Undergraduate Internship Guide


Fashion Design and Merchandising offers two undergraduate degree concentrations: Design and Product Development Concentration and Merchandising Concentration. Students are required to complete professional internships in firms across the country and internationally to prepare students for high quality apparel-related positions. The junior and senior level focus on the student’s career interests. Design and Product Development students intern with couture designers or in industry settings (not retail). Merchandising student internships may include marketing, store management, buying, sourcing, sales, merchandising, media and special events, fashion journalism, or consumer relations experiences. Unique internships in theatrical costuming, or in museums with historical costume or textile collections are also possible.


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Tamara Racine Beauchamp

Title: Marketing Intern

Company: V3Stent
Tamara Racine Beauchamp

This past summer I interned at V3Stent in Montreal, Canada. The company offers the latest Artificial Intelligence technologies. Stent targets the right people at the right moment with the right message. Stent is more than a social selling platform, it's where data-driven intelligence meets human business intuition. I had various tasks including marketing, developing strategies, participating in meetings, collaborating with operators to find new strategies to target customers, and working on web pages for the products. I really enjoyed working as a group and finding ways to target and influence future customers. I worked closely with my supervisor, Sarah Miloges, about how we could combine her knowledge about marketing and business with my skills learned from MSU to improve the website and have a stronger influence.The website developed quickly and became very beneficial over the course of my internship. Four weeks into my internship, I was already more confident and felt included in the company. It really helped me understand what marketing jobs would look like and what a working atmosphere looks like. I am so thankful for the opportunity to be an intern at V3Stent. The experience was incredible. I was able to put my skills learned at MSU to use, meet wonderful people, and gain knowledge while working for such an amazing company.

Abigale Williams

Title: Summer Intern

Company: Akron Rubber Ducks Team Store
Abigale Williams

I had the privilege of interning in Akron, Ohio for the Akron Rubber Ducks Team Store. I had a great experience learning about sales, retail, and merchandising. It was a challenge due to the worker shortage crisis, but I still learned so many meaningful lessons. I had the opportunity to shadow the store manager on her day-to-day duties. I helped customers find merchandise that would fit their needs. I also found myself getting a great amount of experience in visual merchandising. My supervisors trusted me to dress the mannequins and execute store displays. I even got the opportunity to run the social media page by taking pictures of merchandise, coming up with a caption to grab the customer's attention, and posting the pictures to their store page. I am very thankful for this experience and the skills it has given me to further my career.

Abby Caughman

Title: Intern

Company: ASHLEYlauren

At ASHLEYlauren, I was able to gain knowledge about the wholesale fashion industry. I worked in marketing, graphic design, merchandising, and at the warehouse. Every day was different and brought new challenges. The environment was super upbeat, and Ashley's team is extraordinary. They are truly professionals in the business, and it is apparent why their company has grown so much over the last couple of years. Ashley Lauren is so inspiring and I learned so much from her. She is determined to have the best customer service and she treats her employees with so much respect.

During the summer, I mainly worked in the warehouse packaging orders, checking inventory, and unboxing new arrivals. I also spent a lot of time on the computer working on the back end of the website, cropping photos, and creating marketing material. We were heavily involved in the planning of the August World of Prom Market Show and a lot of the summer was preparing for that. I am so grateful for this experience and how much it helped me grow as a young professional.

Alisha McDougal

Title: Sales Associate/ Management Trainee

Company: Bargain Hunt
Alisha McDougal

During the summer of 2020, I was able to intern at Bargain Hunt and learn the skills needed to become an efficient manager. I found myself shadowing the leader of the store and absorbing the knowledge she has obtained in management for over a decade. I worked with 25 fellow employees and served about 2,000 customers. I also attended countless meetings, learned the proper way to file paperwork, and make the best sales. This internship challenged me to stay on my toes and learn everything needed to truly assist customers. Every day brought on a new task that I needed to experience in order to grow in the retail industry. It was a privilege to work with the store and team leaders. I have gained the skills and knowledge to further myself in my pursuit of a managerial career.

Brittany Zapata

Title: Buyer Intern

Company: Bealls Inc.
Brittany Zapata

This past summer I had the opportunity of being a buyer intern in the dresses department for Bealls Stores located in Bradenton, FL! Throughout the internship, I learned the roles and responsibilities of being a merchandise assistant, assistant buyer, and a senior level buyer. My daily activities consisted of excel training, communicating with vendors, entering purchase orders, using reporting cubes, and working on various projects.

During my internship, I was assigned a simple project; to come up with a name, concept, general assortment, and overall store presence for our new maternity line. While my buyer was at market, I came up with a concept board and presentation to show her. A few weeks later, I was presenting in front of our President Matt Beall! During my last week, the name "Me + My" made it through marketing and is becoming a new exclusive brand! I am so filled with excitement to know I made a difference during my internship here at Bealls. Don't be just the "intern", you never know what kind of impact you can make. Look out for Me & My Maternity in Bealls Stores this fall!

This has been the most rewarding experience! Throughout the 10 weeks I spent here, I was able to shadow the VP's of planning & allocations, product development, marketing, and more. Doing so allowed me to figure out exactly what I want to do in this industry, and that's being a buyer on a corporate level! I know that I will confidently carry everything I've learned wherever I go. From entering hundreds of PO's, introducing a new exclusive maternity line, and successfully completing an intern group project presented in front of the entire office. Thank you Bealls for bringing me out of my comfort zone, and most importantly, making me feel like I was a part of the team!

Mari Lampkin

Title: Merchandising Intern for Shoes YC, Private Brands, and Kid's Shoes

Company: Belk Inc.
Mari Lampkin

I had the opportunity to work as a Merchandising Intern in the Shoes Young Contemporary, Private Brands, and Kid's Shoes departments at Belk Inc. Although I worked remotely for majority of my internship, I was able to visit the home office in Charlotte, North Carolina and learn a lot about the history and culture of Belk Inc. Throughout my internship, I learned about the buying process and the many moving parts of the nation's largest privately-owned mainline department store. I was able to gain experience on how to set up styles, place orders, check pricing, and submit sale components. These tasks were completed by applying my knowledge of the internal systems such as RMS, RPM, Workhorse, and APX.

Outside of my weekly tasks, I presented several major projects both individually and apart of a group. I presented with other interns after several weeks of researching to find social media influencers who would be great candidates for the Wonderly brand relaunch. I presented individually on new shoe brands Belk could potentially start partnering with and my takeaways from the Belk internship experience.

Overall, I loved every minute of my internship. I was able to network with and work alongside some amazing people. I learned a lot of valuable information that I will be able to apply in my future career. I also felt a part of a welcoming and supportive work community that saw me as much more than a summer intern but a member of their family.

Brennan Byrne

Title: Design Assistant/Patternmaker

Company: Blue Delta Jeans
Brennan Byrne

At my internship at Blue Delta Jeans, I got the chance to see all facets of the blue jean production cycle. I managed converting the measurements from the clients into sewing measurements and even created patterns using their Optitex software. I also got the chance to oversee alterations and help with shipping. Blue Delta is a great and successful company in Northeast Mississippi and I am so happy that I got the opportunity to work for them.

