Returning to Campus: Internships and Career Services
The Office of Career and Internship Services (CIS) has developed co-curricular experiences that will enable students to complete all internship and co-op experiences regardless of how our industry partners respond to COVID-19. Even though the academic year looks different as the impact of the pandemic lingers, LIM students will still have a robust experiential career education experience.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will I find an internship?
In a world of virtual internships, Handshake is the go-to place to find jobs or internships.
We are actively reaching out to our industry partners to create virtual and limited in-person internships, job shadowing, project-based learning and career development experiences. If organizations offering internships are able to implement safety protocols, in-person internships can continue. Students may begin an internship virtually and be allowed to switch to an in-person experience later in the semester, or change an in-person internship to a remote experience. Whether an internship is in-person or virtual will likely depend on:
- Health and safety protocols particular to the internship location and site
- Whether it is feasible to undertake the internship remotely
- Whether the internship requires that the experience occur through a certain modality
I do not have an internship or Senior Co-op for the upcoming semester. What does this mean for me?
2020-21 internship and Senior Co-op courses have been reimagined and designed with built-in flexibility to provide a meaningful experience for students who have secured a traditional internship or co-op, as well as those students who have not yet been able to find an internship or co-op. If you cannot secure a traditional internship, LIM's alternative "Fashion Forward" program will count toward your experiential education course requirements, allowing for on-time degree completion.
What is Fashion Forward?
Fashion Forward is an industry-focused, project-based, virtual career development course for students with or without a traditional internship. Fashion Forward blends academics, industry, and career development in a hybrid virtual classroom. Participants will develop new skills, network, build industry relationships, and prepare for a career in the business of fashion and its related fields. The semester will culminate in a 2-day event called "Fashion Forward LIVE" where students showcase their skills in front of industry professionals.
How do I register for Fashion Forward?
If you are able to find a traditional internship or Co-op and wish to complete your experiential education requirements via that option, you may still do so. The Canvas shells for each course have been designed to deliver the course curriculum for both the traditional internship and Fashion Forward tracks, regardless of whether you will be doing a traditional internship or Fashion Forward.
I am registered for an internship course (CARE 1620, CARE 2620, CARE 4820, MPSM 608/MPSR 659/MPSS 610). What do I need to do?
I have secured an internship or Senior Co-op. What do I need to do?
For students registered in CARE 1620, CARE 2620, CARE 4820, or MPSM 608/MPSR 659/MPSS 610, the last day to submit an Internship or Co-op Experience for approval is Monday, January 25, 2021 at 12pm EST. Visit the CIS Canvas shell for instructions on how to submit your Experience paperwork on Handshake.
Does Fashion Forward count as my Internship/Senior Co-op?
Yes. Fashion Forward will count towards the experiential education internship or co-op requirements and will take the place of the hours a student would otherwise be doing at an internship or co-op worksite.
Do I still have to go to my regular CARE course?
Yes! Because the Fashion Forward course is in lieu of traditional internship or co-op hours, students still need to compete the requirements outlined in the course syllabus.
I found an internship that requires academic credit, but I am not registered in an internship course. What do I do?
Students can register for CARE 1890 - Micro-Internship (undergraduate) or MPSI 690 - Career Exploration Internship (graduate). Students must have an internship secured to qualify for enrollment and may not enroll into this restricted course until an application has been completed and approved CIS. For MPSI 690 or CARE 1890, the last day to submit an Internship Experience on Handshake is Thursday, February 4, 2021 at 12pm EST.
I have a great idea for an internship but I’m not in a CARE internship course. What do I do?
Students can register for CARE 3620, Design Your Own Internship, a 3-credit general elective course that allows you to design an internship experience that’s uniquely right for you! For CARE 3620, the last day to submit an Internship Experience on Handshake is Thursday, February 4, 2021 at 12pm EST.
I am an international student, what do I need to complete for my Internship or Co-op?
What technology skills will I need for Fashion Forward?
You will need some basic technology abilities, such as being able to create Word documents, PowerPoint presentations and videos, saving them, and uploading the files through Canvas, our course management system. Canvas support is available 24/7 and can be accessed through the Help menu in Canvas Global Navigation. Students attending Fashion Forward LIVE are expected to show up on camera and demonstrate professionalism. If for any reason you are unable to have your camera on for the full duration of the session you must contact your professor in advance.