Fashion Internship Profiles


Gabrielle
I am currently a sophomore Fashion Design major with a minor in Product Development. I’m very grateful to have already had some amazing opportunities in the fashion industry...
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I am currently a sophomore Fashion Design major with a minor in Product Development. I’m very grateful to have already had some amazing opportunities in the fashion industry. I was with Betsey Johnson for a little less than 6 years starting as a Sales Assistant/Stylist at her sample sales, later becoming personal assistant to Betsey, and show production assistant to the team. I learned the process of putting on a fashion show from start to finish (from concept to designs/patterns, fabric/trim sourcing, model casting, music, invites, gift bags, model cards, accessories, and fittings, to last-minute handicrafts such as props, hand sewing, and fixes). I helped put on 5 fashion shows for NYFW with an incredible and talented team who is now like my family. Through my years with Betsey, I also got to work with Laurie DeJong and the LDJ Productions team, who partnered with us on the shows and made them possible! I briefly interned as an Editorial Assistant at online fashion publisher, Fashion Times, contributing to two websites: FashionStyle.com and Fashiontimes.com. There, I conceptualized, researched and wrote articles that actually were published to the site which was really cool! It was interesting to try journalism for a little because I do enjoy writing, but it further confirmed that my future would be more in the design realm. Through the Marist College Career Fair last spring, I acquired an amazing design internship with Dressbarn for summer 2015. There I worked mostly in fabric R&D, and I also assisted in CAD/print development, knit and woven tops, lounge, sweaters, and dresses. I did a lot of trend research and assisted in helping launch their new guest designer line for model Ashley Graham! At Dressbarn, I learned invaluable lessons about the bridge between design and product development and that has improved my instincts as a designer. I also became extremely familiar with fabrics, which helped me greatly in textiles class at Marist last semester! The Dressbarn internship program is special because they have you complete a project in addition to all of your daily work. I got to design a delivery of dresses, create a line sheet with my own inspiration page and color story, and then I created a tech pack for one of my styles! Working with the PD intern to send my tech pack to a factory in Hong Kong, I as able to get a first proto made of my design. It was such an incredible feeling of accomplishment to present my process and concepts to the executives and CEOs at my final presentation! I have continued to freelance for Dressbarn on my breaks from school, and I am currently the "student ambassador" for their internship program to encourage other Marist students to get involved! In Fall 2015, I had the opportunity to intern at Mara Hoffman one day a week where I mostly assisted their in-house pattern maker. I’d spend all day Monday making patterns at Mara Hoffman, and then in my Tuesday Pattern Making class at Marist, I would feel as if I could apply something that I learned at work. My internship responsibilities directly supported my class work, which is a fulfilling feeling. In all of my experiences, I have heavily used programs that we learn about at Marist such as InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, and Excel. Through the Marist Fashion internship connections, I was able to have an on-campus interview with a recruiter from Global Brands Group and I am excited to say that I have accepted a design internship with Global Brands Group for Summer 2016!

John Scott
I am a senior Merchandising major with a double concentration in Business and Product Development. In the summer of 2015, I had the incredible opportunity to intern in Paris, France at a merchandising consulting company called Merchanfeeling...
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I am a senior Merchandising major with a double concentration in Business and Product Development. In the summer of 2015, I had the incredible opportunity to intern in Paris, France at a merchandising consulting company called Merchanfeeling. Merchanfeeling is a business-to-business company that offers various visual merchandising services for large and small fashion companies worldwide. Some of their most notable clients include Hermés, Mulberry, La Maison du Chocolat, Diptyque, and Patek Philippe. Acting as an assistant merchandiser under the company's co-founder, my tasks consisted of supporting my boss at multiple stores, learning how the business is run, and brainstorming a new service for Merchanfeeling to offer in 2016. A lot of my internship involved researching trends and innovative merchandising techniques online and throughout Paris. I would then synthesize my research findings using Adobe Illustrator to allow me to present my findings in a concise, thorough, and visually supported manner. What helped me succeed in this internship were my research, analytical, and presentation skills that I developed during my time at the Marist Fashion Department. My advice to students who are hoping to stand out as competitive internship candidates would be to master programs like Microsoft Excel, Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and Indesign, take special topics courses whenever you can, and always be up to date on the industry's current events and key players.