Michelle Jean

Title: Design Assistant/Patternmaker

Company: Blue Delta Jeans
Michelle Jean

This past summer I was able to intern with Blue Delta Jean Co. in Tupelo, Mississippi. I worked as the Design Assistant and Patternmaker, where I learned the whole process that goes into making custom, bespoke jeans. I spent the summer learning how to convert each client's specific measurements into the proper tolerances and specifications to make their jean, and then used those measurements in the Optitex computer program in order to make their jean come to life! As I became more skilled in Optitex and making the patterns, I was able to venture into other areas of the company and learn how to handle alterations, work the intricacies of shipping, and how to properly measure clients being fitted for their custom pair of jeans. I am thankful for Blue Delta and how they allowed me to learn every skill and position within the company so that I can easily adapt and take over where needed.

After my internship, I was able to continue with Blue Delta as Patternmaker and Head of Alterations! I am continuing to become better and more skilled at making patterns with Optitex, and more recently making a pattern from scratch for a medical gown, as well as being head of customer service and making sure we are able to meet each client's needs. I have grown so much while at Blue Delta and am so thankful for the hands-on teaching and opportunities!

Anna Evan Bristow

Title: Design Intern

Company: Blue Delta Jeans
Anna Evan Bristow

I was able to intern with Blue Delta Jean Co. in my hometown of Tupelo, Mississippi, during Summer 2020. I learned the whole process that goes into making custom, bespoke jeans. The company was not making as many jeans as they were used to do, because they decided to use their supplies to make masks and medical gowns! We made 50,000 or more masks a week. Blue Delta Jean Co. was also featured on LinkedIn's "Beyond the Call" list, which highlights the nation's top 20 companies who are going above the call of duty in the face of the pandemic. I was thankful to intern at a company that made me feel safe during Covid-19, but also made my community feel safe because of how much they gave back.

Gracie Hester

Title: Sales Intern

Company: Blue Delta Jeans
Gracie Hester

During the summer of 2021, I had the amazing opportunity to work as a sales intern for Blue Delta Jean Co. Blue Delta is a custom jean company with a factory in Tupelo, MS and a retail store in Oxford, MS. Blue Delta creates custom jeans for people all over the world. Some of their customers are Nicole Kidman, Riley Green, Morgan Freeman, and so many more! As a sales intern, I travel with the company to different places including, Tampa, FL, Lake Charles, LA, and Biloxi, MS. Blue Delta travels all over the fifty states to casinos, golf tournaments, and other special events. I tag along for these events to assist the company in any way they may need. Some of my tasks include assisting in measuring, helping customers choose their fit and fabric, and verifying order forms. I am so excited to have this opportunity and have enjoyed every second since I started!

Samantha Sala

Title: Summer Intern

Company: Boldly Blonde
Samantha Sala

In Summer 2020, I began my internship for Boldly Blonde, an online women's boutique based out of Columbus, Mississippi. I worked closely with the owner, Carson Taylor, who taught me many valuable, transferable skills that will be very beneficial when I open my store. Throughout my time with her, I learned a lot about what goes on behind the scenes when owning and operating an online business. There are several aspects of the business that many people may not be aware. For instance, I was taught how to manage and update inventory, how to update a website that is constantly changing, and so much more. Several tasks that were my responsibility over the summer included organizing the stock room, fulfilling, and shipping online orders, and assisting with photoshoots. One of the most valuable things would be understanding how to purchase products based on constantly changing trends. Because of Covid-19 cancelling our second and third apparel market of the year, I had to learn how to analyze future trends based on current growing styles. For example, once we were all told to begin quarantine, we knew that the sale of athleisure and lounge wear would increase. Another improvisation we had in place was live sale videos through Facebook and Instagram instead of having a pop-up shop once a month. Before my internship officially began, I was able to attend an apparel market in Atlanta, Georgia with my supervisor. It was a two-day trip that made me so excited for my future as a fashion major. On day one, we reviewed all of the different vendors from tops and dresses to rompers and denim. It took us around eight hours to successfully decide on the final picks for the summer apparel. Day two, we focused on shoes and jewelry. One thing I liked about the second day was that jewelry could be bought and taken home the same day whereas the apparel is purchased in bulk with a run of each size.

Alexa Ward

Title: Marketing Intern

Company: Bunnell Idea Group
Alexa Ward

I had a fantastic marketing experience interning for Bunnell Idea Group, a business consulting firm in Atlanta. As a marketing intern, I worked alongside peers to strategize social media and marketing efforts. I worked closely with Mo Bunnell, CEO and Founder, on social media ideation, content creation, assisting team projects, analyzing social media metrics, and copywriting and editing for the weekly newsletter. I assisted in the planning and executing of email campaigns, live webinars, social media, and marketing plans and sat in on talks with industry professionals and leaders of Fortune 500 companies. Some of our most reputable clients are Willis Towers Watson, Aetna, Sotheby's TransUnion, and Oliver Wyman.

My internship taught me so much about the marketing world. I created promotional flyers, email campaigns, and coordinated with clients on big projects. I learned programs like ConvertKit, Passle, Buffer, SalesForce, Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, SparkLoop, and RightMessage. My favorite part about my internship was going through Bunnell Idea Group's GrowBIG Training. This training offered personalized results on thinking methods based on the HBDI test. It taught me business psychology, lead generation methods, creating curiosity in the buying process, and dynamic meeting preparation. Also, I learned how to implement the entire GrowBIG system to develop sound business habits to ensure future career success. I had the opportunity to meet CEOs, New York Times Best-Selling authors, and other industry experts to build a networking base that will last a lifetime. I am so thankful for the opportunity to have interned at Bunnell Idea Group and cannot wait to see what my future in marketing and the fashion industry looks like!

Dalyn Gordon

Title: Sales Associate / Visual Merchandising Intern

Company: CATO
Dalyn Gordon

I was an intern at Cato in Starkville, MS. My activities included assisting customers on the sales floor, opening new freight, placing inventory on the sales floor, and helping with store upkeep. Assisting customers required me to help them in the fitting rooms, order products online, putting items on hold or layaway, and help with Cato credit card applications. The store need daily upkeep which required me to organize the clothing tables and racks, shoe boxes, shoe shelves, jewelry, and accessories.

The best part of my internship was being able to go by real planograms and shop layouts for the store each week and month. I loved working hands-on with the mannequins and getting to redress them in new garments and different styles. This was a great opportunity for me to showcase my visual merchandising skills.

Caroline Dziamniski

Title: Style Intern

Company: Charleston Magazine
Caroline Dziamniski

I had the opportunity to intern with Charleston Magazine in Charleston, South Carolina as a Style Intern. I worked under the Managing Editor and Editor in Chief. Throughout the internship my responsibilities consisted of helping with the Style File section of each issue which consists of the Scouting Report, Style File Q&A, and the Buzz.

The Scouting Report features products from local retailers that have an overlying theme. For that section, my role was to obtain the high-resolution images from retailers of their products that fit the theme for an issue. For example, this year's July issue we decided on "Block Print in Home Goods." I would scout the websites of retailers to look for specific products that we would like to include and would request images of products. If there was a specific product that we liked and wanted more photos of, we would occasionally set up a photoshoot with the retailer to get additional photos.

I was also tasked with scouting for new retailers coming to the area and events like pop-up shops happening soon for the Buzz section. In the Style File Q&A section, we would scout for fashion influencers, retail owners, designers, and artists in the area to conduct short interviews. I would attend zoom meetings with the Art and Editorial teams at the beginning of each month to review planning for each section in that month's issue. Some of the other sections in the magazine are Eat & Drink, About Town, Home & Garden, Weddings, and Travel & Outdoors. Overall, I really enjoyed my internship with Charleston Magazine and feel that I had a great experience. I believe that I have gained great relationships and connections with coworkers and have been able to grow my professional skills significantly. It is so rewarding to see your name in print for each issue that you were able to help create! I would recommend this internship to other students that are interested in editorial work and want to experience living in Charleston!

