Our Summer Intern team has officially departed, heading back to school and new jobs. However, before leaving, they all provided us with their final thoughts about the their time spent with Anchal this Summer:
Caroline Byrd "I knew I loved Anchal's mission after visiting the operations in India during my study abroad, but during this internship my eyes were opened to the art behind textile design. I loved being able to handle the handmade product every day because it has given me the opportunity to hold tangible pieces of culture, made perfectly for our customers by artisans in India. Everything Anchal does is meticulous and intentional, and it has brought to my attention the need to appreciate art and design and everything in the middle. I have also loved living in Louisville and participating in all of the fun things this city has to offer!
"My favorite memory was volunteering at the weekend sales events this summer, they showed me my strengths in customer service and sales."
Caroline is back home in Spartanburg, SC. She is teaching and working at a local yoga studio. She will also take on a yoga teacher position at a local charter school where she will be able to bring the practice of yoga to her hometown.
Lydia Anvar "
During my time at Anchal, I've learned a lot about the behind-the-scenes work of funding a nonprofit. I'm grateful for the experience that I've gained writing grant proposals to help support Anchal's mission. I'm also grateful for the opportunity to learn from such strong, creative women. My favorite memory from Anchal will be the spontaneous fashion shows we would have in the stock room whenever Chaahat would finish a new design."
Lydia has officially started her senior year at Western Kentucky University where she is majoring in English and minoring in Nonprofit Administration
Kaylee Fields "This summer at Anchal Project has been eye open-minding. Prior to working here, I was never extremely invested in greenwashing and the implications of certain textiles on the environment. As I started to research it more, I realized the significance of producing products that are 100% organic cotton vs standard cotton. It was great to gain more experience working with nonprofits and my time here has encouraged me that this is the sector in which I want to build my career! My favorite memory from this summer was working with the other interns and seeing how each of us contributed in different ways to Anchal Project's mission. Lots of laughs and funny moments together in the stock room!
Kaylee has returned to The Ohio State University for her senior year and is also working as a brand ambassador for West Elm. In December, she'll be traveling to Antarctica for a research expedition and accomplishing her dream of going to all 7 continents of the world.
Chaahat Thakker "On my 21st birthday I was lucky enough to celebrate by donating sewing machines to aspiring seamstresses/designers. I am grateful to my parents obviously for helping me make this donation, but also super grateful to Anchal for teaching me the value of giving and supporting our 'didis'. Coming out of my internship, I'm feeling really inspired; I hadn't realize how much power I held as a designer to be able to bring out change in my community. I have learned a lot at my time at Anchal and I'm excited to carry those ethics into my own artistic practice
While we were sad to say goodbye, we can’t wait to see what the future holds for all of our amazing interns! Please join us in wishing them farewell.
Want to get involved with Anchal? We are still taking application for Fall interns. Share the opportunity with your friends or apply yourself to join our team in designing change this fall.