Experiential Learning Apparel and Merchandising Internships
Students in the Apparel and Merchandising undergraduate program are encouraged to participate in the department-coordinated internship program that involves a full-time, 12-week (i.e., 12-credit) professional experience with nationally and internationally recognized firms and organizations in the apparel industry or a related field. The internship is intended to provide students with real-life experience in design, product development, merchandising, sourcing, retailing, and promotions/public relations with supervision from industry professionals. Over the years, students have participated in internships with companies including Betsy Johnson, Nordstrom, Ralph Lauren, Target, and nonprofit organizations such as Ten Thousand Villages and Women in Progress. Students are required to have a GPA of 2.5 or higher in order to participate in the internship program.
Apparel and Merchandising Internships Current Partners
- Alice & Oliva, New York, NY
- Billabong, Irvine, CA
- Chloe Oliver, Los Angeles, CA
- Dillard’s, Gilbert, AZ
- Jonathon Simkai, New York, NY
- Marchesa, New York, NY
- Nordstrom’s (various locations)
- Paige, Los Angeles, CA
- Pearl Izumi, Boulder, CO
- Tommy Hilfiger, New York, NY
- Urban Outfitters, Philadelphia, PA
- Vera Wang, New York, NY
Students also are encouraged to consider international internship opportunities. More information about international internships can be obtained through Education Abroad in the Office of International Programs. To make an appointment with an Education Abroad Adviser/Coordinator, call (970) 491-5917 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Outdoor Sportswear Internships
You will find an abundance of outdoor activities in Colorado, including skiing, rock climbing, hiking, biking, golfing, running, camping, and more. As a result, many outdoor sportswear companies have made Colorado their corporate headquarters. These companies offer the latest styles in men’s and women’s outdoor sportswear and gear and are industry leaders with patented technologies that set them apart from the competition. Our concentrated studies in Apparel Design and Production and Merchandising include internship opportunities that often lead to employment with a variety of outdoor sportswear companies, including both manufacturers and retailers.
Students in our department have completed internships with:
- Icelandic Design
- Pearl Izumi
- Sierra Designs
- Spyder Active Sports