Kristen Kocher

Title: Creative Marketing Intern

Company: Color Wow
Kristen Kocher

I started as a creative marketing intern at Color Wow during the end of January 2020. As an intern my daily activities included editing e-blast and blog posts that would be uploaded to the webpage, I would assist in creating and assembling influencer pack-outs that would be shipped to different influencers, editors, and celebrities. Also, another one of my tasks was to help in reception; answering phones, sorting mail, and emails.

Some of my specific tasks were going to the warehouse and packing boxes to be shipped to influencers and customers. I was able to work on all the influencer pack-outs and assisting in the design and creative process. I was also able to watch, observer, and assist on some photo/video shoots with celebrity hairstylists like Chris Appleton.

Overall, I would say my internship at Color Wow was positive. I able to learn a lot that will help me in my professional career and overall industry knowledge. I was able to see a lot of aspects of the industry from product creation all the way to logistics and shipping. This internship allowed me to learn how important it is to network and build connections with coworkers.

Alayna Todd

Title: Global Supply Chain Marketing Intern

Company: Cotton Incorporated
Alayna Todd

I worked for Cotton Incorporated as the Global Supply Chain Marketing Intern. My internship was virtual due to COVID-19. I was given one primary project for my 10 weeks as an intern. The project was to perform extensive research into Cotton Inc.'s top 50 accounts and the key messaging which is being featured at retail. In conducting this research, I endeavored to gain insight into brands' core initiatives. Giving Cotton Inc. this insight, I helped them to tailor their brand presentations to the specific concerns of the account in a well-crafted, targeted manner.

To obtain this intel, I developed an efficient Excel spreadsheet to house the gathered research data, and I collected a general overview of each account to capture a brief snapshot of each brand's sustainability goals and initiatives. Next, I conducted active, detailed research for each brand and documented key aspects of each brand's sustainability efforts and public image. Finally, I compiled my gathered data into a concise, efficient spreadsheet and presented it to my supervisor. Throughout the summer, I met with my supervisor every two weeks to discuss what I had found and determine focus areas for the coming weeks. I loved working with Cotton Incorporated because I was able to immerse myself in the world of fibers and textiles, which is my passion. My time as a virtual intern had its advantages and disadvantages, but overall, I developed my professional skills and increased my knowledge of textiles and the fashion industry, all of which will benefit me for years to come.

Shelby Buitt

Title: Merchandising / Marketing Intern

Company: D Squared Clothing
Shelby Buitt

I had the opportunity to intern at DSquared Clothing in Jackson, MS. My roles during my internship included sales, inventory management, and visual merchandising. I enjoyed working in backstock by going through shipments and invoices and getting product ready to hit the floor. I also enjoyed having the time to get to learn the company's selling strategies, as well as getting to know the customers. I was able to have hands-on experience and expand my knowledge of the business with the help of my supervisor and coworkers. My internship has helped me grow my professional skills, networking skills, and effective communication skills. I love the team at DSquared in Jackson and will always be very thankful for them.

Destiny Cullum

Title: Sales Intern / Stylist

Company: David's Brial
Destiny Cullum

This summer I interned in Tupelo at David's Bridal. My tasks as a stylist included helping brides find their dream wedding dress and dresses for their bridesmaids. I also helped customers find dresses for special events ranging from prom, quinceañera, flower girl, and mother of the bride or groom. At the end of the day, I organized the bridal showroom and organized the dresses to make sure everything was ready for the next day.

My overall experience has been great. I loved being able to work with the brides. It was great to play a small part in a bride's special day. It was truly an experience I will never forget. I valued getting sales experience in the wedding industry and look forward to continuing my career after graduation.

Iman Lawson

Title: Alteration's Specialist

Company: David's Bridal
Iman Lawson

I worked at David's Bridal as an alteration specialist alongside the alteration's manager. Many of the brides getting alterations on their dress had never gone through the process of getting a garment altered. This led myself and the manager to walk the bride through the process and let her know what to expect. David's Bridal prides themselves on offering a high level of customer service which we ensured each bride received.

In this position, I altered dresses, jumpsuits, and other garments. I also set up appointments and steamed the dresses before returning them to the owner. Overall, my experience with David's Bridal was very enjoyable. I applied several things that I have learned in school on the job. One thing is applied and mastered on the job was a hidden stitch hem and top stitching.

Caroline Parker

Title: Buying Intern

Company: Dillard's Buying Office
Caroline Parker

This past summer, I interned at Dillard's buying office for 10 weeks in St. Petersburg, FL. I was a member of the women's buying team for the "everyday" category. This category had a total of 6 brands, which were Wildfox, NIA, Every, Splendid, and Cloth & Stone.

My weekly tasks included Monday group selling and visual reports, monthly doll sheets for each brand, creating order shells, and utilizing markdown spreadsheets for old merchandise. Also, we created look books and directives to give to all stores to ensure the product was visually pleasing to customers. Overall, this was an incredible experience and I would highly recommend this internship to anyone interested in buying.

Summer Hill

Title: Styling Intern

Company: Disrupshion Magazine
Summer Hill

This past summer I had the opportunity to intern for Disrupshion Magazine. I had the title of styling intern for the company. I worked closely with the Editor-in-Chief to create mood boards and style photoshoots for the magazine, Instagram, and the website. I was also responsible for creating the outfit of the day posts as content for the magazine's website. The internship was virtual, which was a learning experience for me. Overall, I really loved working for Disrupshion and learning all about working for a magazine.

Brianna Campbell

Title: Intern

Company: Dixie Gypsy
Brianna Campbell

I interned at a small boutique, Dixie Gypsy, in Philadelphia, MS. There are two locations, the other is in Kosciusko, MS. I held a variety of job titles while interning at Dixie Gypsy. I modeled as well as took the photos for various social media platforms. For social media, I would dress the mannequins and style flat-lays. My jobs throughout the day involved restocking inventory, tagging items, and pricing merchandise. I also assisted in straightening the shelves and organizing the clothing. My favorite part of interning was helping customers and ensuring they leave the store satisfied. During the holidays, I made gift bags and gift-wrapped customer's purchases. The boutique also had Facebook live sales where I would review the analytics and determine strengths and weaknesses. Overall, I greatly enjoyed my internship, my boss, and the other employees at Dixie Gypsy. I would recommend this internship to people who want to stay in Mississippi, but still learn a lot about managing a store. The owner, Brittany, taught me so much about owning a retail store and all the different tasks it takes to be successful. This was an inspiring and intellectual learning experience, and I am very grateful for the opportunity.

Meagan Nusz

Title: Consultant for Leadership and Development Programs

Company: Estee Lauder
Meagan Nusz

This summer, 2019, I had the most incredible experience working for the Estee Lauder Companies in Pennsylvania and London. I was brought on as a consultant to their prestigious leadership programs and worked closely with some of the companies very best! I assisted in the planning and execution of the entire event, hosted VIP guests, sat in on business talks from world renowned professors and caught a glimpse of what is to come for the Estee Lauder companies in the future.

