It's a busy, busy time here at GAIA. We're preparing big orders and launching some pretty new spring things (check out our gorgeous new pillows and be on the lookout for a preppy-cool new line of pouches). So it's all hands on deck, including two great interns who are helping us stay on top of things.
What do GAIA interns do? Sometimes they're counting pompoms. Other times they're assisting with photos or dreaming up names for new products. Usually they're learning a little something about running a small business, and they're always ambassadors for the GAIA, helping us uphold our mission: creating beautiful style with purpose.
We're happy to introduce you to a couple of great Texas gals who are helping us get some big things accomplished this season.
Name: Shelby Lynne Anders (pictured on the right)
Hometown: Kilgore, Texas
School: Dallas Baptist University
Class of: 2018
Area of study: Business marketing with a focus in public relations and behavioral management
Dream job: Editor-in-chief at Teen Vogue
Why are you excited to be at GAIA? GAIA is one of a kind. The products, the artisans who make them, and the culture of GAIA is unique — especially in Dallas. I am ecstatic for the opportunity to encourage, empower, and walk alongside the gals of GAIA.
What does “refugee” mean to you? Strong. I see such strength in the refugee women of GAIA. Their intellect, wisdom, determination, and laughter reveal an inner beauty that is timeless. Their journeys have not been easy, and the sacrifices they make are endless. And to be immersed in a culture that is not their own, to learn and thrive takes immense strength.
Favorite GAIA product and why? I am obsessed with the Pom Pom bag. They make such a statement. In particular, the Lala is my favorite by far. It is whimsical yet neutral. I love the peachy poms — my absolute favorite color and print combo hands down.
Name: Ann Pollan
Hometown: Ennis, Texas
School: Pepperdine University
Class of: 2018
Area of study: To be determined (LOL!)
Dream job: I consider myself to be very creative. I think my dream job would to be a creative director or something similar. I would love to be able to tell a story to an audience through clothing and furniture. I would also love to have my own clothing line.
Why are you excited to be at GAIA? I love the appearance of GAIA products. When I first saw GAIA products at Cabana and then heard the story of GAIA, I knew I wanted to intern or volunteer here. I was super excited to find a local brand that was very fashionable and had a great mission in my own backyard.
What does “refugee” mean to you? Survivor
Favorite GAIA product and why? I love the Cha Cha bag. I’ve been told big things come in small packages. That is how I feel about this bag. The bag is small, but between the fringe and the gold chain it will definitely be noticed. I am very petite, so the fringe clutch is a great size for me — and it’s perfect for date night.
Interested in interning with GAIA? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.