The Knot, XO Group Inc
Dover, VA | University of Virginia
My experience this summer has turned out to be so much more than I expected. I interned at The Knot, and I knew I would love it—I love all things weddings. I don’t think there could have been a better fit for me. While working at The Knot, I have been able to get an incredible amount of bylines. I have had the opportunity to pitch and write on a regular basis—from “How to Have a Hologram at Your Wedding” to “Hiring Manservants for Your Bachelorette Party.” On average, I write 2-3 stories a week and input 2-3 freelance pieces. The work culture is also amazing! Because The Knot’s motto is to celebrate life’s biggest moments, the entire company really knows how have a good time. Between themed Thirsty Thursdays and spontaneous trips to the Mets game, I’m not sure how it could get any better (but wait, it did).
Several weeks ago, my lifelong dream came true and I got to visit Kleinfeld’s bridal shop. We got a tour of the dress and shoe floors, alterations and met the founders. If that wasn’t enough, each intern was also given a personal consultant and we all got to try on whatever dresses we wanted that were out on the floor—not to mention the cake from Magnolia bakery and the imported Sicilian cannolis. But working at The Knot is not a piece of cake. It’s about more than saying yes the dress. My favorite part of the internship has been my role as project manager. On Day 2 the interns were grouped together and asked “How might The Knot better serve a growing same-sex-couple and non-traditional audience using the resources at our disposal… or by breaking out of The Knot ecosystem?”
From the beginning The Knot’s mission has been to represent every couple, everywhere. One of the original mottos of The Knot was Real Weddings, Real People. But somehow the company’s internal beliefs no longer match their external image.
Alexis is a third year English and Media Studies major at the University of Virginia, and originally from Dover, Delaware. She is a food enthusiast and book fanatic.
In order to fix this, I as project manager divided 30 interns into teams: design and editorial, market planning, market research, finance, and tech and product. Together we came up with a proposal: “We Are Every Wedding: An Initiative for Diversity and Inclusivity.” This initiative includes a new cover launch, a tab on the site, and a celebratory party at The New York Public Library. This has been my main project while working at The Knot and I am extremely proud of what the intern team has come up with. I would say to anyone considering The Knot for an internship or a job, that it should be at the top of your list. The company is like a family and the opportunities for writing and growth seem endless. So say “I do” to The Knot—I did and it was one of the best experiences of my life!