Silvia Garcia, an international student from Mexico set out on a transformative journey when she won the Vogue Australia internship while studying a Master of Design with Billy Blue College of Design at Torrens University. Silvia’s story is proof that new experiences can unlock career-defining opportunities.
From Mexico to being selected for the Vogue Australia internship
After learning she’d been selected to intern with Vogue Living, Silvia felt a mix of emotions. “Surprised, excited and a bit nervous, but mostly surprised,” she explains. “It is a wonderful opportunity to get a jumpstart in my career here in Australia, and a chance to learn and receive mentorship by experts in the field.”
The doors to professional growth and learning had swung open wide for Silvia
A day in the life of a Vogue Australia intern
Silvia’s responsibilities involved meticulous image sourcing for social media. Briefed on a particular topic, she’d search past issues and other resources to be used for their online presence.
Silvia’s experience at the magazine extended beyond briefs and tasks, as she had the privilege of learning from industry professionals, including Deputy Editor Virginia Jen and Art Director Sandy Dao. “Virginia, Sandy and the team were very approachable, friendly and willing to take the time to answer my questions,” says Silvia. “They gave me guidance and professional advice.”
Moreover, the internship also taught Silvia the value of exploring diverse fields and varied work experiences. “I believe it’s important to be exposed to a variety of fields and kinds of work. Being open to learning and actively doing so ultimately makes you a more competent individual.”
Why an internship with industry giants is important
Internships of this calibre provide firsthand industry insights, a chance to learn from the best and opportunities to forge invaluable connections. Experiences like this have the capacity to propel the careers of budding professionals like Silvia to new heights.
“I arrived in Australia in late August last year in hopes of building my professional career in this country,” says Silvia, whose Vogue internship represented the culmination of her efforts and the realisation of her dreams.
While Silvia’s background was mainly in graphic design, her internship with Vogue ignited a newfound interest in publishing and print. Her introduction to the world of interior design – a field entirely new to her – also sparked a fresh passion. Her time at the iconic brand was like a masterclass in aesthetics, creativity and the art of visual storytelling.
By the end of her internship, Silvia had accumulated hands-on experience and a wealth of insights – potentially leading to an unforeseen career trajectory. “I know this internship will open new doors for me and will set me up to explore other opportunities,” says Silvia.