Nicole
Senior year as a Fashion Merchandising major, with a Business Administrative minor, started off great. This past fall semester I had the opportunity to participate in the Marist in Manhattan Program...
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Senior year as a Fashion Merchandising major, with a Business Administrative minor, started off great. This past fall semester I had the opportunity to participate in the Marist in Manhattan Program. What an amazing experience; one which I would highly recommend to any Fashion Merchandising or Design student at Marist College. While I was in Manhattan, I interned at Michael Kors within the Website Merchandising team. During my time there, I completed competitive analyses in PowerPoint, previewed the website before each Launch, checked and removed items in the sale/trends/new arrivals categories, created site refresh wireframes and many other tasks. Website merchandising was not a career in the fashion industry that I was familiar with at the beginning of my internship. Through my time at Michael Kors, it opened a whole new world of the fashion industry to me and one that I am now really excited about. Being on the website merchandising team, I was able to see the cross functionality between my team and other aspects of the company; how we work with planners, ecommerce buyers, photography, graphics and the email marketing team. I had a great experience working with my team and an overall amazing time at Michael Kors.

Cara
I am currently a Junior Fashion Design Major at Marist College. This past fall, I had the opportunity to participate in Marist in Manhattan and work as a design intern for Elie Tahari...
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I am currently a Junior Fashion Design Major at Marist College. This past fall, I had the opportunity to participate in Marist in Manhattan and work as a design intern for Elie Tahari. The Marist in Manhattan program allowed me to receive academic credit for my internship, complete two online classes, and live on the Upper East Side in New York City. I was able to fully immerse myself in the culture of one the world’s largest fashion capitals, and build my network of both fashion resources and contacts. During my time at Elie Tahari, I assisted both the knit and wovens designers with all aspects of the design process. From initial concept to final product, I was responsible for creating clear and precise sketches both by hand and computer, assembling tech packs, preparing showroom samples, assembling presentation boards, and CAD presentations. The demanding and rigorous fashion design course sequence at Marist College fully prepared me for the extremely fast-paced and challenging industry, where my encounter with reality helped to shape who I am today as both an individual and a designer. The greatest reward of the internship, for me, was being respected as an integral part of the design team and establishing relationships with industry professionals. I would highly recommend the Marist in Manhattan program to all Fashion Design and Merchandising students at Marist College, as it provides invaluable experience in an industry that requires experience and networking for success.

Hanna
During my semester abroad I was able to intern with a London based, sustainable company called Hiro + Wolf...
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During my semester abroad I was able to intern with a London based, sustainable company called Hiro + Wolf. Hiro + Wolf was started by Amy Fleuriot and Bee Friedmann who met walking their dogs and discovered they had similar interests. In 2013 the company was created and named after the two founders’ dogs, Hiro and Wolf. During my time with Hiro + Wolf I was given a variety of tasks and challenged to do various things in the fashion industry. My tasks included keeping up with their social media pages, Photoshop, researching new product ideas, completing photoshoots, assisting in the studio, creating window displays, helping out in their store called One Four Six (shown left) and more. The FIE program, which I found through Marist, was perfect in matching everyone with internships that allowed them to learn and explore more with their major. While at Hiro + Wolf I established many long lasting friendships with my co-workers and interns and made connections that will further me in my career. I had no idea what to expect, when I started at Hiro + Wolf, but when I left I took away more knowledge and experience then I ever could have imagined. A big part of why I was so successful with my internship in London was because of how much I learned in my classes at Marist. I highly suggest it for any Marist fashion students. My admiration for the fashion industry has grown even larger.

Mackenzie
I am a senior Fashion Design major and this past semester I was a handbags design intern at Elizabeth and James...
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I am a senior Fashion Design major and this past semester I was a handbags design intern at Elizabeth and James. I enjoyed my internship very much and learned an immeasurable amount. I have been studying ready to wear design for the past few years at Marist and wanted to gain some experience in accessories design. I could not have asked for a better experience! Thankfully I was able to use a lot of the knowledge I have gained while learning about ready to wear design at school and through my past internships. Additionally, this internship also provided me with a ton of new information and another perspective on design t together. My supervisors were extremely knowledgeable and always answered questions; and most importantly, they never hesitated to give the interns challenging tasks to ensure we got the most of our experience!

