La La Land Yellow Dress Forever 21

Forever 21 dress | Old Navy flip flops

It’s official — this summer, I’ll be working as an Associate iOS Engineer at URBN, the parent company that Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, Free People, Terrain, and BHLDN, in their Home Office in Philly!

“I’m really bad at showing my excitement, but I’m really, really excited,” I told my future manager after I found out I’d gotten the position. This still doesn’t feel real (and trust me, I’ve been pinching myself since I received the offer letter). I’ll be writing, testing, and maintaining code with the rest of the iOS dev team and actually getting to see what “doing Agile” means in a business setting. I’m also the first intern the iOS team has ever had, which is really cool to think about.

La La Land Yellow Dress Forever 21

La La Land Yellow Dress Forever 21

This is part of URBN’s official internship program that encompasses all their departments, including software engineering (where I’ll be), logistics, blogging, visual display, cut & sew, etc. At the end of the summer, we all create and present final projects. I’m looking forward to meeting the other interns and seeing what they’re working on.

La La Land Yellow Dress Forever 21

The URBN Home Office is located at The Navy Yard, a remodeled shipbuilding factory that is so #aesthetic that it will override any meaning of #aesthetic you’ve previously held in your mind. I’ve always admired the visual appeal of URBN stores; their corporate headquarters does not disappoint, either. It’s also a dog-friendly office (!!!).

Just … wow. There was a time when I worried that I would have to give up my undying love for style in order to be a legitimate software engineer. The best part, to me, has been finding out how untrue this fear was and putting that annoying voice going hmm-maybe-I’ve-been-writing-too-many-fashion-related-programs to rest. Cheers to that.

La La Land Yellow Dress Forever 21

I’ll be blogging about my experiences with the internship every step of the way (and taking tons of photos too, obviously), so follow along and let me know what content you want to see on the blog in these upcoming weeks!

Mimi Chenyao