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Winter 2014
full-time internship while
partaking in online classes,
said McNulty.
In 2005, the fashion depart-
ment launched The New
York Fashion Experience, or
NYFE, for external students.
Both of these programs con-
tinued until 2011. “The Marist
in Manhattan program started
in 2011. We switched the
name and the focus because
then we opened it up to also
Marist students,” said Biskup.
Prior to the start of Marist in
Manhattan, Biskup said sev-
eral Marist students wondered
why Marist didn’t offer the
program to internal students.
“It was funny because the
Marist students were meeting
the external students in New
York and saying ‘Gee why
can’t we do this?’” Biskup said
with a laugh.
Both the fashion and com-
munications department have
internship offices specially
designed to assist students
through the application
process. “We help students
prepare their professional
resumes, interviewing skills,
and to learn how research
these companies as employ-
ment targets,” said McNulty.
Students in the past through
this program have applied
with resumes and cover letters
good enough to land intern-
ships at organizations such as
NBC news, Madison Square
Garden, Juicy Couture, and
Coach.
The application process
helps students beyond landing
exciting internships while
in college. It helps students
apply to jobs in the future.
“The primary effect is that it
helps them get into the door.
The secondary effect is now
they know how to do it. So
in future semesters and then
later when they graduate,
they have an excellent grasp
on what it means to be a job
candidate and how to conduct
themselves in an interview,”
McNulty said.
The students reside in
the Upper East Side of
Manhattan. “The 92nd street
residence, where our students
live, is a cultural hub in New
York City. There are guest
lecturers there. This semester
we had our students see Vera
Wang and Betsey Johnson.
Last semester Michael Kors
was there and Oscar de la
Renta. We encourage our stu-
dents to participate in those
activities,” said Biskup.
Like students attending their
freshman orientation, the
internship offices host an ori-
entation the first day students
arrive in Manhattan. One
component of the day-long
orientation is the business
meeting, in which students
are introduced to the staff
and other students who are
participating in the program,
McNulty stated.
Another component of the
day is called “On Your Feet”
where the students and the
orientation leaders take a
crosstown bus and subway
system across Manhattan so
the students learn how to
maneuver around the city.
“I think that does help the
students gain some confidence
the first day and realize that
they are capable of zooming
around on the transit system,”
McNulty said.
Once the students immerse
in their full-time internships
and tackle the online courses,
the students meet up and talk
about their experiences. “We
have regular internship semi-
nars. Most of these are dinner
seminars in which we discuss
issues in internships and prog-
ress reports and share a lot of
information,” said McNulty.
There are several reasons
why the program has become
so successful. One reason is
that the industries are satisfied
with student performances.
“People in the fashion indus-
try now know about Marist in
Manhattan. They will ask for
Marist in Manhattan students.
Especially the big part-
ners such as Donna Karan,
Michael Kors, Kenneth Cole,
BCBG and Chanel,” said
Biskup. The drive and need
for student internships, espe-
cially in fields as competitive
as fashion and communica-
tions is a natural appeal to the
program, said McNulty.
The program has recently in-
trigued the interest of majors
beyond this school. “We’ve
had preliminary discussions
with deans and with fac-
ulty from other schools. It is
possible that we may have a
school of management student
and School of Liberal Arts
student this fall who will be
taking part in student intern-
ships,” McNulty said.
Therefore, while the pro-
gram is still primarily geared
for communication and fash-
ion students, the program has
a bright, diverse future ahead.
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