Bronte
I am currently a junior at Marist College, majoring in Fashion Merchandising with a concentration in product development. This past semester I was abroad in London and interned in the design department of the women’s wear knit label Cabinet by Tomoko Yamanaka...
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I am currently a junior at Marist College, majoring in Fashion Merchandising with a concentration in product development. This past semester I was abroad in London and interned in the design department of the women’s wear knit label Cabinet by Tomoko Yamanaka. At my internship, I worked closely with the designer to complete the spring/summer 16’ collection. My tasks included creating mood boards, pattern making, cutting and sewing, knitting, running errands, and visual merchandising for the gallery Tomoko contributes some of her work to. Being involved in so many aspects of the design process gave me the hands on experience I needed in order to better prepare myself for the future. I felt extremely fulfilled to be able to utilize all of the skills I have gained from my freshmen and sophomore year design classes at Marist. The most rewarding aspect of my internship was immersing myself in a workplace with a different cultural setting from what I am used to. I even shared a few laughs with my co-workers when we used completely different words to describe sewing tools. Apart from that, I got to know each of my co-workers on a personal level and have been able to build lifelong relationships with each of them. This has been such an amazing opportunity and I highly recommend an internship abroad to anyone because it is truly a rare and life changing experience!

Julianne
I am currently a senior majoring in Fashion Merchandising with a minor in Business Administration/ Product Development! During the Fall 2015 semester, I participated in Marist in Manhattan and had the privilege to intern at Elie Tahari...
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I am currently a senior majoring in Fashion Merchandising with a minor in Business Administration/ Product Development! During the Fall 2015 semester, I participated in Marist in Manhattan and had the privilege to intern at Elie Tahari. I worked with the merchandisers in the Collection as well as T.Tahari divisions throughout my semester. I spent my time updating the business management system to produce line sheets, running and distributing the Monday reporting, as well as photographing samples and editing them on Photoshop. I was able to see the inner workings of many different departments including, fabric sourcing, design and product development which only reinforced the cross functionality of all the teams. Over my four years at Marist, its fashion program provided a variation of classes, which helped prepare me for the challenges and successes that I encountered at Elie Tahari. The relationships I made with my team and other employees made this experience even more valuable. They were all very supportive, answered questions and most importantly shared valuable insight into this ever-changing industry.

Britt
Hello! My name is Britt and I am currently a junior studying abroad in London in the FIE program. This past summer I had the wonderful opportunity to be a buying intern at DKNY in Manhattan...
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Hello! My name is Britt and I am currently a junior studying abroad in London in the FIE program. This past summer I had the wonderful opportunity to be a buying intern at DKNY in Manhattan. My tasks included creating assortment sheets, product knowledge packets, checking in future merchandise, running errands to pick up accessories, and create receipt logs for what merchandise is sold each week. I would without a doubt say the fashion program at Marist helped me in my internship, not only with the classes I’ve taken, but how to act in a corporate setting. All the classes I have taken definitely were incorporated at DKNY- first off by knowing what textiles are used to make the merchandise; merchandising planning and control helped me with mark ups and mark downs, cost and retail prices; who their actual demographic is and who they market to. Taking the fashion internship course over the summer helped me with my internship because it let me know how I have improved with my powerpoint and excel skills, how to form a relationship with my supervisor, and how to make connections for the future. My piece of advice for students who want to work and intern in the fashion industry to make your self stand out- make the effort to take on tasks, come in early or late when needed, and be a leader instead of a follower. I could not have asked for a better internship, with better supervisors and because of my experience, I now know what division of the fashion industry I picture myself working in.

