The Next Generation

Alexandra Gutierrez Daniela Jacobs Foster Huntington Dawn Gregory & Katherine Comparetto Dress Code: Dan & Andre

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Name: Alexandra Gutierrez
Age: 26
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Where you intern: Building 139 at Urban Outfitters, doing web styling

Where did you go to school and what was your major?
I graduated from industrial design at University of the Arts in 2006.

What do you want to do when you grow up?
Be the creative director of an influential fashion magazine.

What's the most fun thing about your internship?
Putting outfits together, creating looks and working in a fun environment where I learn what styling entails.

What advice would you give to people who want to get internships?
To persevere, get experience and most importantly have a genuine interest for learning. Work hard at everything you do.

What's the biggest thing you have learned?
Teamwork, when people work together, things get done. And to always be open to learning new things because everyday brings new challenges and opportunities to grow.

What do you do when you're not interning?
I like to read classic literature and magazines, look at runway shows, practice styling on my friends, go out, listen to great music, go vintage and furniture hunt, and travel whenever I can.

What are your plans for the summer?
Traveling to Barcelona and its beaches.

What's your favorite way to spend a summer day?
Going to the beach with friends, and riding my bike around the city or going to parks for picnics.

What are your three favorite things that you own?
1. The watch my parents gave me because it reminds me of them.
2. My family pictures (since they don't live here).
3. My phone because it keeps me connected with everybody.

What are your favorite items of clothing?
This generally changes with the seasons, but lately:
1. My Pedro Garcia high heels because they feel like Birkenstocks, only 4 inches high—they seem too good to be true.
2. My French military jacket because it's lightweight enough for spring but also warm enough for winter, it has a crazy seam and is just great.
3. My Marni shirts that I got when I was in Italy, they are very comfortable with funky shapes and patterns.

What is on your iPod right now?
"Fallen Snow (the Teenagers remix)" by Au Revoir Simone
"Red Sox Pugie" by Foals
"I Lust U" by Neon Neon
Sleeping States
White Denim
DeVotchka
Empire of the Sun
"Sky and Sand" by Paul Kalkbrenner (from Berlin Calling)

Who do you admire?
In order of importance:
My family because they are the strongest people I know and they push me to be my best.
Professionally:
Carine Roitfeld, Emmanuelle Alt, Inez Van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, Mert Alas and Marcus Piggot, they are all amazing at styling and producing the images they want to portray.

If you could change one, only one, thing about the world, what would it be?
The fact that our world is deteriorating... I wish we could have more knowledge to promote sustainability and avoid the inevitable decay that we might face.

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Name: Daniela Jacobs
Age: 18
Location: New York, NY
Where you intern: Refinery 29

Where do you go to school and what's your major?
I went to LaGuardia High School and I was an art major. Next year I'll be going to Parsons as a fashion major.

What do you want to do when you grow up?
I'm not totally sure yet. I love fashion photography, designing clothes, and following trends in the fashion industry, but I also love writing and history. I've had two independent fashion shows that I put on myself—I sewed, designed and photographed all the looks—so I can see myself doing more of that in the future. Ideally my life will consist of a mix of all of these things.

What's the most fun thing about your internship?
I love taking "Street Seen" photos and writing posts and then seeing them appear online!

What advice would you give to people who want to get internships?
Go for it! Interning is a great way to get to know what a job or an industry is really like.

What do you think is the biggest thing you've learned?
I've learned how random conversations and chance encounters can really lead to fabulous new opportunities!

What do you do when you're not going to school or interning?
I sew and design clothes, cook, draw, read, bike all around New York City, and hang out with friends.

What are your plans for the summer?
I am interning up until I go to Mallorca, Spain, where my grandparents have a house. I'll be there all of July and August.

What's your favorite way to spend a summer day?
I sleep in, throw on a light summer dress and leather sandals and go to my favorite bakery, where I get a croissant that is fresh out of the oven. Then I go to one of the small cafes in the center of my town and hang out there, eating breakfast and reading a good book or writing postcards. Then in the evening I'll go to the sea to swim and watch the sun set from under water.

What are your three favorite things that you own?
A dress form that I make my clothes on; a bright orange-red typewriter that still works that I got second-hand in Mallorca for 5 Euros; a vintage binoculars case that I use as a purse.

