Internship Profiles

 

I started in January 2016 and completed at the end of August 2016. My jobs involved a lot of photographic and graphic design work, where I used those skills in photographing beauty products for The KIT's Instagram, as well as creating the graphic design images for the online and social media content. I worked on updating and reformatting media kits, producing content story mock-up designs, organizing purchased images, and pulling items for photoshoots.

My time at The KIT has helped me develop an eye for design that is suitable for a specific target market. As a designer for a brand, it is always important to ensure that we add our own special flavour onto the work while ensuring the consistency of style and marketability for the brand. Producing the Instagram product shoots and creating the online posts allowed me to develop skills in training my eye to look into multiple details necessary in good design work.

Take initiative for any opportunities that come your way. Internships are the perfect way for you to get your foot in the door in an industry you may be new to. So step out of the little bubble we tend to be comfortable in and try things you have never tried before, because this is the time for us to be able to learn the industry and understand where your strengths may be the most suitable as well as where our weaknesses may need more work in.

 

Aloisa Macedonio

Art and Design Intern at The KIT

Aloisa Macedonio is a fourth year fashion communications student who interned in 2016 at the Kit, a fashion and beauty publication affiliated with Toronto Star.

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Image from Kit Compact, September 2016
Image from Kit Compact, Summer 2016
Blake Harris

My main in-office duties included going through contracts, posts, and other documents made by the company to ensure our inclusivity. Other in-office tasks varied from researching quotes on different venues and rental services to running errands for upcoming weddings. I also assisted on a variety of floral designs for our clients. Finally, on wedding days I would help with the set-up and take down of decor and making sure the overall event ran smoothly.

I learned a lot about the wedding industry and event planning in general. Weddings are such a huge part of our lives and couples put so much into their special day. I think the biggest lessons I learned were that the client always comes first and making sure they are happy is a huge priority. And finally I learned that the guests do not see what happens behind the scenes so work your butt off to create a perfect event.

In the event planning industry, especially with weddings, there are a lot of different people/companies involved and keeping on top of everyone can sometimes be very challenging; so stay organized! Another huge piece of advice would be that the magic is in the details, so make sure they are perfect. Finally in wedding planning it is sometimes hard to stay creative when you have to follow the clients wishes, so try to get into their mindset to be able to execute their vision of the event.

Blake Harris

LGBTQ+ Media and Wedding Coordinator, The White Book Wedding Co.

After a three month internship at The White Book Wedding Co, Blake gained valuable experience and knowledge of event planning and the wedding industry.

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My name is Millie Yates and I am entering my fourth year of Fashion design at Ryerson University. My internship in the summer of 2016 was with Abercrombie & Fitch. I worked as a technical design intern for a two-month period with the company.

Having completed a number of small internships, I was unsure of what to expect as an intern with a company as enormous as Abercrombie & Fitch. In my orientation week before I began working with my team, previous interns shared their experiences with us. I was told that the learning curve would be steep, but incredibly gratifying. I found this to be very true over the course of my 8-week internship.

Abercrombie prepared the interns well for work. We spent a couple of weeks familiarizing ourselves with the company and the programs we would be using on a daily basis. I’d never before had an internship in technical design and I remember how nervous I was to begin. Those two weeks of orientation ensured me that I was capable of doing the work ahead and that I would have fun at it, too.

Adjusting to the cycle of production was the first hurdle I would face. I worked largely in Web PLM and Accumark while I was away; the switch from manual to digital pattern-drafting was a huge change but a welcome one. I found I enjoyed the precision of creating patterns on my desktop and liked the organization of PLM. I worked on the Abercrombie Boys’ Graphic Tees and Rugged Knits departments over the course of my internship. I came into the company with very little knowledge about the construction of knits, so I was happy to take on something new.

