A By Women, For Women Internship

By Evangeline Giannopoulos C’18

Evangeline Giannopoulos received a Startup Internship Award this summer to intern at startup Negative Underwear.

This past summer, I was a Customer Insights Intern at Negative Underwear (Negative).

I quite fortuitously discovered Negative. During the school year, I was a campus ambassador for another start-up called LOLA, similarly a company founded by women, for women. I loved my experience working with LOLA. Largely due to the fact that it is a start-up, I felt how the LOLA founders and employees are extremely passionate about their work, an aura which was great to work within. Since at the time LOLA had only launched a few months previously, I really enjoyed the ownership over our work and influence that we ambassadors had on the company. Finally, I appreciated the ability to work extremely closely with and get to know employees from all levels of the company, including the co-founders.

The three summer interns (Grace - left, Evangeline (me) - middle, Rachel - right) in the office
The three summer interns (Grace – left, Evangeline (me) – middle, Rachel – right) in the office

I quite fortuitously discovered Negative. During the school year, I was a campus ambassador for another start-up called LOLA, similarly a company founded by women, for women. I loved my experience working with LOLA. Largely due to the fact that it is a start-up, I felt how the LOLA founders and employees are extremely passionate about their work, an aura which was great to work within. Since at the time LOLA had only launched a few months previously, I really enjoyed the ownership over our work and influence that we ambassadors had on the company. Finally, I appreciated the ability to work extremely closely with and get to know employees from all levels of the company, including the co-founders.

With this start-up nature and in LOLA’s “by women, for women,” spirit, my fellow LOLA ambassadors and I organized a women in entrepreneurship panel. I met Marissa Vosper, co-founder of Negative, at this event as she was one of the panel speakers. Marissa mentioned that Negative has an internship program and that I should reach out to her when internship application season rolled around. I knew I wanted to follow up with Marissa on this offer as Negative shared a lot of qualities I had loved about LOLA. Additionally, I felt interning at a start-up in a more “official” role for three months straight would be an intense learning experience from which I would gain a lot of exposure, different from any other experience I had had before.

My internship experience with Negative indeed met these expectations. When people ask me what I do with my internship, I often take a deep breath. It is not a simple answer. My first week, I started out analyzing customer data and making insights based off this data. I also learned some logistical procedures like order fulfillment. As the days and weeks went by, though, the data analysis project I started off with would evolve and I would take on more and more projects, learn more and more logistical procedures: developing a customer satisfaction survey, negotiating our shipping rates, pulling samples for shoot loans, managing our returns/exchange process, setting up for a trunk show, crafting email campaigns.

Beyond the work that I officially did, though, I was lucky to have two fantastic bosses as mentors and co-interns as friends. Our bosses would take us on staff outings to learn more about us and give life advice over tea. My co-interns and I would eat lunch together and help each other with struggles (that we didn’t want to approach our bosses about quite yet) through Gchat. I think going through this experience would have been impossible—and definitely not as meaningful— without the care and support of our team. I know our bonds didn’t end on my last day, either.

Thank you, Negative, for an awesome first internship experience and wonderful summer!


evangeline_giannopolous_headshot-150x150Bio:
Evangeline Giannopoulos is a junior in the College studying Communication and Consumer Psychology. She was born and raised in New York, though—at first reluctantly—she has come to love Philly, from its foodie scene to its outdoor spaces. On campus, she is very involved with Alternate Spring Break and the V-Day movement. She looks forward to becoming more involved with the entrepreneurial community this year.