My internship was nothing short of the whole package. I learned quickly the "Estee Way" and live vicariously through the motto of no detail is too small! I had the opportunity to manage a team of students to make sure every aspect of the program was perfect. I assisted with travel details and spent many hours on excel making sure the system was seamless. Arranging product was one of my favorite parts to learn! Again...no detail is too small. I also sat through business classes with Harvard professors and prepared myself for future career goals with Corporate Athlete. While we were working the program, we got to partake in the incredible experiences that will excel my skill sets. I shook hands and networked with some of the most elite people in the business and was able to build relationships that will last a lifetime.

Ja'Mon Peters

Title: Buying and Merchandising Intern

Company: Hibbett Sports Inc.
Ja

I had the amazing opportunity to intern at the corporate office of Hibbett Sports Inc. Hibbett Sports Inc. is one of the fastest-growing retailers specializing in athletic, athleisure, and high-end urban apparel and footwear, reaching 1000 stores in 2018; and being rewarded by Forbes for the "Best in Class omnichannel experience in 2020."

I participated in various vendors and brands pre-line, final line, and trade meetings where I had the chance to hand-select footwear and garments that will be marketed in 2022. Daily tasks included buying spring 2022 sandals like Teva, Chaco, and seasonal footwear like Ugg. Also included were running Business Intelligence reports that tracked daily sales, inventory reports, and various other information that was beneficial for the well-being of the company's strategic plans.

During the internship, I was tasked to complete a summer project with two other interns. The task included streamlining and refining the communication and information between the marketing and merchandising departments. With my background in marketing, I was assigned to streamline the communication gap between the two departments. This included making Microsoft Office SharePoint sites that would be beneficial for parties to work in tandem with one centralized location. Regarding the work, I interviewed many positions to gather their take on certain procedures that could be feasibly altered as well as providing suggestions that they could take back to their workday. Each week, we collectively met with our mentors formally to discuss the progress and possible routes that we could take in our project and assignments.

Overall, my experience with Hibbett Sports Inc. was nothing short of an amazing experience and thank them for allowing me the opportunity to intern and showcase the knowledge that I learned at Mississippi State University. I gained many connections which turned into friendships, and I have cherished every instance of interaction with those amazing individuals as I gained a considerable amount of knowledge that I'm sure I will use in my future professional endeavors.

Kristy Jones

Title: Design / Visual Marketing Intern

Company: House of Quédella
Kristy Jones

I interned at House of Quédella as a Design Intern in Westpoint, MS. House of Quédella specializes in high-fashion couture and ready-to-wear custom garments. I had a great experience and gained a lot of knowledge throughout my internship. While interning, I was able to observe firsthand the day-to-day of being an employee for a design company. I assisted in videography and scouting for the company's upcoming fashion shows. I was also responsible for organizing the collections.

In addition to learning new skills, I was able to put into practice skills learned in classes, such as setting up mannequins for video shoots. Overall, I gained insight on the inner workings of a company and how communication plays a key role in success.

Michelle Jean

Title: Design Intern

Company: Isoude
Michelle Jean

The summer of 2018, I moved to Boston for the summer to intern with the couture company Isoude. I'm glad I was able to move so far for this internship because it helped me really dive into the internship and dedicate my time to learning. During this internship I was able to help with the design side as well as the business and production side. On the design side. I helped with photo shoots for the upcoming line, compiling swatch books, and using Illustrator and InDesign to make flats of our garments. The photo shoot helped me learn how to quickly style and plan outfits and to work quickly but efficiently. Using Illustrator and InDesign, I was able to perfect the skills I was taught in school and put them to practice creating flats and swatch book pages. On the business and production side, I helped organize trunk shows, worked directly with our production houses, and ordered supplies. With the trunk show, I was able to help showcase our garments and work with clients. I worked with our production houses by ordering them supplies, being in contact with them about expectations and deadlines, and traveling back and forth to pick up the finished garments. Overall, the internship was very rewarding and educational, and I was able to work in areas that I never thought I would.

Ana Garcia

Title: Fashion Assistant

Company: Jaxsea
Ana Garcia

As a summer intern for Jaxsea, a resort wear company based in Maui, Hawaii, I assisted the creative director with design, e-commerce, and marketing tasks. My job was to assist with all things marketing, including the website and photoshoots. I also created shells for the garment. Overall, it was a great experience learning from a small company and seeing its success as the company grows.

Halle Foust

Title: Sales / Marketing Intern

Company: Jennifer Rush Showroom
Halle Foust

I had the incredible opportunity to intern with Jennifer Rush Showroom at the Dallas Market Center. As the Sales and Marketing Intern, I was given many hands-on opportunities to work one-on-one with buyers. My primary role as an intern was in social media marketing along with working in sales. My projects included running several of the showroom's social media accounts, creating appealing visual color stories to catch a buyer's attention, and showing lines to buyers during market week.

My overall goal for this internship was to update the Jennifer Rush social media pages to make them more relevant and interactive. I learned that people are more likely to engage with a social media account if they are interacted with first. I established Jennifer's new social media strategy and presented it to her team. This strategy will now be in place long after I am gone. I loved this internship because I was never treated as "just the intern." I was treated with equal respect and responsibilities of a full-time employee. Jennifer Rush gave me full creative freedom as far as a marketing strategy and social media. By the end of my internship, I was working by myself with buyers from big-name stores. This internship has taught me effective communication, professional networking skills, as well as sales and marketing skills that I will carry with me throughout my time in this industry.

Alexa England

Title: Bridal Consultant Intern

Company: Kleinfeld Bridal
Alexa England

The summer of 2019, I learned so much during my 3 months at Kleinfeld Bridal. I worked with 22 different consultants, selected over 2,500 gowns to style brides, assisted with over 200 appointments, and handled contracts and paperwork. My greatest challenge was when filming for Say Yes to the Dress America.

I met Annabelle Armstrong, Hayley Paige, Lazaro, Edgardo Bonilla, Pnina Tornai, workers of Essence of Australia, Sareh Nouri, Signore, and Tony Ward. I also worked in the sample studio and accessories learning what to look for when picking an accessory or veil for a bride.

Gracie Hester

Title: Ruby Manager

Company: LA Green Tupelo
Gracie Hester

During the summer of 2020, I had the opportunity to intern at LA Green in Tupelo, Mississippi. LA Green is a franchise with locations in Starkville, Atlanta, Nashville, and Tupelo. Although the Tupelo location is only two years old, it has flourished in the community and built an amazing clientele. I worked in sales, social media, and promotion. I was very thankful to be able to work in almost every aspect of the store. The owner, Searcy Crabtree, allowed me to work closely with her so that I could learn so much more than just a sales associate. My favorite part of my internship was creating posts for our social media accounts. I loved taking the photos and brainstorming new posts to generate sales and customers. For the Instagram account, I would create flat lays, photoshoots, and work with girls in the community to add more familiar faces. Another amazing part of my internship was getting the opportunity to work at our Nashville location for a week. I was able to treat the store like my own and held the responsibilities of store upkeep and sales quotas all week. It was so much fun being in a new place and meeting new people while doing the job I love!

Isabel Temple

Title: Intern

Company: La Vie Style House
Isabel Temple

I had an amazing opportunity to intern with La Vie Style House in Dallas, TX. La Vie Style House is a fashion-forward company that sells caftans, wrap dresses, tank dresses, shirts, and dusters. All of the garments are one-size-fits-all to ensure every women feels confident in her own skin. Through my learning experiences at La Vie, I was able to build connections, find confidence in myself, and gain knowledge of the high-end fashion industry. I had the opportunity to work in the store and the studio which both taught me so much. While working at the main storefront in Highland Park, I dealt with customer's needs, merchandising the store, meeting sales goals, and building connections with high-end clients. Whereas working at the studio, I assisted in picking out fabrics, attending photo shoots, organizing for upcoming launches, and creating spreadsheets. La Vie has taught me not only about my professional career, but also about being my best self which I will never forget and will carry with me for the rest of my career. Throughout my internship, I have gained so much knowledge and confidence to bring to my future career.

