Exciting news! The Vice President of Talent Acquisition for Williams-Sonoma is coming on campus, Thursday, April 25th, to interview for the below position. If you would like to be considered please email your resume and digital portfolio (if applicable) by Friday, April 19th to firstname.lastname@example.org. Interviews with selected candidates will be arranged the following Monday. Please note that this internship is paid, and payment is TBD. There is no assistance with housing in the San Francisco Bay area.
Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you!
Ali Harrell, Career Adviser
Summer Internship Program
Product Development & Design 2013
Williams-Sonoma, Inc. is a specialty retailer of home furnishings and gourmet cookware prided for “enhancing the quality of life at home.” We offer high-quality, stylish products for every room in the house: from the kitchen to the living room, bedroom, home office and even the hall closet. Williams- Sonoma, Inc. is a vertically integrated company pursuing business through three channels: retail, catalog and e-Commerce.
The Williams-Sonoma, Inc. internship program provides undergraduate students with the opportunity to work in our Product Development department, with a focus on learning the role of a designer within our brands. The goal is provide foundational experience and exposure to a career in design within a retail environment.
For the first week of your internship, we will place you in one of our Pottery Barn or Pottery Barn Kids retail stores in the Bay Area. You will gain exposure to our product aesthetic and also have the chance to spend time directly with the customers, seeing firsthand the impact the retail stores have on the overall success of the business.
Over the next eight and a half (8.5) weeks you will experience what it is like to be a part of the Product Development Design team who creates artisanal, inspired products to enhance our customer’s lives at home – products they will want to pass from generation to generation. In this internship you will learn about:
Creating each season from ideation to completion.
Using our core products and layering on to them seasonally.
Inspiring our merchant teams to understand the vision of the season and the big ideas that are important for each season.
Driving new fabrications into our collections to keep the assortment fresh and relevant.
The 9.5 week program begins on Monday, June 17th and ends on Wednesday, August 21st.
Week 1: Retail stores within the Bay Area (Pottery Barn or Pottery Barn Kids)
Weeks 2 – 9.5: Corporate Headquarters, San Francisco, CA
QUALIFICATIONS & SKILLS
Undergraduate or Masters in an accredited degree program
Strong verbal and written communication skills
Ability to sketch, draw and ideate
Ability to work independently under tight timelines
Ability to prioritize and multi-task
Proficiency in MAC and PC
Intermediate proficiency with Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign.
Strong sense of style and ability to develop brand-appropriate concepts informed by relevant industry trends and media content
Ability to work in the San Francisco area for the full 9.5 week program
Passion for the home industry
POSSIBLE INTERNSHIP PROJECTS
In addition to assistance with daily office functions, an overarching project will be assigned to interns or groups of interns to complete and present at the conclusion of the internship. Projects may include:
Building or digitally composing mock ups during the design process
Preparing boards for presentations
Assisting with specs during spec deadlines
Assisting with commenting on prototypes
Searching the internet for competitor comparison and home design industry research data
Assist with concepting process of upcoming seasonal product
Assist with the development process of product concept to execution
Other projects as assigned
This position is not eligible for Visa sponsorship.