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Beyond the Classroom

By going beyond the classroom CSR students become more engaged in their fields of study. They become citizens with a broader cultural sensitivity and they become leaders amongst their peers. CSR students actively seek study abroad opportunities, internship experiences, and other professional development activities that will lead them towards a better understanding of the ever-changing global and multi-cultural markets.

Professional Growth through Internships

JT Intimates Inc. Internship Opportunity

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Name: Lynda Xepoleas

Major/Year: Apparel Design and Technology; Senior

Position: Product Development

Company: JT Intimates Inc.

Location: Los Angeles, CA

 

 

What’s an average day like for you at your internship? While interning at JT Intimates, I was given a large amount of responsibility. Every day I would come in and work on various tasks simultaneously, such as completing technical specification packages for manufacturers in China, processing and handing e-commerce orders for customers, designing intimate apparel CADs for various retailers, or pulling and documenting sample merchandise for conference calls with buyers.

 

How did you find this position? I found this position through freefashioninternships.com.

What steps did you go through to secure the position? (attend career fair, job posting on CCO, personal network, directly from company website, job search site, etc.) I applied through the site listed above and heard back within a week. Within 24 hours I had an interview at their creative design headquarters in LA and was notified a month later that I was given the position.

What’s your favorite part about the position, company, or location? I loved working in downtown LA, as well as within a large creative offices building. Some days there were photo shoots going on and music blasting down the hall. It was exciting to not only be in Los Angeles, but also to work within a creative and artistic environment. I also enjoyed the responsibility that I was given throughout interning at JT Intimates. To me I felt as if I was an employee of the company and working full time as an assistant.

What is something interesting or fun you did during your internship? While an intern at JT Intimates I had many projects, but two in particular that I loved. One of those projects involved trend forecasting. I was given a task to report upcoming trends for Spring 2015 and display my findings in mood boards that were to be used for Market Week in NYC. The other involved designing underwear for an upcoming conference call with Tilly’s. I was asked to design prints and verbiage for seamless boyshort style underwear that were to be sold in stores this coming winter.

Target Internship Opportunity

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Name: Sophia Sechler

Major/Year: Retail Management, Minor in Organization and Leader Supervision and Entrepreneurship and Innovation - Senior

Position: Executive Team Leader

Company: Target

Location: Carmel, Indiana, Summer 2014

 

 

What’s an average day like at your internship?

It is hard to say what an average day at my internship was like since every day was so different. This 10-week internship has a focus in one certain area of the business, mine being Human Resources. I was able to learn nearly every department of the Target store throughout the internship (assets protection, guest experience, hardlines, grocery, etc.). The majority of my 10 weeks I learned how to lead a Human Resources department in a Target store, while at the same time knowing everything that was going on throughout the store (team members, guests, sales, etc.). I was able to assist in internal and external interviews and act as a leader daily.

How did you find this position?

I found this position by attending the career fair last fall, 2013. I talked to many companies that day and set up a number of interviews. After researching and hearing from each company about the specific internships I was applying for I decided Target was the perfect fit for me.

What steps did you go through to secure the position? (Attend career fair, job posting on CCO, personal network, directly from company website, job search site, etc.)

In order to secure my internship with Target I first attended the career fair. After that I had a few interviews and then received an offer. After accepting my offer I was sure to stay up to date on Target’s business and stay in touch with the campus liaison. After completing the internship I received an offer to become an Executive Team Leader when i graduate, in which I immediately accepted. I then applied and interviewed to be Purdue’s campus liaison for Target and am proud to say that I am the liaison for the 2014-2015 academic year. If you are interested in an internship or anther position with Target please do not hesitate to contact me (Sophia.Sechler@target.com).

What’s your favorite part about the position, company, or location?

My favorite part of the internship is definitely the people I was able to work with every day. My fellow interns were very helpful by sharing little tips throughout the summer. We still keep in touch today and I can honestly say they are some of my good friends. Even though it was a little overwhelming at first to be a leader in the store, there were many mentors there to help me succeed. I will never forget the great leaders who encouraged me to push my own boundaries and complete this internship as a better person than I started.

What is something interesting or fun you did during your internship?

Although there were many fun days throughout my internship, one of the most memorable was when all the interns and their Store Team Leaders volunteered at a YMCA. We were able to have a big lunch together and then help the YMCA with any tasks they needed; this included painting, entertaining children and cleaning equipment. It was amazing to be able to help an organization who truly needed it and who really appreciated our help.

London Internship Program

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Name: Christy Joehl

Major/Year: Retail Management, Minor in Art and Design – Junior Year

Position: PR/Marketing Intern

Company: APT Collections Ltd.

Location: London, England, Summer 2014

 

 

What’s an average day like for you at your internship?

My role within APT Collections involved taking instructions and shadowing all members across all departments in order to develop knowledge of how a functioning fashion business operates.  I was responsible for conducting trend analysis in department stores and independent retailers.  From the information I collected I drew conclusions about brand clientele to better predict what sort of merchandise should be developed and put on the market.  I was also responsible for assisting designers in creating lines designed to appeal to their customers by selecting materials and evaluating relevant fashion trends. I also prepared collections and the showroom for viewing by buyers and brand representatives. I also used price point analysis to create charts and graphs to compare and contrast different brands.  This information was useful for the manufacturers when determining what they should charge for the production of certain collection pieces.  One of my greatest internship accomplishments and one of my favorite responsibilities was employing my artistic talent to create fashion illustrations of Claudia’s collection to be used for promotional purposes. 

How did you find this position?

I learned about the Purdue London Internship Program and attended informational meetings, while also corresponding and meeting with other students who had previously participated in the program.

What steps did you go through to secure the position? (Attend career fair, job posting on CCO, personal network, directly from company website, job search site, etc.)

I attended all necessary meetings for the program, submitted an application, turned in all required paper work, and was finally placed with a company via “CAPA,” an international education and internship organization.  When I arrived in London, I attended an interview with my supervisor and then began work.

What’s your favorite part about the position, company, or location?

It was interesting to examine how my responsibilities grew over time.  The first day of my internship I was steaming clothes to be hung in the showroom; however, by the end I was creating artwork that will be used on the company website, promotional flyers, and potentially in the press.  Throughout my internship my knowledge of the fashion industry was strengthened, along with my passion for it.  My interpersonal communication, creative skills, and ability to compare and contrast the needs and goals of different clients were sharpened with each and every task that I completed.

What is something interesting or fun you did during your internship?

One of my favorite memories from my internship was attending a photo shoot for my supervisor’s own line.  I was able to interact with the photographers, the models, the stylist, the makeup artist, and see the collection come to life.  It was an incredible atmosphere.

For additional information about the London Internship Program and other Study Abroad experiences: http://www.studyabroad.purdue.edu/