On a day-to-day basis I had a variety of tasks. Things never got boring at A&F and I rarely found myself doing monotonous or repetitive work. I would measure and assess the quality of samples by fitting them on a form or a live model. I wrote comments to send to vendors and created technical sketches and diagrams in Illustrator. I also had a number of independent projects as an intern; taking a design from sketch pass to fit stage and creating new patterns for upcoming seasons. Technical design was just as challenging and interesting as I’d hoped it would be.

What I appreciated most about this internship was the company’s willingness to give their interns an immersive experience. From day one I felt as though I was a contributing member to my team; at A&F, we shared responsibilities and after a few weeks my team trusted me to do my work independently. This contributed greatly to my growth in technical design. I was very fortunate to have a mentor that both supported and pushed me in my learning (and it didn’t hurt that she was a former Ryerson grad, either). It was her leadership that encouraged me to take on new challenges and I largely have her (and my Boys’ team) to thank for the success of my internship.

My biggest takeaways from my time with A&F are that 1) It is important to try things outside of your comfort zone, because that is where learning happens, 2) To trust your abilities. Ryerson prepares you well for a number of different jobs, and you will be surprised at how much you actually know, 3) Say “yes” as much as possible while interning. Taking initiative will not only impress your boss, but will expose you to new opportunities you might not ordinarily stumble upon, and finally 4) Write everything down!

 

Millie Yates

Technical Designer, Abercrombie & Fitch

Millie shares her experience as a Tecnical Design intern at Abercrombie & Fitch during the Summer of 2016.

Victoria Pandeirada

I was a buying intern for Saks Off 5th Canada's Women's accessories. I learned what the daily routine of a buyer looks like with the help of an assigned mentor. I helped create purchase orders, and learned how to use internal software. I analyzed sales data reports and suggested what to buy from vendors based on results. I selected items for the store independently based on that data– which was super exciting! I also got the opportunity to source new yoga accessories vendors for January 2017. I researched new vendors, contacted them, set up calls, received samples, attended vendor meetings and even got to create an assortment of products for potential new stores. I created trend forecasting reports for S/S 17 for my supervisor to take to market. My internship allowed me to get my hands into every facet of buying and gave me a lot of responsibility. This internship was unique in that I got a lot of real life experience, true to what the daily duties of a buyer look like. The internship also had several learning days where interns gathered to learn more about HBC and got the chance to hear from all different kind of roles within the company.

I learned that buying and planning is hard work. I also learned it's important to put as much effort as possible into any task, no matter how big or small. Aside from logistics, it also painted a really clear picture of what working in a corporate environment is like. I did not have a lot of previous knowledge about retail management and within two months I felt like I had learned so much about the business.

I also learned that it's your responsibility to make the most out of any internship. It is important to take initiative and create opportunities for yourself. I also suggest saying yes to everything! Even if you don't know how to do something at first, those around you understand it is an internship and will be more than glad to help you. Also, write down everything.

 

Victoria Pandeirada

Buying Intern, HBC Merchandising Internship

Victoria is a fourth year Fashion Communication student who intered at Saks Off Fifth during the summer of 2016.

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Internship duties: A customer service representative for the company and go-to extra support for the bridal consultants; organizing/putting away gowns, shoes and accessories in the stock room and on the floor. Taking photographs after brides say "yes" for production purposes and printing and preparing them for the consultants. Putting robes in washer/dryer and steaming them to go in change rooms for clients.  Finally, completing any tasks asked by one of the managers or bridal consultants.

Throughout this experience I learned the lesson of being a small fish in a big pond. Since I was lucky enough to intern for a large company my responsibilities and tasks were much smaller.  This can either be an advantage or drawback depending on the person.  Although I wasn’t able to take away a significant amount of learning in terms of knowledge/skill, I can successfully say that the experience was rewarding in a different way.  I experienced what it feels to work in the real world. One of the many benefits of interning for Kleinfeld was the networking opportunity with designer representatives who appeared during trunk show weekends.

