Internship with Yahoo!’s The Thread
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Carly Racanelli

Major: Communication Arts & Sciences


Hometown: Brightwaters, New York

How did you learn about this opportunity?

I learned about my internship through my neighbors. I previously worked as a model on their show, The Thread, so when it was time for me to get an internship I immediately thought of their company. I had to go through an interview process, but thankfully I was able to get the internship.

Tell us a little bit about your experience.

I had a really great experience during my time at The Thread. I mostly worked in wardrobe as an assistant stylist, but I also managed finances/expenses, and helped produce videos for the company. My tasks as an assistant stylist included shopping for videos that were featured on The Thread, returning clothes, keeping track of all purchases and expenses, and taking shots of the models in the outfits. I helped video production by organizing the set with the associate producer, and helping with the lighting. My responsibilities were challenging at times, but it definitely taught me a lot. I definitely improved on leadership, organization, and communication skills.

How did this experience impact you academically?

This experience impacted me in many ways, including academically. Since I was managing expenses during my internship, I became significantly better with numbers. I was also able to learn about spread sheets, and Microsoft Excel, which will be extremely useful throughout my college years. Another way that this experience impacted me academically was through communication within the workplace. The employees at The Thread are all well spoken and professional. This challenged me to be more thoughtful about my speech and written communication. The position required me to improve my writing skills as I communicated with other companies, models, and employees at The Thread.

This internship really helped me see both the creative and marketing aspects of advertisement.

What are your career goals or plans? How did this experience impact them?

As a Communications of Arts and Sciences major I hope to be involved in public relations or advertising. This experience furthered my career plans because by interning at The Thread I really got a feel for both public relations and advertising. Most of the videos that are produced at The Thread are advertising some type of product. For example, there was a Clairol hair product shoot that I was on set for. This internship really helped me see both the creative and marketing aspects of advertisement. By working with different clients and models, I was able to experience aspects of public relations, which also was great for my future career plans.

Would you recommend this experience to other liberal arts students? If yes, why?

I would one hundred percent recommend this experience to other liberal arts students. It was an extremely enriching experience that I will look back on forever. When interning at a company, you really get to see what really goes on behind the scenes. You also meet a lot of successful people who are great to have in your contacts for future references or job opportunities. Also, since I am very interested in fashion advertising and production, this experience was even more beneficial for me. Throughout my internship I have learned a lot from a my mistakes, which will help me to succeed in the future. I am very grateful that I was able to get this opportunity because it has made me a more professional, goal-oriented, and harder working person.

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