Emily Michael

Title: Intern

Company: Latitudes by Griffin & Egger
Emily Michael

In Summer 2020 I interned with Latitudes by Griffin & Egger in Jackson, MS. My primary role was in social media marketing and creative strategy and I worked in sales, inventory management, and had a large span of opportunities to shadow, with hands-on learning, which propelled me to grow professionally. My overall internship goal was to develop the strategy and function of social media for the business and the owner, Amy Griffin Schrock. Schrock provided me considerable freedom to develop goals for her summer merchandise and put into practice what I was learning through my coursework in Fashion Design & Merchandising and Marketing at Mississippi State University. I used branding techniques to create a consistent and distinctive online presence across all platforms. Through interactions with customers, I realized people are more likely to engage or purchase items when they can clearly see how an item meets their needs and wants. Illustrating examples and providing ideas for customers really seemed to spark interests and further involvement. That gave me the support to go beyond just presenting items and products on social media to showing customers how items can fit and be useful in their life/lifestyle. I created several mini collections and campaigns that generated more response and drew people in. Having this opportunity truly allowed me to grow in knowledge and confidence to put into practice what I am learning in my fashion merchandising major and marketing minor. I am beyond thankful for this opportunity and experience.

Maria Alvarez

Title: Stylist / Sales Associate Summer Intern

Company: LTD Fashions
Maria Alvarez

This summer I had the opportunity of working with LTD Fashions, a small local boutique, in Saraland, AL. LTD Fashions is a family-based boutique that offers clothing, shoes, and accessories for women. I was hired as a stylist and had the pleasure of working with my coworkers in helping consumers find the right garments. I oversaw the register, unpacking in the stock room, promoting new garments on social media, and modeling. I enjoyed this internship because not only did I get to enhance my communication and customer service skills, but I also got the chance to learn more about how to successfully run a small boutique.

Throughout my internship, I learned how LTD makes their buying decisions as well as creates relationships with their vendors. I also had the opportunity of assisting with their weekly live shows and modeling their garments. One of the best activities I had the chance to be a part of was the Christmas in July Boutique Bash. At the event, I was able to model the garments and interact more with our customers. Overall, the experience of working with LTD Fashions this summer has helped me gain new business skills and confidence in the fashion industry.

Emma Gore

Title: Intern

Company: Luste of Midday
Emma Gore

This past summer, I interned at a small business, Lustre of Midday, in Cummings GA. The internship was remote-based due to the online nature of the store. My daily activities consisted of rebranding, advertising, marketing, and customer service. I began my internship with getting to know the brand and the meaning behind the vision of the products. Following that, I began to rebrand the company on the website and clean up photos, copies, and errors. Once everything on the website was in order, I then created multiple shoppable social media accounts like Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and Etsy, to promote the company. I also had the opportunity to contact potential collaborators to help virtually stage our products for customers to envision what it would look like in their home.

During the last few weeks of my internship, the company decided to expand the marketing and advertising efforts to include emails. I was able to create emails to send to subscribers. This internship has been such a rewarding experience for me. I have been able to grow my knowledge in this industry and pinpoint how I would want to further my career in fashion merchandising.

Hannah Oliver

Title: Fashion Marketing Intern

Company: Mac Duggal
Hannah Oliver

As a Mac Duggal Fashion Marketing intern, I moved to Chicago for the summer to learn so much about internet marketing, couture evening wear, fashion shows, and website development. By the end of my internship, I wrote 7 blogs and enhanced 71 blogs on the "Mac Blog" while using Search Engine Optimization copywriting techniques and HTML coding. I processed order invoices for large department stores like Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus using N41 Enterprise Resource Planning software and Lingo software. I improved the website by adding "color dots," dress descriptions, and image alt tags to enhance user experience. I also assisted with the photoshoot and video shoots for the Spring Summer 2020 collection. My favorite part of the internship was assisting with the Mac Gala Annual Fashion Show for exclusive retailers that sell Mac Duggal gowns.

From steaming beautiful dresses to coding webpages, my time as a Mac Duggal intern was incredible. I grew in my faith, learned valuable personal and professional skills, met some wonderful people, and learned so much about myself. I loved every second of being fully immersed in the fashion industry, and I know the skills that I learned during my internship at Mac Duggal will help me throughout my future endeavors. Thank you, Mac Duggal!

Sydney Conrad

Title: European Region Product Analysis Intern

Company: Mary Kay
Sydney Conrad

During Summer 2020, I had the amazing opportunity to intern in Dallas, Texas with Mary Kay! As the European Region Product Analysis Intern, I researched trends, arranged data, and helped creatively put together a new fragrance launch for Russia, Kazakhstan, and Belarus. My projects included creating price maps, competitive researching, and consumer insight researching. Even though my internship was remote, I met with dozens of executives and managers in the Creative, Brand Development, Marketing, and Procurement departments which allowed me to gain further insight into the cross functionality of a business. I also attended multiple creative meetings and marketing workshops to help better produce and forecast the upcoming launch. By the end of my internship, I created an overall presentation about what I learned this summer as well as external research for how Mary Kay could grow in the fragrance department through expanding ancillaries and continuing to provide immersive fragrance experiences. I presented the overall project and findings to the Vice President of Marketing and to the Mary Kay Russian team. This internship has taught me effective communication, professional networking skills, and forecasting skills that I will take with me through the rest of my professional career.

Tamari Popiashvili

Title: PR Intern

Company: Matériel Tbilisi
Tamari Popiashvili

I had an opportunity to intern with Matériel Tbilisi, a designer fashion brand based in Tbilisi, Georgia. I worked as a public relations and marketing intern. Every day I checked the PR emails and communicated with many influential companies and people. I sent out orders for BLACKPINK, Måneskin, Zara Larsson, and more.

I helped with discount sections and updated the database in Excel. A few weeks into my internship I assisted designers with upcoming collections. I modeled sample pieces for them to assess and alter before being mass produced. I assisted with the season's professional photoshoot, which was an opportunity to expand my network.

My internship at Matériel made me realize high-end fashion is where I want to continue my career after graduation. After communicating with people who work in the fashion industry, I was able to develop my skills and find what interests me the most in this field. I am very grateful for this opportunity and the experience.

Kaitlyn Bell

Title: Assistant Manager

Company: Maurices
Kaitlyn Bell

My summer 2021 internship was with Maurices, a women's clothing store, at their Dyersburg, TN store location. My role for the summer was to be the assistant store manager. During my internship, I was able to step into a management role and see how to efficiently run a retail store. I got to oversee both the sales floor and the behind-the-scenes type work. The back of house mostly consisted of fulfilling orders, planning fashion and styling events, and running social media accounts. I was also able to job-shadow and interview the store leader and see what her day-to-day looked like. I helped train associates on selling techniques and behaviors. This training helped our store become the highest grossing sales store for the entire month of June.