As for some tips for future interns I can honestly say do not intern during your first year. First year fashion is busy enough so if you are lucky enough to be able to squeeze some downtime into your life, you don’t want to have to spend it rushing to an internship – there is plenty of time and opportunities to intern.  Don’t wear brand new wedges to the first day of your internship unless you have already broken them in of course.  Don’t rush through your internship to get the hours out of the way, really try and find something that interests you so you can enjoy it and make the most of the opportunity.  Finally, if you can find a paid internship it will really be worth your while.  You will spend countless hours feeling like you’re at a job until you remember you aren’t being paid.

Emily Moreno

Intern, Kleinfeld Hudson's Bay

Determined to gain experience in the industry early on, Emily intered at Kleinfeld Hudson's Bay during her first year of Fashion Design.

Kleinfeld Store
Kleinfeld Store
Kleinfeld Store
Hawke Hwang Headshot

My internship involved assisting the buying and marketing team for The Room. Jobs included creating purchase orders for buyers, looking over order confirmations, and assisting events like the Mary Katrantzou Fall/Winter'15 fashion show at the Arcadian Court. I had multiple ongoing projects like creating trend presentations for the the upcoming seasonal trend meeting, buy bibles for sales associates and personal shoppers, and a special order tracker

I learned a great deal about how the buying process works in the designer fashion industry. I learned how to be efficient, detail orientated and very organized. The internship helped me develop my interpersonal skills, along with understanding the importance of vendor relations. I advise future interns to always have a positive attitude! Do not let your emotions get the best of you, and develop a sense of professionalism. Go above and beyond of what is asked of you, but understand boundaries. You need tough skin to make it in the fashion industry, so never let failure get to you. Stand strong, proud and remember to represent Ryerson in the best way possible.
 

Hawke Hwang

Hudson's Bay Company - The Room, Office Intern

Hawke interned at The Room in Hudson's Bay and got a firsthand look into the fast paced world of Fashion

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You started with Pink Tartan as an intern in the summer of 2013, how did you find this opportunity?

My mother knew someone who worked at the head office. She recommended that I reach out and talk to them to get more insight into the industry. When I met with them, we discussed my interests, which included graphic design, trend forecasting, and journalism. At the time they were looking for an intern to help their visual communications director and told me to come in again for an interview. I meet with the head of visual communications and she gave me a few assignments to complete to see if I had the skills, design sensibilities, and understanding of the brand to meet the requirements for the position. My three years in the fashion communication program and the courses I had taken over the years provided me with a great foundation to complete the assignments and I got the job!

What experience do you think best qualified you for the job?

I think that the experiences that I gained throughout my time at Ryerson really prepared me for the job. You need to meet deadlines quickly, and efficiency is really important. Unexpected things are bound to come up and mess with your schedule, so you learn quickly to plan for more time than you need, and to be prepared to meet tight deadlines. I also think that taking typography in my 3rd year allowed me to really develop the skills in understanding layout, type, balance, and hierarchy that benefited me immensely.

Now that you’ve been hired full-time how have your tasks and responsibilities changed since you started?

I have a lot more responsibility than I did as an intern. After my boss left, I have taken over many of the responsibilities that she was in charge of. It was definitely a jump going from intern to full time employee. You are a lot more accountable for the work you produce. It is a lot of hard work, but so far I am really enjoying what I am doing.

You had 2 years of University experience in Media, Information and Technology before you came to Ryerson Fashion. Was there any reason you decided to pursue that first? What drove you to make the switch?

To be honest I was more or less pressured by advisers and family to go into the Media, Information and Technology (MIT) program.  At the time MIT only accepted 88 people per year so like Ryerson Fashion, it was not easy to get into. I also felt a pressure to leave Toronto and have an experience living outside the city. I thought media was a good choice as I was interested in journalism, advertising, and magazine publishing. The program and the culture of Western and London however was not what I expected and I decided it was not the right fit and I took a year off to figure out what I wanted to do. I ended up interning in the fashion department at Chatelaine Magazine for 8 months and it really inspired me to apply to the program.