What are your three favorite items of clothing?
A summer dress I made myself last year; a pair of high-waisted blue jeans I got second-hand in Mallorca; a sort of shaggy lambswool vest my Grandma gave me. It's too big on me, and someone once told me I looked like a bear in it, but I think it's kind of great and I wear it anyway.

What's on your iPod right now?
I am probably the only person left in the world who doesn't have an iPod, but lately I've been listening to a Catalan band called Els Pets, The Andrews Sisters, Chico Buarque in the '60s, M.I.A., Carmen Miranda in the '40s, and the Talking Heads.

Who do you admire?
I admire Jaques Pepin. I love his aesthetic in the kitchen—simple, elegant, delicious dishes. And I love watching him chop onions on his TV show! I also admire Man Ray for his creative portraits of women and experiments with different photographic techniques; Gaetano Massa, a historian I knew who died this year at age 97 but who never stopped learning; and whoever invented high-waisted pants.

If you could change one, only one, thing about the world, what would it be?
I would make polluting the planet illegal. I would make sure that environmental decisions aren't made by anyone with a political or financial agenda. We are destroying the earth beyond repair. There will be no fashion industry, no arts, no culture to explore if Manhattan is under water and Alaska's temperatures grow to resemble Florida's!

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Name: Foster Huntington
Age: 21
Location: Portland, ME
Where you intern: Rogues Gallery

Where do you go to school and what's your major?
I am a Science, Technology and Society Major at Colby College in Waterville, Maine. STS is the study of how advances in technology affect society. The curriculum includes a class I am taking this semester investigating how peak oil will change the way we live. Last semester, I took a class on the history of environmentalism, starting with conservationists like John Muir.

What do you want to do when you grow up?
I want to do high-level creative art and direction for an American brand like J.Crew or Ralph Lauren.

What's the most fun thing about your internship?
My favorite part of interning for Rogues has been doing concept research and helping to come up with ideas for next season's collection. This included pulling images from '80s horror movies for inspiration for graphic T's and looking through old English Premiership logos for ideas for badges for accessories.

What advice would you give to people who want to get internships?
Be persistent and resourceful. I sent five emails to Rogues Gallery before they called me back and set up an interview.

What do you think is the biggest thing you've learned?
Instead of focusing on what other people are doing, stick to the abilities unique to your situation. Rogues Gallery is based in Maine and does a great job capturing the heritage and tradition of Maine and not trying to do too much more than that.

What do you do when you're not going to school or interning?
I love traveling and taking photos. I also spend a lot of time working on my blog, arestlesstransplant.com.

What are your plans for the summer?
If all goes as planned, I will be in New York interning for Ralph Lauren doing concept work for eight of their menswear brands. I also hope to make it back to Portland, Oregon, where I was born and raised, to see some of the beautiful Northwest.

What's your favorite way to spend a summer day?
I would get up early and have a full day of adventures in the outdoors with a couple of my close friends. We would eat BBQ at Podnah's Pit in North East Portland at some point. My camera would never leave my hand. As the day wound down, my friends and I would have a cookout and camping extravaganza.

What are your three favorite things that you own?
Canon 5D Mark II digital SLR
Richard Avedon's book, In the American West
A Juiceman Pro Juicer for making tasty and nutritious juice

What are your three favorite items of clothing?
Danner Mountain Light II hiking boots
Filson Mackinaw Cruiser Wool Jacket
SNS Herning Wool Sweater

What's on your iPod right now?
I can't stop listening to the Dire Straits and the soundtrack to the Bond movie On Her Majesty's Secret Service. Recently I have been listening to a bunch of audio books, like Jack London's The Call of the Wild and Bill Bryson's A Walk in The Woods, on an old-school cassette player.

Who do you admire?
I admire my younger brother, Tim Huntington, for being honest and more virtuous than I can ever be, and Henry David Thoreau for being an amazing writer and free spirit.

If you could change one, only one, thing about the world, what would it be?
I would make travel more feasible and environmentally sustainable. Traveling and seeing new places has changed my life by introducing me to new people and ideas and I would love for more people to have that opportunity.

