All Retailing and Tourism Management students are required to complete a 6-credit hour summer course taken at the end of their junior or senior year. The program requires each student to complete an 8-week supervised internship at an instructor approved location. Interns are placed at sites both nationally and internationally. The internship is focused on student’s career interest which may include, but are not limited to, retail management, product development, marketing, buying and sourcing, customer relations, event planning, fashion journalism, lodging, food and beverage establishments, theme parks, and hotel management. The internship is the final step in providing our students with real-world experience!
Student Internship Spotlights:
Liz English - HMT Student
Internship: The Conrad Caldwell House Museum, Louisville, KY
The is honestly no 'typical' day here at CCHM but I do have some ongoing projects that I tend to work on most days. I am heading up a project that entails creating sponsorship packages and annual partnerships with businesses that I will be presenting to the board in July. I am also now setting up rental appointments with potential clients and doing final walk-thru's with already booked events.
I use my skills that I learned in my event planning class when I meet with potential clients. I am able to think of different scenarios that the clients might run into and give them suggestions as well as guide them in the right direction as far as the planning process. I'm also using some business knowledge to work on wedding packages to be more appealing to brides. I'm thinking of many marketing opportunities for the Museum to get our name out for things other than just weddings like corporate events!
Raven Williams - MAT Student
Internship: Product Development for Dress Barn, Mahwah, NJ
Every day is different. From fittings to working with Illustrator, meeting with the design team and working with vendors. I'm never at my desk all day. I do a lot of work in Excel with IMU charts and line sheets.
The fundamental classes like Textiles for Consumers is where I'm really using what I've learned. You have to be familiar with types of fabrics so when you're trying to find affordable fabrics for the designers you know what they are looking for and what is good quality. The Product Development course has also been helpful because I am seeing how the product life cycle works and everyone who is involved in it.
Allison Burke - MAT Student
Internship: BCBGMAXAZRIA, Los Angeles, CA
I update all analytics for the social media channels the brand uses for marketing. These include: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, Pinterest, and Polyvore. I check to see if we have received adequate reach and our top posts from the week and schedule all weekend posts in advance.
I work on Mall outreach via emailing all malls that have BCBGMAXAZRIA and Herve Leger stores and tell them about what promotions or new arrivals they should be advertising. Next, I check all of the malls social media channels to see who has posted. From there, I compile an excel sheet with images of their postings. After that, I work on collecting images and postings for the BonChic Blog and for Facebook and Instagram and draft Tweets. This internship is an amazing opportunity for hands on real experience in fashion. There are various departments and they hire on their interns. I highly recommend it.
Michelle Cappy - HMT Student
Internship: Embassy Suites of Lexington, KY
My typical day as an intern consists of exceeding customers' expectations and ensuring that guests feel like they are lodging in a facility that feels like a home away from home. Essentially, to make sure their stay is a easy transition from their usual lifestyle at home and to that customers are very comfortable.
I put my knowledge of hotel management revenue concepts into my internship every day. Every morning I print out and evaluate SALT reports. This is to see how our property stands compared to other hotel properties in the nearby Lexington area. Some important things to acknowledge are customer satisfactions scores in overall experience and service.
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Where Have Our Students Interned?
Both MAT and HMT students have worked for several amazing organizations. Our students have done internships anywhere from Los Angeles to New York City, below is a list of just a few of the places our students have interned!
Merchandising, Apparel, and Textiles Internships:
- Diane von Furstenberg
- Old Navy
- Crate & Barrel
- Victoria’s Secret
- Guess Corporate Headquarters
- Tommy Hilfiger
- Badgley Mischka
- Kleinfeld Bridal
- Kohl’s Corporate Office
- Showroom delfina
- Brit + Co
- Marie Claire
- Studio Zeta International Showroom
Hospitality Management and Tourism Internships:
- The Shangri-La Hotel, Chengdu, China
- Hyatt Regency
- Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort
- The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
- Spruce Meadows
- Disney World
- Jimmy John’s
- Marriot Griffin Gate
- Deerfield Ranch Winery
- Enoteca Wine + Tapas Bar
- TMI Hospitality
- Courtyard by Marriott
- Ceder Point Amusement Park
- Elite Events Inc.
- Lodging Source, LLC
- Hilary J. Boone Center
- All Inclusive Outlet
- Clarion Hotel
- Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards
- Great Expectations
- Embassy Suites
- Homewood Suites