It’s funny when I looked back at my old elementary school yearbook I said that I wanted a career fashion. Somewhere along the way I forgot that. In high school the concept of a career in fashion was not even on my radar. I think that in some ways I needed to get a bit lost to finally find my way back to a career path that I hope will challenge and motivate me to stay true to my self and my goals.

Annalie Chernin

Starting out as an intern for Pink Tartan provided Annalie with the foundation to reach a coveted full time position.

Majority of the internship spent in the office was dedicated to unpacking items from designers and PR agencies and organizing them into the fashion closet. When the team was done with the items we would then package them back up and send them back. A lot of time was also spent sending and replying to emails for requesting items from lookbooks and sending designer’s issues of the magazine. Outside of the office I had the opportunity to attend fashion and beauty shoots and help on set.

This internship taught me a lot about how a magazine functions and that this is a career that I am very interested in. I was already interested in the possibility of working for a magazine in the future but this experience made me even more intrigued. Not only did i get the opportunity to see the fashion aspect of the magazine but also the beauty section and aspects of creative direction. Another very important thing I quickly learned and even after finishing the internship, is that the Toronto fashion industry is very small and you will most likely run into the people you meet again, so it's really important to make a good first impression!

A few tips I would give to future interns is to always ask questions if you need clarification, everyone in the office is extremely understanding and helpful! Also, be very eager to learn and show how interested you are because it won't go unnoticed, you never know who you will run into again!

Olivia Szlagowski

Fashion/Editorial Intern, FASHION magazine

Getting an internship early on during second year helped Olivia shape her career plan in the fashion industry.

Wholesale doesn’t have anything to do with design, which is what I am majoring in. Ryerson offers numerous opportunities to put you out into the fashion industry. You can use your skills/experience to be part of the communications side even if you’re a design student and vice versa. I’ve had about 5 internships throughout my time at Ryerson. A lot of the learning experience has been about myself and where I want to steer my life. Specifically to Michael Kors, I learned what it means to stay with a company long-term and my bosses have taught me the ins and outs of the wholesale industry for a global company and what it means to be truly dedicated and passionate about a job. Patience is key. It will take time to get the jobs you want. Especially in fashion, I think you must stay active and involved within the fashion industry. This will prove how dedicated you are and will build your resume.

Tips for future interns:

  • When asked to do a task, add that extra step. For instance, if asked to file, file alphabetically or if asked to store clothes in the storage room, store clothes by season or commodity. It’s that extra step that only adds 5 minutes to the task that will make the difference. My internship at MK started unpaid but because I took that extra step, it became a paid internship.
  • Have a good work ethic and stay consistent. Be the person you boasted about in your interview!
  • Enjoy yourself. As much as work is work, you spend days with the people you work with. It’s not uncommon for you to spend more time with the people you work with than your family and friends.

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Shawn Kainu

Assistant Wholesale Coordinator, Michael Kors

After 3 months into her internship at Michael Kors, Shawn's hardwork and potential promoted her to a paid two year internship.

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As the PR and Archive intern with Prabal Gurung, I mainly focus on sample trafficking. This includes coordinating the different samples within the office and sending and receiving the samples to the different publications, stylists, and celebrities that request. I also assist the PR Manager is various tasks such as assisting with photoshoots, model castings, fittings, market presentations, and events.

Being given so much responsibility within the brand, I am really learning what the PR industry is like, and how hard people have to work to be successful in this area of the business. Future interns should remember to always be punctual and ready to take on arduous tasks. Through these tasks, you will gain more responsibility and be able to take on more tasks.

Katie Knoll

PR and Archive Intern, Prabal Gurung, New York City

Katie is currently at an internship with Parbal Gurung, learning about the PR industry within fashion.