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The New School For Design
.INTERNSHIP FAIR opportunities that are being offered in the fashion industry and other industries as well. Representatives from well known companies/brands come to the Internship Fair to give students the opportunity to talk them and ask questions. Parsons holds its annual Internship Fair to showcase the different internship The event runs twice a year during the school year. Every Year.
Students bring their resumes and portfolio to show the representative from the companies and brands their experience and work. At this years January 2008 event. over 50 companies were represented at the Internship Fair. . The Internship Fair get’s bigger and bigger each year as different companies are added to the event.
The following are examples of fashion labels and companies that show up at Internship Fair .
Some foundation students have already started looking for internships during freshmen year. the designers sometimes will not give the student important design work. The student will meet different people and develop contacts with these people for the future. students are asked to start finding internships during junior and senior year. or organize files. to get coffee. the designers will give you actual work like cutting muslin. or boring experience. making patterns. An internship will make the student more disciplined and responsible when going to school at the same time. When do you start looking for an internship? How long are these internships? Fashion students can start looking for an internship as soon as possible. Some student’s had internships that ran five to nine months for two or three days a week. Lastly. you may find out that it can either be the most rewarding. Even though it can be boring. Usually. Depending on the company. send faxes. . There is no definite guideline as to how long the student needs to intern for. You will be asked. learning. the experience will help make the student decide what type of company he or she will want to work for and what they would like to do in the end.What can you expect from the internship experience? In the internship experience. They said to wait until your junior year because students needs to focus a lot during sophomore year of fashion design. How long the student internship runs is based on when the company needs you and your schedule. you will learn something. for example. If you are lucky. It’s not recommended by the fashion department to do any internship’s before sophomore and junior year. and sew. You can start interning during foundation and sophomore year. You will be stuck most of the time being given errands for the designers of the company. Students usually try using the schools Career Services Department to look up postings of opportunities as a start.
if you have any. the winners will get a paid and free internship from the company. quick on their feet. So the student needs to pay for it. and responsible. If a student wanted to do a internship during the summer or school year for credit. most people are looking for someone who is friendly and easy to work with. They want someone who is easy to get a long with and who will do whatever they ask. There is no general rule. They look at your experience.whereas others do not. mature. . creative.Are internships paid and credited? What are these companies/brands look for in an internship applicant? People are not as picky when they hire interns as when they hire an assistant designer. Doing an internship for credit is considered the same as taking a regular class from Parsons. Most do not pay.but some do. and able to manage time and finish projects. and any skills you may have. They look for someone who is responsible. independent. It varies. They like someone who has talent and lots of drive. Every company looks for something a little different but overall. Some companies strictly want students looking for credit. on time. When there is a sponsored internship contest. he or she will have to pay for it from tuition.
The more experience you have the more likely you are to get the internship. You can edit your portfolio to appeal to the company. some of surface treatments. it’s best to keep it to work that relates to the company you are interviewing at. Putting in unrelated work is a waste of time. They will work with the designers. textile specialists. . buyers. They want to see that you’re proficient in basic skills such as sketching flats and figures and that your aesthetic is akin to that of the company’s. merchandisers. businessmen and women. Your portfolio in essence is your brain on paper! What kind of professionals will the student work with? A fashion student when interning will work with a lot of professional people in different fields of the fashion industry. some companies would like to see some work from your portfolio. fabric people.What type of work do they like to see in the student’s portfolio? When going for an internship. If you were to bring a portfolio. Many. Some companies rely on prints. internships like to see your resume rather than portfolio. and stylists. PR reps. some on construction details.
Building trust takes time and starting as an intern is a great way to secure a full time position. Many people do get jobs at a place after they intern there.Can student’s intern over abroad? Have students gotten actual jobs at the place they intern? Student’s can intern in other countries but you probably need a connection that lives in that country. It’s not guaranteed. It does happen. but it happens all the time. You also need to speak the language of that country to operate well in the company. . from a pool of people who already understand how their company works. It is much easier for any company to hire within the company.
The following three fashion design students discuss the good and the bad from the memeories of doing internships. .INTERNSHIP EXPERIENCE’S FROM FASHION DESIGN STUDENTS Fashion design students will have their own memories interning in the fashion indrustry.
