As I walked into the Vera Bradley Industrial Road office, I knew this internship was a match made in heaven! I was greeted by smiling faces and cheery desks, each one decked out in Vera Bradley office items. My mental Vera Bradley wish list kept growing and growing as I passed each bulletin board, notebook, and folder!
Human Resources started the day (and summer internship program) by gathering the interns for the morning and introducing us to each other, the company, and the program. It’s absolutely amazing to see how far Vera Bradley has come since the beginning! Watching video clips of co-founders Barbara Bradley Baekgaard and Patricia R. Miller explaining their vision and goals was just the inspiration we needed to kick-start our summer.
After learning about the company, we took a tour of the office. Seeing the photo set, where the product pictures are taken, made me feel like a true Vera Bradley insider. I had to pinch myself that yes… I really am where the magic happens!
I had a bit of a pleasant surprise on my first day: although the offices, products, and girl power messages are undeniably girly, there are quite a few Vera Bradley male employees! Just in the intern program, 9 interns out of the 16 total are guys working in the business services (finance and accounting) and information technology departments.
Seeing the guys here made me think of new criteria for my future husband: he must be able to name the colors of the latest Vera Bradley collection!