Dale Mauri
My name is Dale and I am a senior Fashion Merchandising major. This past summer I interned at LDJ Productions, a full-service event management and production company that primarily works with Fortune 500 companies and other industry leaders...
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My name is Dale and I am a senior Fashion Merchandising major. This past summer I interned at LDJ Productions, a full-service event management and production company that primarily works with Fortune 500 companies and other industry leaders. For the level and quality of work LDJ Productions executes, the company is surprisingly small with only around fifteen full-time employees. Because of this I was able to learn so much by being exposed to every project being worked on in the office, even if not directly involved. My main tasks as an intern included sourcing decor and rental equipment for various events, researching/booking flights, hotels and venues, and updating event spreadsheets and schedules. I felt especially prepared for this internship because of my involvement in Marist's Fashion Show Production course over the past two years. This course provided me with the hands on experience to further my abilities in event planning specifics such as sourcing and ordering items, building relationships with vendors, and creating time schedules, to everyday skills such as efficient and effective interpersonal communication (e-mail, phone, etc.), time management and problem solving. It was through Fashion Show Production that I gained the confidence needed to succeed in a professional work environment.

Marissa
My name is Marrisa and I am currently a Senior Design major.This past summer, I worked in Design at J. Mendel with the Fur Department under the Director of Fur. During my time there, I assisted in any and all aspects of completing samples...
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My name is Marrisa and I am currently a Senior Design major.This past summer, I worked in Design at J. Mendel with the Fur Department under the Director of Fur. During my time there, I assisted in any and all aspects of completing samples. This included handling expensive fur and leather materials,researching/designing/developing/creating textile manipulations,assisting patternmakers in drafting/duplicating/adjusting patterns,draping initial silhouettes, sketching/rendering, and organized boards for design meetings. This was an extremely hands on position and I needed to utilize all of my patternmaking, draping, textile,and design knowledge that I have developed in my previous three years at Marist College in order to be successful at this internship. It was a fast paced environment, but I felt comfortable and confident in my abilities to step up and work along side the team. I was able to see and learn how luxury brands develop collections from initial concept to Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Spring 2015, to which I was actually able to attend!

Samantha
Interning at BCBGMAXAZRIA, and working directly with the Herve Leger sales team, has provided me with a remarkable experience and has prepared me for a career in sales.I helped prepare the sales executives for their market appointments by organizing the showroom, dressing the mannequins, and creating updated line sheets on PowerPoint...
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Samantha, Senior 2015 Interning at BCBGMAXAZRIA, and working directly with the Herve Leger sales team, has provided me with a remarkable experience and has prepared me for a career in sales.I helped prepare the sales executives for their market appointments by organizing the showroom, dressing the mannequins, and creating updated line sheets on PowerPoint. I was in charge of updating a Class Selling document on Excel,which kept track of what merchandise had been sold, or what was still on hand, at major retailers such as Saks, Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus. A great deal of my work was done using Microsoft Excel,which Marist College prepared me for.Once the Class Selling document was complete each week, I would determine the five best sellers, which were presented to the President of Sales and Development. My merchandising classes at Marist College,such as Merchandise Planning and Control, prepared me to use different mathematical equations to understand how Herve Leger determines their mark-ups and the significance of the data on their Class Selling documents.The feedback from my supervisors helped me grow and allowed me to recognize my strengths and weaknesses. The atmosphere in the office was pleasant, and the employees were very enjoyable to work with.Overall,I gained beneficial experience working with Herve Leger,and built relationships with great people in my field of interest!

Johnson
I am currently a junior at Marist College, majoring in Fashion Design and minoring in Fashion Merchandising. This past summer, I interned in the design department of T Tahari by Elie Tahari...
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I am currently a junior at Marist College, majoring in Fashion Design and minoring in Fashion Merchandising. This past summer, I interned in the design department of T Tahari by Elie Tahari. At my internship, I worked with the assistant and head designer to complete the Pre-Spring ‘14/’15 collection and start the Spring ‘15 collection. Between keeping the team organized, communicating with mills, making tech packs, and even sketching flats, I was able to be involved in so many aspects of the design process. I wouldn’t have been able to complete my tasks without the knowledge I’ve gained in my two years at Marist, especially what I’ve learned from Textiles, Studio Techniques, and the construction aspects I’ve learned from my sophomore year design classes. The most rewarding aspect of my internship experience was definitely the relationships I formed with other interns and employees. It was great to receive feedback, advice, and first-hand information about the industry I will soon enter.