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Name: Dawn Gregory & Katherine Comparetto
Age: Dawn: 22 / Katherine: 22
Location: San Clemente, CA
Where you intern:
Dawn: The one and only Foam Magazine
Katherine: Foam Magazine, but I just got promoted to assistant editor!

Where do you go to school and what's your major?
Dawn: Mmm, working on it...
Katherine: Fullerton College... slowly but surely in marketing.

What do you want to do when you grow up?
Dawn: PR for a showroom... maybe styling... wear amazing shoes at all times.
Katherine: Foam has made me realize that I'd really love to continue working for a magazine... assisting our editors and stylists has been amazing.

What's the most fun thing about your internship?
Dawn: Hands down the people I work with. Going to photo shoots is always fun, too.
Katherine: It's great working with everyone involved at Foam, they all make it worth being there. It's amazing once a new issue is printed and we see the result of all the hard work.

What advice would you give to people who want to get internships?
Dawn: Do it, commit to it, and it will be worth it!
Katherine: E-mail me! Katherine@foammagazine.com. We need interns!

What do you think is the biggest thing you've learned?
Dawn: Organization is key. It can get pretty crazy if you can't keep things in order.
Katherine:Multitasking, there's always work to do somewhere and not a minute to waste.

What do you do when you're not going to school or interning?
Dawn: Hang out with my girlfriends.
Katherine: I'm always working, but I manage to go out as much as possible even if that means the least amount of sleep. My motto is 'I'll sleep when I'm dead!'

What are your plans for the summer?
Dawn: Lots of beaching it, and lots of L.A. I can never get enough.
Katherine: Europe for a month, and when I get back working/hanging with my girls/school/saving to move to L.A.

What's your favorite way to spend a summer day?
Dawn: Sleeping in, meeting up with my friends, and going to the beach.
Katherine: Drinks, shopping and movies at the Cemetery.

What are your three favorite things that you own?
Dawn: An oversized men's cardigan I got from a thrift store, my iPod, and my cats.
Katherine: Mini Cooper, my movie collection and my BlackBerry.

What are your three favorite items of clothing?
Dawn: Oversized tank tops, oversized cardigans, and amazing shoes.
Katherine: As of right now... Cheap Mondays, Signature Reports, and my leather jacket.

What's on your iPod right now?
Dawn: Lots of Beatles, Rolling Stones, The Zombies, Cat Power, the Black Keys and Modest Mouse. Oldies make me the happiest, though.
Katherine: Coconut Records... I'm in love with Jason Schwartzman.

Who do you admire?
Dawn: The Olsens... doesn't every girl?
Katherine: Charlotte Gainsbourg. She's so beautiful.

If you could change one, only one, thing about the world, what would it be?
Dawn: I wish everyone would be a little more eco friendly.
Katherine: I have a friend that's all about being positive in '09... Let's get everyone in on that.

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Dress Code is the New York graphic design firm of Andre Andreev and G. Dan Covert. Both professors at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, they recently published their first book, Never Sleep, about going from school to the real world. They're now working on a book about interning, so we asked them for some advice. Take it at your own risk.

How To Be the Best Intern (EVER)

• Surf the web or chat to your homies on IM, instead of working like us suckers.

• Show up late to work while drunk.

• Act cocky or entitled to respect without earning it.

• Talk so much that other people can't get their work done.

• Ask too many stupid little questions that you could answer with Google and/or common knowledge.

• Never, ever ask anyone if they could use your help, especially when you have nothing to do.

• Talk on the phone to your friends so loud that we all hear your conversation.

• Make sexual advances toward the people you work with.

• Write all your emails using slang and bad grammar. Never spell check anything.

• Complain to your co-workers about how much you are getting paid.

• Leave work without explaining where you are going or how long you'll be gone.

• Pick terrible music to play on the stereo.

• Wear Uggs and/or sweatpants.

• Interrupt our clients with your not-so-funny story when they're talking.

• Sigh or show annoyance when we ask you to sweep the floor or take out the garbage.

• Take your boss's chair because it's more comfortable.

• Don't laugh at your boss's jokes.

• Always leave right at 6.

• Misspell addresses or names on packages we ask you to mail out.

• Answer the office phone with "Uhhh, hello?"

Never Sleep: From Graduating to Graphic Design (de.MO, 2009)

Check them out at: www.neversleepbook.com