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Department of Consumer and Design Sciences

Apparel Merchandising, Design, & Production Management
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Apparel Merchandising Undergraduate Intership Guide


2.0 gapped gpa
Completed CADS 3850 (C or better)
Departmental approval
Completion of CADS 5850 is highly recommended, but not required.

  1. Read carefully all content from the Apparel Merchandising Undergraduate Internship Guide (the current webpage) and all of its linked documents.

  2. Read, complete and sign Intent to Intern Form and submit to your Program Coordinator following the mandatory Fall meeting and by October 15. Submission of the form does not preclude a change in plans at a later date, but the coordinator must be informed of changed plans.


Learning objectives:

1. Enhance professional skills

  • Your internship should enable you to gain an understanding of the role of a professional, including the professional's responsibilities, and ethical code of conduct.
  • You should expect to enhance professional growth and development by applying knowledge and skills developed in your academic program and acquiring skills in retail management, merchandising, design, apparel product development, and/or other industry related areas.

2. Practice communication skills

  • You should expect to develop speaking skills to be comfortable in front of clients, executive leaders, and colleagues when presenting and expressing ideas, practice accepting both criticism and feedback, and applying other principles and concepts learned in formal course work in a career setting.

3. Prepare for your career

  • You should expect to be given an opportunity to acquire skills in retail management and merchandising, design and apparel product development, and industry related support areas.
  • You should gain an understanding of the satisfactions and challenges of a career in the retail, design and product development, or related support industry.
  • Your internship should enable you to become familiar with the overall structure, functions and operation in the retail, design and product development, or related support industry.



Requirements
  • The internship site must agree to your working full time (40 hours per week) for 10 weeks. Under some circumstances, the intern may work slightly fewer hours per week and for more than 10 weeks to complete 400 hours.
  • The site should not be owned or managed by one of your family members, even if distant.
  • The company needs to have a well-established business; for a relatively new firm, this means several years of successful operation and the existence of personnel with previous experience in the business to share with the intern.
  • The firm must agree to your having access to people or information that are needed to complete course requirements (e.g., allow you to interview personnel and complete an internship project).
Potential sites
  • Companies can range from small to large.
  • Companies do not have to have a formal internship program.
  • Paid internships are preferred. However, there can be valid opportunities where interns may not be paid or may receive only partial remuneration.
  • If in your search you explore a site or placement that you are not sure will be approved, collect all pertinent information and then consult your Coordinator before you proceed.

Note that a Merchandising Option student will not be approved for a placement where the internship experience is design-oriented (and vice versa).

International internships: Students who wish to pursue these should see Dr. Warfield for more information.


List of Possible Internship & Job Websites

Tips for Cover Letters & Resumes

Interview Tips

Information to Share with Prospective Employers


Complete the Internship Application Packet -- Part 1

Complete all six (6) of the following items and submit to your Program Coordinator, Dr. Kwon via email in a single PDF file attachment two (2) months before the internship is scheduled to begin.


**All six items must be scanned into a single PDF file.**

1. Academic credit check

  • Call CHS Academic Affairs Office at 334.844.4790 for an appointment if you have not previously completed one. The Academic Affairs Office also offers some walk-in days.
  • If you have previously completed an academic credit check but lost it, go to the Academic Affairs Office and request a copy.

2. Your 1 page resume

3. Signed Hold Harmless document

4. Signed Permission to Use Student Work document

5. Completed Internship Search form

6. Completed and signed Dining Exemption form (not required for Summer internships); you must submit to AU Dining with proof of registration.



Checklist for internship application packet -- Part 1 (Due two months before the internship is to begin.)


___ Internship Search Form


___ Resume


___ Academic Credit Check


___ Permission to Use Student Work Form


___ Hold Harmless Form


___ Dining Exemption Form




Complete the Internship Application Packet -- Part 2

Due before the end of the semester prior to the internship via email to your program coordinator Dr. Kwon. The Program Coordinator will not sign the contract without a complete packet.


**Both items must be scanned into a single PDF file.**

1. Completed AMDP Merchandising Internship Contract

  • The firm internship supervisor must sign after you sign and before the program coordinator signs.
  • Your Program Coordinator will not sign without a completed packet.

2. Completed Internship Compensation form



Checklist for internship application packet -- Part 2 (Due two months before the internship is to begin.)


___ Internship Contract


___ Internship Compensation Form





YOU CANNOT REGISTER YOURSELF FOR THE INTERNSHIP!
The CADS Department Head is the last person to sign the Contract. With her approval, the CADS Office will enroll you in 4920.

You must be enrolled at the beginning of the internship term with enough time allocated to complete the 10 week requirement.

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Department of Consumer and Design Sciences

For more information contact:

Dr. Wi-Suk Kwon
Human Sciences Professor of Reatailing
308 Spidle Hall
Auburn University
Auburn, AL 36849-5603
Phone (334) 844-4011
Fax (334) 844-1340
kwonwis@auburn.edu