On a day-to-day basis, I would keep track of reports and goals for the store, complete markups, markdowns, and sign sale changes. I would style walls, tables, and mannequins and move product in order to maximize sales and profit. My favorite part of my internship was being able to help so many different people from many different walks of life find exactly what they were looking for whether that be a completely new wardrobe or the perfect outfit for big moments in their lives. I loved being able to be a small part of their big days and help them feel as beautiful and confident as possible in those moments. It was a wonderful opportunity, and I am so thankful for all the things that I learned, the experiences I had, and the friendships that I will take with me!

Maggie Farmer

Title: Intern

Company: NARDOS Design
Maggie Farmer

I had an amazing opportunity to intern with NARDOS Design in Dallas, TX, during Summer 2020. Over the summer, I have learned and gained more knowledge than I could ever had imagined. NARDOS Design is a company that sells bridal, couture gowns, ready to wear and made to order custom couture. Through my experiences this summer at NARDOS Design, I was able to take what I was learning in the classroom and apply it to real life. I had the opportunity to work in their store front and also in production. I witnessed the entire custom couture process with the designer and owner Nardos Imam. The custom couture process starts with the design, then the ideas are taken across the street to their atelier where a muslin is created. The muslin is then fitted and used as a pattern for the fabric of choice to create the garment. Seeing every single step from the first initial design to the final end garment is an amazing experience I will never forget and will carry with me the rest of my career.

Katie Holingsworth

Title: Sales Associate

Company: Private Collection
Katie Holingsworth

I had the opportunity to intern with Private Collection in Madison, MS. I worked as a sales associate each day and helped the manager with scheduling and delegating tasks to employees. I had the opportunity to learn how a successful business should run and operate. I was challenged to work with unsatisfied customers, handling returns, and exchanges. My overall experience of working at Private Collection was amazing. I am so grateful that I had the opportunity to learn and expand my knowledge of becoming a successful entrepreneur.

Nicole Grendi

Title: Intern

Company: RaceTrac
Nicole Grendi

I've had the privilege of Interning at RaceTrac headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia as the Alcohol Category Intern! I was able to participate in a very structured internship program with 13 other interns in various departments. Each week we attended a panel of speakers within the company to give interns a better understanding of departments. Every Friday was "Fun Friday" where all the interns did fun team-building activities such as bowling, the Escape room, a Brave's game, Volunteer events, and so much more.

As the Alcohol intern, I was tasked with many projects through out those 10 weeks. I had a few tasks that I completed on a weekly basis including sending out cost exceptions to control overbilling, construction reports, discontinued wine, and constellation brand opening. Some of the main projects that I worked on throughout the summer was investigating a better credit process system, ordering new ice barrels, sending out surveys to stores, and sending out survey to wholesalers. I also oversaw sending out vendor forms, pricing surveys, and setting up retails and margin totals for the products. I also spent a portion of my time working on my intern group project with four other interns. We were tasked to further investigate on the efficiency of travel centers as we expand within this store type.

Abigail Nichols

Title: Intern

Company: Red Land Cotton
Abigail Nichols

During my time at Red Land Cotton, I worked at the cut and sew factory located in Tylertown, MS. My primary focus was to increase productivity and quantify the potential within the plant. I had daily phone calls with my supervisor to discuss the plans for the day and findings from the previous day. I conducted time studies to associate a SAM (Standard Allowed Minute) to each operation to understand better how many items each operation could produce. With this information, we were able to increase productivity on an individual level. I created Excel spreadsheets to track this data and compute SAM. Through the system, we have increased overall plant productivity, track operator consistency, and see monthly output. I also used Excel in tracking inventory, yardage cut daily, and yardage remaining in the plant to project date of no fabric. Another task I was challenged with was to maximize the full length of the cutting table. Through much calculation, I was able to identify how many of each sheet size could fit on the table to create the most efficient spread. These findings alone increased production by 15%.

I had the privilege of traveling to Moulton, AL, where the cotton is grown and ginned, as well as where Red Land Cotton's storefront is located. During my time in Moulton, I was able to visit another cut and sew location where they hand tear each individual sheet and pillow. I also created a PowerPoint on Tylertown's potential in the growth of Red Land Cotton. When I first started at Red Land Cotton, they were packaging and shipping on average 200 sheet sets per week. Now, Tylertown packs and ships more than 600 sheet sets, with hopes of being able to ship up to 900 sets a week. It has been an amazing experience to watch this plant grow into its fullest potential. My overall experience with Red Land Cotton was rich in knowledge and eye-opening. I learned about the supply chain and what it truly takes to run a successful business. The one thing that set this internship apart for me was the opportunity to work so closely with the Company Owners and my daily supervisors.

Mollie Malouf

Title: Summer Intern

Company: Reed's Department Store
Mollie Malouf

I had the wonderful opportunity to intern at Reed's Department Store in Starkville, MS. Reed's was founded in 1905 in Tupelo, MS, and it has since grown into three successful stores with two sister stores. I participated in many of the day-to-day activities within the store, such as social media, marketing, buying, customer service, visual merchandising, and inventory. I enjoyed working in many of the departments however, my focus was visual merchandising, displays, and growing Reed's social media presence.

Throughout my internship, I had the opportunity to design and revamp Reed's window display for the summer, which is shown in the photo above. I also managed their Instagram page and I was responsible for taking photos for Reed's weekly advertisements in Starkville's local newspaper. I worked closely with their manager and MSU graduate, Bo Summerford. He entrusted me with several projects and allowed me to utilize my creativity in each project. My internship at Reed's exceeded my expectations, and I am beyond grateful for this amazing experience.

Olivia Moore

Title: Collegiate Merchandising Intern

Company: Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort
Olivia Moore

I had the pleasure of working for Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, in Miramar Beach, FL. I worked in three different stores, Island Clothiers, Coconut Kidz, and Sandestin Clothing Company, at The Village of Baytowne Wharf. During this internship, I worked mostly on the sales side, but I also partnered with the marketing department.

I assisted with visual merchandising and store standards, completing daily tasks and processing shipments. My time on the sales floor gave me the chance to enhance my networking skills and meet several homeowners and tourist from all over. I had the chance to be a part of several walkthroughs with the Vice President of Development, assist the buyer, and work in the warehouse with the Warehouse Coordinator. I loved working for the marketing department. I was able to assist them with styling different themed photoshoots for each of our three stores.

I am so honored that I got to be a part of the Sandestin team. This summer has taught me so much and has helped me decide exactly what career path I want to pursue after graduation. I truly recommend this place to anyone looking for an internship.

Sloan McClatchy

Title: Summer Retail Sales Intern

Company: Sandestin Investments
Sloan McClatchy

I had the opportunity to work with Sandestin in Miramar Beach, FL as a part of their retail sales team! I gained incredible experience and knowledge about the retail industry working here this summer. I got to rotate around three different stores on the resort. These stores included a men's and women's apparel store, a children's store, and a Sandestin company store. I got to work a lot with visual merchandising, buying, social media, customer experience, and sales. The people I got to work with were amazing and were always there to help and answer any questions.

On a typical day, I would either open or close the store. I got to interact with every customer which was awesome because people came from all over the country to vacation here. I also performed many other daily tasks like remerchandising parts of the store, processing new shipments, and doing many points of sale transactions. I have had the best experience working with Sandestin's retail this summer. I have learned a lot and met many amazing people that I will cherish for a lifetime.

