Summer internships open doors and possibilities for Denison University students. In the summer of 2017, Brooke Stiles ’20, a communication major and theatre minor from Akron, Ohio, was able to take advantage of an internship that was made possible by funding through Denison’s Austin E. Knowlton Center for Career Exploration.
Stiles, who had not been to New York City on her own prior to this experience, was interested in pursuing an internship around fashion writing and photography. A career counselor at Knowlton suggested several sources for information about internships in those fields. Stiles did her research and contacted Adelle Goldenberg, editor-in-chief of fashion blog GlamSalad. Stiles pitched her the idea of coming to New York three times over the summer to interview and photograph people for the blog.
After seeing samples of Stile’s work, Goldenberg was on board — and Stiles was ready. Over three extended weekends during the summer, she traveled to the Big Apple where she interviewed and photographed Emma Pfaeffle, who currently is playing Veruca Salt in Broadway's “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” and Taylor Louderman, who recently played Lauren in “Kinky Boots” and is now in rehearsal as the iconic Regina George for a new Broadway musical production of “Mean Girls.”
“They gave me a glimpse into the lives of full-time performers,” said Stiles, who now counts both Pfaeffle and Louderman as friends. “Along with these two Broadway performers, I interviewed Tony Award-winning costume designer Paloma Young about her experiences and asked for her advice for aspiring designers. She even let me play ‘spin-the-top’ with her Tony!”
Stiles photographed and wrote profiles on the artists, which have been published on GlamSalad.com. Goldenberg was so impressed with her work that she offered Stiles a position as a contributing editor for the blog. In her role, Stiles will be sharing the fashionistas of the Midwest with the world.
Making the most of her time in New York, Stiles also contacted Liv Schreiber, the CEO of Latico Leathers, a designer and manufacturer of leather goods for women and men. Stiles was a big fan of the company and had been following it on social media. When Schreiber asked her for a critique and suggestions, Stiles gave her some insightful feedback — and was given an opportunity to prove herself.