for new clothes, I only shop for the items I need. When I buy something new, I like to sell / donate the item that the new purchase will be replacing in my closet. I strive to shop #secondhandfirst for all my needs so I can have the most sustainable (and cost effective!) closet as possible.

Angelina, Copywriting Intern

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Tell us where you go to school and what you do at thredUP.
At the University of San Diego, I’m majoring in English and minoring in Communications. I’m the copywriting intern on the integrated marketing team and I write content for emails, social posts, and thrEDIT posts.

If you thrift, what was your most memorable thrifty find?
I found a retro pair of pink high-rise jeans from Gap. They fit perfectly and are my go-to for summer days, especially trips to the farmers’ market.

Name the one thing you can’t live without.
My round-frame Ray-Ban sunglasses—they go with everything and are the perfect accessory to complete any outfit. You’ll find me wearing these every single day.

Why do you think secondhand first?
When it comes to buying something new, I always try to find it secondhand first. Whether it be apartment decor, or a new denim jacket, I’m on the lookout for something I can reuse. I love the challenge of finding something to upcycle by painting or sewing. Shopping secondhand saves money, helps the planet, and ensures my style is completely one-of-a-kind.

What are you looking forward to wearing most for summer?
Skirts! I just bought three from thredUP and I wear them all the time. They’re super comfy and easy to dress up or down. I love to wear light, flowy skirts with platform sandals or cute sneakers.

What are the ways that you stay sustainable? Any tips?
I’m working on implementing sustainable practices into my daily routine. I drink my iced coffee with metal straws and reusable cups, bring my own bags to grocery stores, and shop secondhand whenever possible. I also make sure my favorite pastime, reading, is sustainable by renting all my books from the library instead of buying them new.

Nicole, Design Intern

 

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Tell us where you go to school and what you do at thredUP.
I just graduated from Pomona College with a degree in Art! At thredUP, I’m the brand design intern, so I’ve been working on design for the online platform as well as social media.

What is something you want to learn the most at your internship at thredUP?
I hope to gain a better understanding of what it’s like to be a part of an in-house design team, and learn how thredUP is rethinking the retail / e-commerce industries.

Share your best life hack.
Don’t be afraid to reach out! I cold-call alumni to learn about their careers and get professional advice. As an art major at a highly academic liberal arts college, pre-professional aspirations were not the most straightforward. However, the alumni network proved to be incredibly friendly and helpful, and is actually how I have landed pretty much all of my internships, including this one!

Name the one thing you can’t live without.
Music. I like a huge variety of music—mostly cross-genre, from pop to R&B to hip-hop and rap to electronic.

What are you currently obsessed with?
Crewneck sweatshirts. They’re my daily go-to and I can’t stop collecting them.

What are you looking forward to wearing most for summer?
You can usually find me in comfortable work-from-home clothing. I am slowly mastering the business-on-top, pajamas-on-bottom look.

Sinead, Influencer Marketing Intern

 

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Tell us where you go to school and what you do at thredUP.
I go to Boston College and work on the influencer marketing team at thredUP. Currently, I’m conducting interviews with people who visited our site after seeing a Generation Z influencer’s post!

What is something you want to learn the most at your internship at thredUP
I’m hoping to become more familiar with the data aspect of marketing. To me, this means watching current influencer campaigns and guessing how well they will perform. I’m also looking at the main indicators of a successful campaign, and brainstorming factors that affect the success of the campaign.

What was your most memorable thrifty find?
A vintage red Timberland quarter zip that I bought in Montreal.

Share your best life hack.
Ask more thoughtful and intentional questions, whether it’s in a friendship, internship, or classroom. Everyone appreciates a person who shows interest in their emotional, professional, or intellectual lives.

Name the one thing you can’t live without.
My family. They have always been a very grounding force in my life and have helped me solve countless dilemmas.

Name your top 3 favorite brands.
Aritizia, Zara, and Madewell. I would describe my style as neutral and relaxed. A typical outfit for me is a T-shirt, jeans, and a pair of sneakers. Shopping these brands helps me add in some color or cool patterns to my style.