Internships

The Department of Fashion Design and Merchandising strongly encourages all students to intern during the summer between their junior and senior year. We feel that an internship provides practical experience as well as building the student’s resume and professional network. Employers are impressed by the work experience and learning opportunities provided by internships.

 

An appropriate internship exposes the student to the fashion industry, and allows them to apply their academic knowledge to the “real world”. For this reason, we expect the student to gain knowledge on an executive or professional level that is generally found in the corporate office of a fashion organization. Many students intern as assistants in the buying office of a fashion company or the design room of a major fashion manufacturer. Some interns work for forecasting companies, magazines or in the area of product development. These opportunities are spread all over the United States and occasionally internationally but primarily in New York City.

 

Students are required to attend at least two preparatory meetings prior to enrolling in the internship course. They will be required to complete a resume, cover letter, and to develop learning objectives with their internship coordinator and their internship supervisor. They will be given several assignments to complete while working and are expected to turn these materials into their internship coordinator in a professional and timely manner.

We have two internship coordinators for the Fashion Department:

Fashion Merchandising:
Assistant Professor Rose Regni rjregni@vcu.edu

Fashion Design:
Associate Professor Kristin Caskey kacaskey@vcu.edu

 

Internship Highlights from Summer 2012

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Morgan Swank

Morgan Swank was the technical design intern for shoes at Target. Morgan was responsible for contacting vendors and acquiring raw materials for a resource library. She researched and gathered information and data from global partners to create basic training information on certain raw materials Target uses in footwear to increase quality and decrease cost of the product.  Some of the most important aspects of her internship were being part of a team, learning the importance of deadlines, and experiencing what it is like to work in the real world.  “Seeing how things I learned in school applied to working as a designer was super rewarding!”

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Sophia Li

Sophia Li’s participation in the Fashion in Florence Summer 2011 study abroad program inspired her to consider a career in trend forecasting.  Sophia’s talents landed her an internship with Cotton Incorporated in their Product Trend Analysis Department department. Her days were spent sorting through the fabric racks acquired on research trips by fashion forecasters who work for Cotton, Inc. from all over the world to develop the Spring/Summer 2014 forecast.  She documented each fabric or garment taking stylized and still photographs.  Sophia also had the opportunity to take street scene pictures and use her own photos combined with museum exhibits and other mood scenes that will correlate to the main trends of the Spring Summer ’14 season.

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Jeremy Robinson

Jeremy Robinson interned in the Men’s/Young Men’s division of Stylesight.  Jeremy was charged with creating the analysis for fashion in the categories of  street wear, runway and retail.  Jeremy built specific folders to collect images from the Stylesight image library to support his reports.  One of his favorites is the one he wrote on the rugby polo.  Highlights included seeing his reports go live on the web site, reviewing trade shows such as Pitti Uomo and Bread and Butter, and working directly with his editor.

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Courtney Marcellin

Rising merchandising senior Courtney Marcellin interned at Stylesight,a fashion forecasting company. She mainly focused on women’s and men’s footwear. Some of her responsibilities included investigating trends happening with on-line fashion retailers and describing a trend alert by identifying new things on the scene. This research was followed by Courtney documenting her findings with supporting images and then publishing the report on a weekly basis. Courtney found this to be the most rewarding part of her internship in addition to working one-on-one with her editor.

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Sarah Brown

Rising fashion design senior Sarah Brown had the wonderful and unique experience to intern with her idol, Isabel Toledo.  She had the opportunity to assist in the cutting and hand finishing of couture level garments, spend hours with archived garments, and learn “garmento lingo” first hand while running errands in the garment district.  This internship improved both her fabric knowledge and communication skills.

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Angela Bacskocky

Internship: Alexander McQueen
Summer 2008

Angela Bacskocky
Fashion Design Senior

I interned at Alexander McQueen in the Print and Textile Design Studio. It was a very creative environment with a lot of hands-on draping to create a print pattern and true experimentation with various materials to create amazing textiles.

I designed a print for a dress and a pair of leggings by first using Photoshop to distort an image and play with the contours of the body, and then physically draping the print on a form using cut paper to get a three dimensional view of the sides, back and arms.

It was very important at McQueen to emphasize the natural female form so this step in the print development was essential. After completing the dress, I used a similar method on the legs. Later a series of these dresses, with various embellishments and in different colors, were developed that will eventually be included in the Spring/Summer ’09 Collection.

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