Special-edition, Congolese-inspired TOMS Shoes
We're teaming up with Giving Partner Eastern Congo Initiative (ECI), an advocacy and grant-making organization founded by Ben Affleck, on two Congolese-inspired designs with an additional give. Read More >>
TOMS x charity: water - An Eyewer collaboration
TOMS and charity: water, an organization founded in 2006 (like TOMS!) that’s dedicated to to helping bring clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations, join forces for the first-ever TOMS Eyewear collab! Read More >>
Giving TOMS Shoes in the DRC
Founded by Ben Affleck in 2010, ECI is an advocacy and grant-making organization that works with and for the people of DRC, the third most populous country in Africa, and one that struggled under a cycle of violence for nearly 20 years – particularly in the east. Read More >>
The seasons are changing (though it’s sometimes hard to tell in sunny Santa Monica), and we’re rolling with the punches in excited anticipation of meeting the TOMS Spring 2012 Intern class.
The new group begins this Thursday, and – truth be told – their impending arrival is making us former interns a little reminiscent.
I’m Chelsea. I penned this here blog in the summer of 2010, and – man! - it feels good to be back for a visit.
With each Intern class comes an Intern blog, but in this one last week in between, we former TOMS interns are staging an Intern blog takeover, for good old time’s sake.
Here are our tips for the TOMS Spring 2012 interns and all those who come after that…
“Be ready to do real work, and a lot of it. What you do with your time here matters! But also be ready to laugh because you’ll see a lot of that around here too!” – Natasha, Fall 2010 Intern Class
“Think someone’s cool? Want to learn more about their job or pre-TOMS experiences? Ask them to grab lunch or coffee. You won’t likely get a ‘no,’ and you most definitely will get to hear a good story.” – Charlene, Summer 2009 Intern Class
“I always describe the TOMS internship program as summer camp. You work hard; play hard; challenge yourself everyday; sing along to some music; surround yourself with amazing people; grow professionally and personally and overall embark on a life changing experience.” – Lizzy, Summer 2010 Intern Class
“Don’t be afraid to bring new ideas to the table. TOMS started with one great idea, and we always love to think about creative new ways to improve and grow.” – Pete, Fall 2011 Intern Class
“Read the TOMS blog. It’s a really great resource if you want to know as much as possible about TOMS. If you’re passionate about the movement, you’ll find yourself wanting to know as much as you can about it. I’ve worked here for more than a year and I still read it almost every day.” – Melanie, Summer 2010 Intern Class
And me? I say,“Stay flexible. Know what you’re good at and offer TOMS that and more. If you think you’re bad at something, try a little bit of that stuff too because this internship offers a really unique opportunity to surround yourself in a network of supportive people who can help you hone in on your skills and lend you a whole new set that you can go on to use to change the world.”
Best of luck, new interns. Can’t wait to meet you!