Abby Caughman

Title: Summer intern

Company: Seaside Associated Stores
Abby Caughman

I had the most incredible summer of 2020 working as an intern for the Seaside Company in Florida. I obtained experience in so many different aspects of the retail industry. I gained knowledge in marketing, retail, buying, visual merchandising, e-commerce, and warehousing. From day one, all my supervisors and fellow employees were so kind and welcoming. They were always ready to help me learn and give advice. When working in the stores, I was mainly walking the floor or working the t-shirt bars. I helped with inventory daily and restocking the shelves. I really enjoyed working in the warehouse and getting an idea of what goes on behind the scenes. I was able to work in the warehouse fulfilling online sales orders, receiving new items, and working with buyers. Overall, my experience with the Seaside Company was one I will never forget. I am so grateful for the opportunity to live on the beach and learn more about the retail industry. I met many amazing people and made memories I will keep forever!

Destiny Ryhan

Title: Merchandising Intern

Company: Shelby Jewel
Destiny Ryhan

I interned at a small boutique, Shelby Jewel in Memphis, TN. Shelby Jewel started as an online exclusive retailer before opening a pop-up location in Germantown. After the initial pop-up, Shelby Jewel opened a permanent location in Memphis, TN.

As a merchandising intern, I oversaw the store's inventory, which consisted of correctly pairing the invoices with the sales orders. I was responsible for quality assurance of the new arrivals to ensure there were no rips or stains. I also assisted the photoshoot coordinator by contacting models, scouting locations, styling, and keeping track of all the inventory during photoshoots.

I was given the opportunity to attend Market Week in Atlanta during my internship. This opened a whole new world of fashion merchandising for me because I was able to observe vendor communications. My boss entrusted me with the decision of selecting a few new pieces for the fall assortment. Overall, the internship was very insightful and allowed me to learn and develop new skills.

Laura "Liza" Nettles

Title: Online Store Manager

Company: Sissy's Contemporary Clothing
Laura "Liza" Nettles

During the summer of 2020, I was able to intern with Sissy's Contemporary Clothing in McComb, Mississippi. The company has been successful for twenty years and counting. I worked in several departments including buying, merchandising, and inventory. I loved working with every department! I worked closely with the owner, Sissy Whittington, about how we could put her knowledge about fashion and great business skills, with my skills learned from MSU to create a website and a social media presence.

The social media accounts grew quickly with over one thousand followers in just the first month. The website became very beneficial during the Covid-19 shutdown. After four weeks into my internship, I was offered a full-time position as online store manager. Some of my tasks include processing/packaging online orders, upload products to the website, create social media posts, and responsibility for the store's website.

I am so thankful for the opportunity to be an intern at Sissy's Contemporary Clothing. The experience was absolutely incredible. I was able to put my skills learned at MSU to use, meet wonderful people, and learn knowledge that I will always cherish from a fabulous, well established business owner.

Ashlynn Breland

Title: Merchandising/Management Intern

Company: Southern Sass
Ashlynn Breland

My summer 2020 internship with Southern Sass, a women's clothing boutique in my hometown of Ellisville, MS, is an experience for which I am forever grateful! I worked closely with the owner and a fellow employee to establish ecommerce opportunities for the boutique, considering the coronavirus pandemic restricted storefront operations. My daily tasks included merchandising the sales floor, styling photoshoots to post on social media and the website, managing email and text message campaigns, and creating graphics for announcements of sales and new arrivals. I also regularly participated in making buying decisions, creating purchase orders and receipts, and inventory management. My overall internship experience was wonderful despite the pandemic, thanks to my incredible co-worker and generous boss. I was truly blessed to intern so close to home during such an unknown and challenging time. I am so thankful for the opportunity to intern with Southern Sass, and I will utilize all I have learned in both in my personal life and future professional endeavors.

Minerva Alonso

Title: Fashion Design Intern

Company: Suzanne Perron St. Paul
Minerva Alonso

I had the opportunity to intern with Suzanne Perron St. Paul, a New Orleans based Couture designer, during Summer 2020. Suzanne Perron designs custom gowns for brides, debutantes, and Mardi Gras Queens. Each gown is designed and constructed individually for each client. Throughout the internship, I learned many couture techniques as well as the process behind making bridal gowns. The gowns are built from the inside out beginning with a boned foundation and crinoline. My daily activities consisted mainly of making different types of crinoline for the gown foundation, sewing muslins, and tracing and adjusting pattern pieces. I also had the opportunity to work with various luxury fabrics which extended my knowledge of textiles. From sewing crinolines to cutting luxury satin fabrics my time as an intern was amazing. I am so thankful for everything Suzanne taught me and cannot wait to apply that knowledge in my future projects.

Alden Chapple

Title: Executive Team Leader Intern

Company: Target
Alden Chapple

I had the opportunity to be an Executive Team Leader Intern at Target in Memphis, TN, during Summer 2020. This internship entails shadowing the different Executive Team Leaders of each department of Target and learning how to be a successful leader in a Target store. The four departments are General Merchandise, Specialty Sales, Service and Engagement, and Human Resources. Each department has Executive Team Leaders that run or "own" that department. This variety in leadership allowed me to observe workload, management styles, scheduling, instruction, store opening and closing procedures, zone and set merchandise, and customer engagement to ensure a positive shopping experience. As part of this shadowing, I had the opportunity to lead a closing shift, interview, scheduling and balancing workloads, lead the sales floor as the Lead ETL for the day, engage with team members, update in store marketing for new Visual Merchandising Guides from corporate, and really reflect on my own leadership skills from a Target perspective. I have grown and learned so much about myself from a professional and leadership perspective and am so thankful for my time here at T2474. I truly am going to miss this team so much and I am so thankful to have had this opportunity.

Morgan Cook

Title: Executive Team Lead Intern

Company: Target
Morgan Cook

I had the opportunity to work as an Executive Team Lead (ETL) Intern at Target in Memphis, TN. This internship allowed me to shadow the four Executive Team Leads and Store Director at store T1030. I was able to gain hands-on experience on how to lead and manage a team of employees while driving sales and engaging with guests. As I was with the ETL's and Store Director, I was able to learn how each of them lead their team and worked together for the business as a unit. I had the opportunity to assist in leading opening and closing shifts, leading the front of the store, advertisement/sales walk, ensuring that all visual merchandising guides were set correctly, scheduling, and lead truck receiving. I learned that it is important for every team in the store to work together with the same goal to ensure the guests are happy.

Overall, my internship experience has been more than I could have hoped for. I was able to learn what my leadership style is and how Target operates at a fast level in every aspect. Being in the store allowed me to put what I have been taught at Mississippi State into action and see the real time results. I am so thankful for this opportunity and all that I have learned at Target.

Clare Beckham

Title: Stores Executive Intern

Company: Target Corporation
Clare Beckham

For ten weeks this summer, I worked as a Stores Executive Intern at Target, gaining real-life experience leading in a retail management position under the guidance of five successful store executives. Even though my area of focus was style, beauty, and specialty sales, I shadowed my executives in realistic managerial scenarios from interview processes, to terminations, to efficiency setbacks, and so much more.

One goal of the internship was help me grow as a leader, and I believe that the internship was helped me accomplish that. I spent a sizable part of my ten weeks leading and working to motivate my team, all while gaining an intimate understanding of how the retail industry operates, from stock, to sale, to salary, and of course, keeping the customer happy.

