Dept. of Experiential Education & Career Management

Industry Exploration Program

A young woman showing a customer a green jacket in a store

At this level, students will engage in activities including seminars, guest speakers, field trips and internships that are primarily focused on developing the students’ understanding of their current situation. Programs are focused on students defining the industry, exploring employment, career and professional trends in the industry.

Students gain an understanding of their own strengths and weaknesses and begin to identify how their personal strengths and weaknesses interact with opportunities and threats in the professional environment.

Industry Exploration Seminar (1 Credit)

The seminar will introduce students to a variety of fundamental skills, such as:

  • Resume writing
  • Interview techniques
  • Job search strategies
  • as well as provide opportunities to explore different and varied dimensions and directions within the fashion and related industries.

Industry Exploration Internship (2 Credits)

Industry Exploration Internship: Retail - Students will spend 10-15 hours per week in a retail-based setting that provides a hands-on work 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. To qualify, students must provide evidence of their achievements in the retail sector by completing required deliverables and upon approval of the Department of Experiential Education & Career Management.

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.

The chart below highlights the top companies that have participated in this internship program. Please hover over the "Other 46%" chart slice to see some of the other companies that have hosted Industry Exploration interns. For a list of other companies that sponsored Industry Exploration Internship students during the 2013-2014 academic year, please click here.

Top 10 Retail Companies Other - Alexander Wang Barney's New York Birchbox Christian Dior Couture Coach J. Crew Ralph Lauren Topshop Urban Outfitters Versace

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