The Consumer, Apparel, and Retail Studies Department hosted the 5th Annual Internship Poster Competition on Wednesday, October 9th, 2019 in the EUC. Ten rising seniors were selected as Finalists to share their internship experience with students and judges alike with a three-minute elevator speech followed by a short interview with each judge in front of their poster. These student’s peers were just as intrigued as the judges as they were questioned on what it was like to be intern at in-store locations, headquarters of large corporations and with celebrity stylists. Through this process, the finalists had the opportunity to compete for prizes. Judging was based on the student’s presentation of the experience as well as the creativity of their visual presentation. The competition was followed by lunch, where finalists had the opportunity to talk with the judges about their work in the industry and ask questions. After lunch, monetary prizes were awarded to the following students:
Cassidy Burel (Kontoor Brands): Best Oral Presentation
Jack Miller (Gerber): Best Visual Presentation
Haley Milligan (Wrangler): Best Overall
The Consumer, Apparel, and Retail Studies Department would like to give special thanks to our three industry judges, Heather Johnson, Shawn Cooper, and Kevin Toomey.
Each student in the Consumer, Apparel, and Retail Studies Department is required to do an internship after they have taken Professional Development; during the summer between their Junior and Senior year or following their Senior year. Students find their own internships based on their interests in the industry. In the past, students have interned at companies such as Gerber, Wrangler, Nordstrom, Walmart Headquarters, Vans, and many more. Students can intern anywhere in the world that they choose provided the CARS Department approves it. The internship is a great opportunity for students to get work experience for their resume and network with industry professionals.