Category Archives: Career & Internships

My Summer at GUESS?

Hi everyone!

My name is Sam!  This is my first post, and I look forward to sharing my student life.  I’m a third-year Production Management student, and enjoy FIT because of the classes we take and the opportunities we have outside the classroom.  I hope you will get a window into my experiences as an FIT student through my blog posts.  Here’s one part of my college life:
This past summer, I interned for GUESS? at their world headquarters in Los Angeles.  Not only was it a fun work environment where everyone was incredibly welcoming and generous with their time and resources, but their internship program was pretty sweet too!  The program ran for 10 consecutive weeks with about 35 interns in all different departments.
Since we worked full time, we definitely got a taste of what it would be like as regular employees.  Additionally, the HR and Training department went out of their way to set up fun events for us, including a mixer at the start where we played icebreaker games, a charity bake sale, and my personal favorite, Denim Day!
GUESS? is know for their iconic denim marketing, and the process behind each pair of jeans is surprisingly involved.  While GUESS? has its own “laundry” (where denim is developed on site), we were bussed to a bigger facility in LA.  In order to give everyone the taste of the development process, we all received unwashed denim “blanks” that we hand-sanded, distressed, cut and then had washed to our desired shade.  I was lucky enough to intern for the denim development department, and got to spend a lot of time with the laundry technician in the onsite facility.  When we had the event, it was so much fun to share what my internship was like, especially with the finance and legal interns who were new to the fashion industry.
Overall my time in LA this past summer was a blast, and I am so thankful that FIT’s good reputation enabled me to pursue an internship on the other side of the country!
I look forwards to sharing more of my FIT experience with you all through the blog, and if you have any question about Production Management and what we learn about, please send me an email at pm_admissions@fitnyc.edu.  I’d love to speak more about the program!
Best,
Sam

An End and A Beginning

For One Last Time… Hey Everyone,

Two days ago, I officially graduated from FIT. The ceremony could not have taken place on a more perfect day. Now that I have finished college and can look back on my four years, I want to share a few of the most valuable takeaways I have from attending FIT.

Your Hard Work Will Be Rewarding: One of the most important things I built at FIT was my work ethic. With every project I had, I set aside time in order to put 100% of my heart into my work. My work ethic grew stronger and more secure as the years went on. By putting hard work into everything I did, I came out of school with an internship I learned from, a GPA I am proud of, and a portfolio I am excited to work with.

It Is Okay To Make Time For Yourself: Do not forget to make time to relax and enjoy all Manhattan has to offer. There is nothing wrong with slowing down and taking a break from the hours of hard work. Sometimes, breaks from projects give more room for ideas and brainstorming.

Failure Is NOT a Bad Thing: Not every project or assignment is going to go as planned. Now is the time to take chances and make mistakes. It is the time to try new things and learn how to make something better for the next time around. Do not let failure discourage you, but rather inspire you!

Always Be True to Your Passions and Aspirations…and Most Importantly, Yourself: Never lose sight of why you are here or your passions. Be yourself unapologetically and take the time to come into who you really are. Now is the time to learn, grow, and blossom into the truest version of yourself.

It has been an incredible journey here at the Fashion Institute of Technology. I have learned so much and grown immensely; this chapter will always hold a special place in my heart, and I look forward to the next chapter ahead. Best of luck to all you soon-to-be graduates!

Thanks For Reading,
Annmarie X

Final Thoughts: Graduation

Hey All,

I wanted to take a minute to write more of a personal blog. This Thursday I will officially be graduating with a BFA in Illustration from FIT. My journey has been rewarding in ways I cannot describe. I cannot believe the end of my chapter at FIT is around the corner, and a whole new chapter is about to begin.
I have grown so much as an individual at this school, and I am so grateful for the experience. Though filled with much hard work, without FIT, I would not have been able to bring my craft to a level I did not previously imagine possible. Without FIT, I would not have made amazing friendships and been taught by incredible mentors. Without FIT, I would not have been connected to my internship that I have now been working with for almost two years. Without FIT I would not be the independent, go-getting woman that I am today. I owe a lot to this school, a lot to my dedication, and a lot to my aspirations for the future.
I am excited for what the future has to bring, and the challenges that lie ahead for me. FIT has prepared me for the real world, and I am looking forward to taking on this new journey. This week, as I finish my last two classes of college, I look back with fond memories and important lessons.
Congratulations Graduates! Your hard work has paid off, and your new adventure begins now.

Best,
Annmarie X

AAFA 2018 Sourcing Conference

This last week, I had the privilege to attend the American Apparel and Footwear Association’s annual sourcing conference. This year, the event – Supply Chain Innovation: The Key to Success in the New Retail Dynamic – was held in the Ronald Reagen Center in Washington DC.

Who is the AAFA?

The AAFA is an industry organization which represents more than 1,000 companies, including name brands, retailers, and manufacturers. AAFA represents the voice of the industry regarding public policy and political issues. Providing knowledge and services such as supply chain management, trade policy, and brand protection, being a member of the AAFA has major benefits.

 

What was the event?

The AAFA hosts an annual conference which is mainly attended by group members covering topics relevant to the current standing of the industry regarding best practices, political issues, and global issues. This years event was: Supply Chain Innovation: The Key to Success in the New Retail Dynamic. Innovation was the main topic during this event. Innovation in supply chain methods, industry relationships, ERP, robotics and other machinery were all discussed. The conference is also a great time for industry members to network and expand their contacts to create new business relationships.

FIT Job Fair

Hey Everyone,

This being my last semester of college, graduation is on my mind- with graduation comes the ever-so-fun job search. In the upcoming weeks, FIT’s Career and Internship Center is hosting an event for both students and alumni. On March 15th from 11am-2:30pm in the John Reeves Great Hall, there will be a jobs fair for available job and internship positions. A variety of companies are attending the fair, and are looking for current and graduate FIT students.

While this is a special event, the Career and Internship Center is open weekly, Monday-Friday from 9am to 5pm. The center offers a variety of services to students, alumni, and even industry employers. Students may use the center in order to find an internship or job on their own time. They may even meet with the counselors to seek advisement, work on a resume, or help discover career goals.
The Career and Internship Center provides a job database for alumni, as well as a lifetime of job support and access to career counseling. Counseling can help with anything from resumes, to interview preparation, to career and freelance positions. Career counseling is available as both an appointment or walk-in. The walk in hours for Spring 2018 are as listed below:

Mondays, 2:30 – 4 pm
Tuesdays, 11 am – 2 pm
Wednesdays, 10:30 – Noon
Thursdays, 11 am – 2 pm

I hope this information helps anyone who is looking for a job or internship opportunity. It is always a great idea to take advantage of the helpful services that FIT has to offer!

Best of luck,
Annmarie X