I think he just wanted to see that I was willing to work. I interviewed with the designer for about five minutes. I got to see firsthand a lot of the things involved in their business as well as forming personal relationships with the designer and his design assistant. My first internship was at a small company for a designer/tailor that I got through Student Central Job Board. each one very different. Class 08’ THIS IS GRACE SHIN’S INTERNSHIP EXPERIENCES I have had a few internship experiences. He didn’t ask to see my portfolio. its good because you can gather a lot of valuable information . For anyone inexperienced in the fashion world. It was a custom tailoring business that had only two people working at the studio (besides 1 or 2 interns). The good thing is you get to see pretty much everything that goes on and get to personally dabble in a lot of different aspects of the process: from sourcing and buying fabrics to seeing the designer deal with clients.Grace Shin.
than the small company. lets say. its probably a sign that you should not be working there. “I had a boss who had really bad mood swings and was kind of an egomaniac.it was a more intimate environment than the large luxury brand. I was kind of naive and thought this was normal. Now I realize it was a very unhealthy working environment and kind of abusive. They would actually get in your face.about resources. And the designers were young and fun.it really makes a difference when you like the people you work with! PLEASE TELL ABOUT ANY BAD INTERNSHIP EXPERIENCES. This internship was unpaid but I learned a lot from it in the 8 months I worked there (twice a week).” . They would kind of flip out on you if you did something wrong. My advice is that if you are scared at work. you can’t really learn and absorb much if you are constantly afraid of making mistakes. My third and most recent internship was at a medium-sized mass-market company. It was kind of like the best of my first two internships. Plus. I found this experience very useful.and they called me back. I just sent their PR and e-mail with my resume attached.but more “official”. Do you even listen to anything I tell you!” Anyway.
Class 08’ CAN YOU TELL ME YOUR FIRST EXPERIENCE INTERNING FOR A BRAND OR FIRM? WHAT WAS IT LIKE? THE PEOPLE? “One of my first internships was for the young designer Doo. At Doo. labels. placing crystals. like handsewing seams. The main part was the hand work. making accessories for the shows. It was a great experience. She took us out to dinners. It was a small studio and showroom which was great because you get to see everything that happens. things that go right. up until last September. paid for our lunches.. buttons.. They were extremely friendly. A lot of garments are sent to or are requested by various magazines and shoots. There I actually hand knit and . helped with our own projects for class. I ended up staying there for nine months.Ri’s studio.Ri I mainly kept order of garments going in and out of the studio.Melissa Luning. I also went around the garment district to their factory.” WHAT DID YOU DO AT YOUR INTERNSHIP? “Now at Donna Karan I am working for the knitwear collection. locating trims and fabrics for them. and cutting fabric. and we even went Karaoke once last summer. wrong etc.
. The work was OK. but my first internship ever was at a fashion marketing firm. which I love doing. but I was supposed to be searching the web for stuff we could rip off. I will not give out a name! I was hired to help in development of concepts and inspirations for several different designers. organize samples coming in from the factory. It happens!” . The description of the internship was misleading and glamorized.. The work just wasn’t for me. It turned out to be a very low-end brand I was assigned to.. Sometimes you are stuck walking in the snow/rain/100 degree weather looking for a certain kind of button that you can’t find. which is not what I want to do. I don’t like talking about it.. and so was the space.design swatches. I lasted about three weeks until they asked me to do that. Other than this I haven’t really had a bad experience interning. I even had my own desk (and was going to get my own computer and scanner). and will soon learn how to use the knitting machine.” PLEASE TELL ABOUT ANY BAD INTERNSHIP EXPERIENCE “Bad internships. I help in the construction of garments. No thanks! The people were nice.
which is what usually happens with design companies. which is much more corporate. who had heard about it through the Career Services office. I now intern for Express Design Studio. rather than getting coffee and cleaning things. mainly because the girls were really laid back and had me do actual work. Class 08’ CAN YOU TELL ABOUT YOUR EXPERIENCE INTERNING FOR A COMPANY OR BRAND? I first interned for Carson Potter. Because there are only 2 girls in the company. It was a lot of fun. which houses their entire NY design and PR team. and preparing muslins for sewing. .Samantha Aprea. so the whole experience was very relaxed. a fashion design duo that graduated from Parsons. cutting muslins. which is rare in this industry. There was no compensation. I got the internship through a friend. The company operates from a space on 18th and 5th Ave. I assisted them in making patterns. They also worked from their home in Brooklyn. they were really happy to have interns and treated us with a lot of kindness and respect.
which is a plus. but you have to choose your internship wisely. . you work for what you want. but some places will actually appreciate you and delegate tasks that they can trust you with. not just liking clothing and thinking that you’re good at designing it. People recognize hard work and aren’t scared to reward you for it. so long as you are willing to work for it. and research. What you get out of an experience is what you put into it. data entry. Working for Express is interesting because I move around within departments. Working there teaches you that fashion really is a business. and get to understand how a large.Everyone is still very nice and respectful. Some places will ask you to do only the bitch work that no one wants to do. The internship here entails doing a lot of organizing. Also. The best thing to expect from an internship is ideally a learning experience. and takes hard work. but the whole experience is much more rigid and professional. successful corporation really works. I do get paid there.
Special “thank you” to the following people: Smantha Aprea Joyce Cheung Melissa Luning Adriana Rivera Adam Rodakovich Grace Shin Parsons Career Serives .
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