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Program fees & start dates
Below are examples of our international Fashion Design and Business Internships. It is not guaranteed that you could get placed in one of the internship examples, but there are plenty of opportunities within the field. New opportunities are created every year. If you don’t see what you’re looking for, let us know!
Work with an Eco-Fiber Fashion Company
This unique fashion and lifestyle organization sells merchandise through hundreds of retail outlets in England and Australia. In the last ten years, they have continued to grow the business to maintain their position at the forefront of organic natural clothing manufacturing and retailing. They seek a fashion intern who is interested in environmentally conscious clothing alternatives, willing to assist with general office duties and provide managerial support to their London based retail operation.
Fashion Internship at Prestigious Design Label
This is a fashion design house that is offering the opportunity to work hand-in-hand with the designer as he crafts designs for evening wear. Fashion interns will work in the design room directly with the designer, assisting in the creation of the sample collections and special orders for each season. The ideal candidate will have a strong portfolio and a range of technical skills, including sewing, as you could be doing hands on work with the materials.
Fashion and Business Internship at Dynamic Parisian Style Firm
This luxury shopping and consulting agency is located in the heart of the Golden Triangle of Paris. They are a team of experts who guide remarkable women and men from all over the world in a journey to elevate their personal style. They deliver exclusive personal shopping and styling services that highlight the personality of their clients. Their wealth of knowledge of the industry combined with their unique team of international and multilingual stylists result in a personalized and customized experience. Interns will assist staff members in community management, business development and general outreach involved in high-end fashion.
Intern with Luxury British Designer
This dynamic British design brand provides unique luxury tailoring for contemporary women. Their core product lines have gained recognition from the world’s media and are now stocked internationally in the UK, USA and France with a bespoke service available in London. The students selected for this fashion internship will gain production experience by assisting the designers with alterations, sewing, pattern cutting, and fabric/source trimming. Other general tasks involve assisting during factory visits and helping backstage (or preparing for) London Fashion Week. The selected design intern will learn how to work as a team, develop sewing and pattern cutting skills and gain an intimate glimpse into how a fashion label works.
Junior Technical Fashion Design Internship
This company was born in the heart of New York City. With inspiration around every corner of this historic city, the company has adopted its intoxicating energy by incorporating it into every stitch of each collection. With the perfect combination of sophistication and versatility, they provide a curated mix of designs that express, enhance, and elevate each woman’s individual identity as she celebrates the most important and memorable moments of her life. Fashion interns here will have the responsibility of assisting the design team in all aspects of the design process and providing support to the design team.
Bridal & Evening Wear Designer Internship
This bridal and ready-to-wear evening gown designer has more than twenty years of experience and has been recognized as a true expert when it comes to pattern cutting. Her dresses are made of the finest fabrics and bejeweled with Swarovski crystals and freshwater pearls. This internship is ideal for fashion design interns with an interest in apparel construction and the opportunity to learn about the operations of a small, yet extremely successful upscale boutique.
Housing and Language
Where you’ll live
Depending on your fashion design or business internship location, you can expect to stay in a shared room in an apartment, college dorm, or student residence. A local program advisor and coordinator will be available to help you settle in and answer any questions during your program. Your accommodations will likely be within walking distance of city public transportation.
During your stay, you’ll be within the same network as the students and/or interns you’re living with. It is often through these individuals that you can learn the most, as you explore the highlights of the city together, share career-building advice, and venture out on your own to your internship posts.
Your language learning
Most locations are very English-friendly, and do not require prior knowledge of the local language. Depending on your placement, you may have the opportunity to integrate further into the community by attending language lessons.
* If your internship takes place in Paris, you’ll have the chance to experience full cultural immersion by living with a local host family. (French language skills are required for an internship in this location, and you should expect to be evaluated beforehand via Skype interview.)
Preparing for your future in fashion
Selecting your internship
Before you depart, you’ll be introduced to your fashion or business internship advisor for one-on-one support and career guidance. Your advisor will help you prepare for your internship interview, build an effective cover letter and resume, and choose the right placement. Working with your advisor, you’ll take the Clifton Strengths Finder Assessment to identify your top five strengths. These strengths will be useful in determining future opportunities and helping to focus your interests into clear career goals well beyond the scope of the program.
Before your internship
Once you and your advisor have selected your internship, you’ll have access to a pre-departure orientation video series to help you get ready for the transformational experience of working and living abroad. You’ll also have career skills training videos and articles at your fingertips to help you build your resume in advance. We want you to succeed and thrive abroad, and will provide countless resources to ensure you have what you need to do so.
During your internship
When you arrive at your destination, you’ll attend a welcome orientation to help you settle in and start your experience with your best foot forward. Midway through your program, you’ll check in with local advisors at a career coaching session. During this visit, onsite staff will interview you and your employer to identify your strengths and areas where you could improve. We find this feedback-loop to not only be essential for success, but often lacking in environments where you’re on your own. Before the conclusion of your internship, you’ll attend a program debriefing and re-entry career and culture training. When you return home, you’ll join a network of alumni across the world who have used the skills they gained to advance their lives and careers!