MPS FINAL SEMESTER CAREER AND MANAGEMENT COURSE OPTIONS

Students who participate in our Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Fashion Merchandising and Retail Management, Fashion Marketing, and Global Fashion Supply Chain Management degree programs are required to complete a 3-credit internship course that includes an in-class component and industry internship. They may also be eligible to complete a 3-credit management course (Influencing in Organizations or People and Project Management) instead of the 3-credit internship course.

The 3-credit internship experience is coupled with a class. This class is designed to be an assessment of the types of jobs available in the corporate and store environments while the student interns within the fashion and related industries. The course also addresses professional development topics in order to not only enhance the students' competitiveness in the work world but also to increase their levels of self-efficacy in seeking out post-graduation employment opportunities.

The management course, Influencing in Organizations, helps students develop influencing skills that are important to succeed in nearly all work settings. The skills that are emphasized in this course include receiving effective feedback, making persuasive presentations, influencing others, and managing negotiations. Based upon a student’s existing work experience(s), this course will provide students with an opportunity to explore their effectiveness in a team and individual contributor roles.  The course is experiential and provides many opportunities for students to observe, analyze, and practice their influencing skills through participation in role plays and other skills-development exercises.

Students within the Global Fashion Supply Chain Management program may choose to complete People & Project Management, a course which focuses on the human relations and project management aspects of supply chain management. Students will learn how to address the challenges of managing complex team structures, such as those often found within the supply chain network. Students will acquire basic project management skills, such as resource and time management, while also learning how to assign and monitor responsibilities within the project team.

Students also have the option of completing a 1-credit career exploration internship, which is coupled with an online reflective class, in either their first and/or second semesters.  If interested, students are able to complete two 1-credit internships.  The 1-credit internship is an optional component of the program.  As an optional course, it carries an additional tuition fee. Typically, students take the 1-credit internship because they wish to receive additional industry experience during their time at LIM College.