What’s it like to work at Lulu? Laura and Natasha, interns in New York and London, tell us about their experiences so far! Keep reading for this special sneak peek inside the Lulu offices…
What made you want to work for Lulu?
“I know all too well the stress of dating…”
My friend introduced me to Lulu in my junior year at high school when she explained to our lunch group how the app worked. Intrigued, the girls and I immediately downloaded the app. Everyone must have been wondering what we were laughing and gasping at because the app quickly spread around the school afterwards.
As soon as I saw the words “Lulu” and “work experience” on an ad for one of their marketing projects, I immediately messaged the Marketing Manager to arrange an interview; for the next three months, I balanced school, pledging for my sorority, hanging with my friends, and Lulu (and boys). The experience was really fun so when they mentioned a paid internship in their New York office, I jumped at the chance!
I think the vision behind the app is so powerful. I know all too well that dating can be a huge stress without references. I had a couple of really bad dates back when I was a student: once a guy actually turned up to a dinner date drunk and was so rude to the staff that he got us kicked out of the restaurant! Naturally, I was interested in a tool that helps girls make smarter decisions after that disaster.
What’s it like working at the Lulu offices?
“There is never a dull moment at Lulu”
I’m not sitting at a cubicle or in a quiet, reserved office: everyone here is social and inviting. I’m really enjoying the openness of start-up culture and how every single member of the team contributes to its vibrant atmosphere. I was asked on my very first day to come up with some hashtags; soon after, I saw my hashtags on the app! It felt incredible.
I have to say there is never a dull moment at Lulu. On my first day, which coincided with Halloween, my nerves subsided as I was given a warm welcome by some costume-clad team members: a pirate (CEO, Alexandra), a cowgirl (Co founder, Alison), a bumble bee (Marketing Director, Deborah) and Mickey Mouse (CFO, Kew). It was clear that this was going to be an interesting experience.
Several months on, I have learned so much and my confidence has grown immensely. I’ve felt like an active member of the team since Day One: from partaking in product brainstorms to organising international conferences, there have been endless opportunities to get involved!
Are you enjoying working in ‘The Big City’?
“Now, here I am in an exciting and busy office”
New York is awe-inspiring. There are millions of people around and activities to do all the time; it’s a beating heart. The only work experience I’d had prior to coming to the east coast was a relaxed job at a crepe restaurant. Now, here I am in an exciting and busy office in the Flatiron district! Cooking is pretty different to marketing. Very surreal.
Yes, it’s exhilarating! I’d always been told that London is a fantastic place to be a young professional and I can certainly vouch for that accolade now. There is always something going on in the city with its eccentric markets, beautiful old buildings on display, and amazing shows.
What are your plans for the future?
“Lulu has prepared me for future challenges”
L: Working here has helped me decide my plans for the future. Prior to this experience, I had no idea. Now, I know that I want to gain a degree in Media Studies, with an emphasis on PR and Marketing, and, one day, to work for a large tech company in the Silicon Valley.
N: I felt the same as Laura before my internship, but now I’ve decided that I would definitely like to pursue a career in marketing. I just love how creative it is, and working for a fast-paced start-up has certainly prepared me well for the challenges of the industry!
Laura and Natasha, Interns at Lulu