Experiencing Internship Immersion in London

When she returned to the United States in 2003 after living in England with her family for six years, Amy Esselman, ’13, promised herself she would one day return to England. This summer she made good on that promise when she completed an internship with Hallmark UK.

A dual marketing and international business major, Esselman is a part of La Salle’s Business Scholars Co-op Program, which allows high-achieving business students to earn 12 months (one four-month co-op and one eight-month co-op placement) of paid professional experience while graduating in four years. Esselman’s summer internship will count toward her first co-op experience.

At the beginning of her sophomore year, Esselman began sending her résumé to people she knew at Hallmark UK, inquiring about internship possibilities. “Working in the U.K. has always been on my list of goals,” she said. “In the U.K., internships are difficult to come by, especially for American students.”

Esselman worked hard in her classes her first two years at La Salle and was extremely involved on and off campus. “Everything that I worked hard to accomplish really helped me stand out as a qualified candidate, and eventually an internship spot was found for me at the company,” she said.

For her internship, Esselman worked as the assistant to the Director of Licensing for both Hallmark UK and its Tigerprint Division, which deals exclusively with the U.K. department store Marks & Spencer. From Tigerprint Studio’s London office, Esselman dealt with licensing and contracts while being right in the middle of the company’s creative work and planning. “Because they rarely have interns, they allowed me to work in all the different areas,” Esselman said. She helped create licensor databases, put together style guides for various Hallmark entities, and scouted potential licensing contracts and trends. She also was able to help put together sections of a Christmas workshop for the designers to get them ready for the next season.

Through her internship, Esselman learned she wants to work in a fast-paced, international corporate job after graduation, and she even changed one of her majors to international business as a result of the internship. “My boss traveled a lot and has contacts around the world, from the U.S. to the Netherlands to Australia, even Tokyo,” Esselman said. “A business that appears small from the street level in reality stretches far beyond what we ever see or hear about it.”

A resident of Leawood, Kan., a suburb of Kansas City, Esselman knew she wanted to attend college on the East Coast. “I wanted to find a school that tied together both of my main interests—business and service,” she said. “I was looking for a strong business school and a solid sense of community with opportunities for service both at the school and in the surrounding area. La Salle has both—in addition to the Business Scholars Co-op Program.”

Pursuing her dedication to service, Esselman will serve as President of both La Salle’s Students’ Government Association and the La Salle Ambassadors starting this fall. “It might sound cliché, but I love everything that represents La Salle—it has really become a second, if not first, home to me,” she said.

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