Dept. of Experiential Education & Career Management
Experiential learning, through internships, is a critical component of a college education, particularly within the fashion industry. Internships provide our students with opportunities to apply knowledge they have gained in the classroom and to explore specific career paths. The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) defines an internship as: “An internship is a form of experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in a professional setting. Internships give students the opportunity to gain valuable applied experience and make connections in professional fields they are considering for career paths; and give employers the opportunity to guide and evaluate talent.”
To ensure that this mission is fulfilled in any unpaid internship for college credit, LIM College seeks opportunities for its students that:
Provide an experience that extends the knowledge learned in the classroom and is career-related, progressive and challenging
The skills or knowledge gained in the internship are transferable to other employment settings;
The internship experience has a defined beginning and end, an accurate job description, and a dedicated, experienced supervisor;
Has clearly defined learning objectives/goals related to the professional goals of the student’s academic coursework;
Provides is routine feedback by the experienced supervisor at the company; and
There are resources, equipment and facilities provided by the company that support the learning objectives/goals.
Participating companies should be familiar with the Department of Labor’s Advisor on Trainees, which can be found at: www.dol.gov/elaws/esa/flsa/scope/ee15.asp; and with its Fact Sheet #71 concerning internship programs, which can be found at: www.dol.gov/whd/regs/compliance/whdfs71.htm
Please be aware that the guidelines for certain, specific internship programs in which students are enrolled may be more stringent, such as the Senior Co-op program.
Our internship programs include:
Industry Exploration Internship: Retail
Students will spend 10-15 hours per week in a retail-based setting that provides a hands-on internship experience to improve understanding of the nature of the fashion industry with a primary focus on where the customer makes contact with the brand.
Industry Exploration Internship: Corporate
Students with significant retail experience can explore the nature of the fashion industry from a different angle and gain exposure to non-retailing aspects of the industry, including marketing, sales, publications, merchandising, buying, and product development. Students will spend 10-15 hours per week at their internship site.
Students have the opportunity to participate in the Industry Exploration Internship during any of the scheduled terms (Fall, Spring, Summer) to provide maximum flexibility and choice in securing the best opportunity to meet individualized goals.
Students have the opportunity to participate in the Career Building Internship during any of the scheduled terms (Fall, Spring, Summer) to provide maximum flexibility and choice in securing the best opportunity to meet individualized goals.
Students will spend 10-15 hours per week in a corporate/managerial setting that provides the opportunity to experience the requirements of their expected career path. Further, through the internship, students will gain experience with the skills needed to succeed in their career path allowing them to better make academic choices.
During the second semester of their senior year all LIM College students are required to participate in the Senior Co-op program. The Co-op is designed to provide students with a significant full-semester internship experience in the fashion industry, ideally in an area relevant to their career goals and previous experience.
Interns are at their placement Monday through Thursday, full-time, for a total of 28 hours per week (excluding the lunch hour). Students are also required to attend classes on campus every Friday.
During the Senior Co-op interns must receive an on-site visit by an LIM College staff member and a final evaluation from their direct supervisor. This internship must be completed in the New York metro area because of the weekly Friday class requirement. Click here for more information about Senior Co-op Guidelines.
Students who participate in either our Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Fashion Merchandising and Retail Management or MPS in Fashion Marketing degree programs, both online and on-campus, must complete an internship as prescribed by the MPS curriculum. This credited internship experience is to be completed in a student's last semester. More information can be found here.
In addition to our required internship programs, LIM College students often seek part-time internships during the academic year or over the summer in order to gain additional fashion industry experience.
Undergraduate Career Exploration Internship
This one-credit internship is designed to increase student exposure to areas of the fashion and marketing industries in an area relevant to their career goals and experience. Students must prepare three job-related objectives and maintain a journal to document that those objectives were achieved. At the end of the semester students will be evaluated and graded by their supervisor. Students must earn a minimum of 60 hours.
MPS Career Exploration Internship
This one-credit internship is designed to increase student exposure to areas of the industry relevant to their career goals and experience. It can take place during any of the MPS semesters. Students must earn a minimum of 150 hours.
If you don't require interns to receive credit, LIM College can offer a letter of support.
To register for a company account on Symplicity, our online job and internship posting board
- Click on "Register for the First Time" in the "Employer Log-In" section here - https://limcollege-csm.symplicity.com/
- Complete the "Employer Registration" profile template and submit.
- Once your "Employer Registration" information has been approved by the Office of Career Development (within 24 hours), you will receive a password via email.
To post a job or internship for FREE
- Enter your email address as your "Username" and enter the password you were sent via email and log in.
- To post your job or internship to LIM College for free, click on the "Create new job or internship posting” link.
- You can begin to complete the job posting template.
- Your position will be available to LIM College students and alumni within 24 hours on Symplicity, a password protected on-line database of jobs and internships.
For assistance in creating a Symplicity account, posting a job or internship, contact The Department of Experiential Education & Career Management:
Phone: (212) 752-1530 Ext. 329