Lauren Pelkey

Lauren Mae Pelkey '12 poses at the Rue La La office in Boston.

Lauren followed in her sister’s footsteps by enrolling at Suffolk, but wasted no time in making her own mark. She jumped headfirst into an internship as a freshman, working in Suffolk’s Public Affairs office, then followed that up with a number of other advertising, PR, and social media internships. She blogged for Naked Rags Organic Clothing, worked as the PR intern for author and social media guru Eric Qualman, and was the social media intern at Small Army Advertising, a Boston agency. Now she works at fashion website Rue La La, but has big dreams for launching her personal travel blog, Wander Luluu.

At Suffolk

  • Advertising Major
  • Marketing Minor
  • Musical Theatre Actor

Now

  • Assistant Boutique Producer at Rue La La, an invitation-only online store where members can shop for brand name items on sale in virtual “boutiques”

What is the most important thing you learned at Suffolk?

“The most important thing I learned at Suffolk is that you are in control of your own future. Suffolk is an institution designed for motivated, independent people, and I saw myself and other peers succeed for this reason. It is a special place in that it provides endless opportunities for growth if you are willing to put in the time and effort.”

What advice would you give to a student considering to attend Suffolk?

“I would give them three pieces of advice:

  1. Take advantage of Suffolk's location in the city of Boston. There are so many opportunities for internships and gaining experience in a field you are interested in. Don’t wait until you are a junior or senior to start exploring internship opportunities or work experience.
  2. Get to know your professors. They have incredible connections and are always happy help motivated students land an awesome internship.
  3. Look into the study abroad programs that Suffolk offers. Studying abroad in Rome changed my entire life. I met the best friends I’ve ever had, gained a new perspective on the world, and have now started a travel blog that I hope to build into a successful business one day.”

What does a typical day in your job look like?

“As an assistant boutique producer, I ensure that the boutiques you see on Rue La La every day actually happen. We work with merchandising, creative, copy, planning, scheduling, programming, and the vendors to gather all the assets and information we need to launch a successful boutique. In a sense, we are the project managers of the Rue La La production world. We work on tight timelines and collaborate with multiple different teams to deliver beautiful boutiques each and every day.”