Taylor Anne Trusty

Title: Assistant Stylist

Company: The Bridal Path
Taylor Anne Trusty

I spent the summer of 2020 interning as an assistant stylist at The Bridal Path in Jackson, Mississippi. As the first ever intern for The Bridal Path I spent the summer learning the retail bridal market from all aspects. I spent my workdays assisting with appointments, unpacking, and preparing new inventory for the sales floor, and helping to remodel the sales floor with new furniture and displays. When not working on the sales floor, I updated The Bridal Path Pinterest Board, and designed and posted various bridesmaids mood boards for the company's Instagram page. I updated their Bridal Live database so the stylists will have updated information pertaining to the designers that the store carries. I also established an information sheet with various contacts and information so that the stylists can quickly answer questions over the phone. During the month of July, I assisted in the planning and implementation of the annual professional photo shoot. My internship with The Bridal Path helped me realize that working in the bridal industry is where I want to begin my career after my graduation from Mississippi State University. The Jarvis family made me feel like a part of The Bridal Path family from day one and for that, I am very thankful.

Greysenne Lentz

Title: Management Intern

Company: The Buckle
Greysenne Lentz

My role at the buckle internship was to grow the women's apparel department since the store has very heavy male traffic. I was tasked with the job of finding ways to increase sales in women's shirts. As sales increased, the store received more product for the women's department, which allowed our customer base to grow.

I participated in visuals, styling customers, management decisions, department tracking, opening/closing duties, weekly meetings, brand education, and product seminars.

My overall experience has far surpassed what I expected. Buckle has taught me so many things in this short amount of time. I would recommend this internship to anyone who is looking for an internship that is going to push you. Everyday at work I got to do something new and exciting. I am always happy to go in and see what the day holds for me. It is a fast-paced and passion-driven environment that can teach you many things about yourself.

Karli Reed

Title: Digital Marketing Intern

Company: The Front Door Design Studio
Karli Reed

This semester, I had an internship that was very much outside of my comfort zone, but it became an experience I wouldn't trade for anything. I'm a fashion, design and merchandising major, but I spent the semester working as a digital marketing intern for The Front Door Design Studio, a small architecture firm in Baton Rouge. Since I was working remotely, my main task was to manage their social media accounts, build a client portal for their website, and take notes during client meetings. It was all incredibly informative, but the website and meetings especially allowed me to develop a whole new skill set while observing meaningful client relationships firsthand. The Front Door Design Studio is also a small company, which meant that not only was I was able to build relationships with the clients but also with the employees, all of whom had something valuable to teach me. There was a bit of a learning curve overall, but it was really incredible to see people in action who channel their creativity in a different way than I do.

Brynnan Breland

Title: Summer Intern

Company: The Idea Shop
Brynnan Breland

In summer 2021, I interned at The Idea Shop at MSU in Starkville, MS. My primary role was running and managing the retail floor. This required that I, not only helped run the business, but also coordinate window display and arranging/rearranging the sales floor. My favorite part of my internship was helping customers find what they need. Also, I enjoyed designing with the 3D printers in the store. I loved being able to stay in Starkville for my internship. This gave me the opportunity to show my family and friends the work I was doing. I was able to treat the store as my own on many occasions, which taught me a lot of different skills, including building my confidence as a salesperson. I loved this internship and the people I worked with and met during the last couple months. I hope to continue to work with them in the future!

Alyssa Klein

Title: Wholesale Intern

Company: The Klein Group
Alyssa Klein

This summer I had the opportunity to intern as a sales representative for The Klein Group. The Klein Group is full-service children's' wear wholesale company in Dallas, Texas. Over the course of my internship, I was able to gain knowledge in sales, social media marketing, the wholesale industry, B2B systems, and manufacturing.

The wholesale industry is constantly changing, so my day-to-day tasks were always evolving. A few daily tasks included: finding new stores to come to Dallas markets, creating graphics for email blasts, creating social media content (mostly Tik Toks), finding new ways to expand and grow our business, and tending to our customers daily to make sure their needs are met. One of my favorite projects was working with one of our manufacturers to help design the spring 2022 line. We compiled various body styles, colors, and fabrics that are trending for the upcoming spring season. This was one of my favorite projects because I got to build a relationship with one of our manufacturers, and I got to show off my creative side!

Overall, I loved my internship with The Klein Group, and I am so thankful for the amazing people I've gotten to work with, and the experience I've gained!

Ashley Highfill

Title: Marketing Intern

Company: The Rogue
Ashley Highfill

During my time at The Rogue, I was in charge of various tasks. Some included taking photos for social media, working with customers, dressing mannequins, and arranging merchandise in the store. When taking photos for social media I would mostly take flat-lay photos however, I did take individual pictures of each item to post on an Instagram or Facebook story. Once posted, I managed the social media accounts and had to answer any questions customers would have about items. The manager also entrusted me to dress the mannequins for window displays and the other ones around the store. As we got new arrivals, I arranged certain merchandise around the store to freshen things up. I really enjoyed my time at The Rogue, it taught me much more than I thought I could learn in such a short period of time. I definitely would recommend this internship to other students, especially if they are interested in owning their own store.

Taylor Anne Trusty

Title: Magic Kingdom Park Greeter

Company: The Walt Disney Company
Taylor Anne Trusty

This spring, 2019, I spent six months at Disney's Magic Kingdom Park in Orlando, Florida. I was lucky enough to be chosen as one of just five percent accepted to participate in the Disney College Program, and it was absolutely indescribable.

I worked primarily as a Park Greeter, which meant it was my responsibility to put the best possible first impression forward for the thousands of visitors we saw each day. The role entailed greeting and assisting guests upon arrival and departure, including scanning tickets at welcome points, maintaining information centers and kiosks, and helping direct anyone needing assistance. Occasionally, I also worked Parade Audience Control, which, aside from having a front-row view of the parades at the Magic Kingdom, meant helping to ensure the safety of the guests and performers. This job included setting up and taking down barriers, prior to and after the daily parade in the Magic Kingdom. The responsibilities also included making sure that guests were sitting or standing in the appropriate locations and helping manage crowd control prior to and after the parade.

The Disney College Program experience helped me to gain confidence in myself, customer relationship skills, and learn how a Fortune 500 company runs. Without the Disney College Program, I would never have had the opportunity to live 700 miles from home or to find lifelong friendships like the ones I made there. The experience of the Disney College Program is like no other, and I will be forever grateful for the opportunity I received.

CeCe Turner

Title: Design Intern

Company: Tiannia Barnes
CeCe Turner

I had the opportunity to intern with Tiannia Barnes, a shoe designer based in New York. Due to Covid-19, my internship had a virtual environment. This was an amazing experience where I was able to learn and assist in the design process for footwear, research trend, create content for social media, and interact with influencers.

The day-to-day of interning virtually consisted of me meeting via Zoom to discuss the projects I oversaw completing. Also, we discussed the previous week's projects. I was given the opportunity to create and present a design during a collaborative design meeting. This was a great opportunity to demonstrate my skills and practice presenting my designs.

Sarah Pack

Title: Sales and Marketing Intern

Company: Uncommon Fashion
Sarah Pack

In Summer 2020 I interned with Latitudes by Griffin & Egger in Jackson, MS. My primary role was in social media marketing and creative strategy and I worked in sales, inventory management, and had a large span of opportunities to shadow, with hands-on learning, which propelled me to grow professionally. My overall internship goal was to develop the strategy and function of social media for the business and the owner, Amy Griffin Schrock. Schrock provided me considerable freedom to develop goals for her summer merchandise and put into practice what I was learning through my coursework in Fashion Design & Merchandising and Marketing at Mississippi State University. I used branding techniques to create a consistent and distinctive online presence across all platforms. Through interactions with customers, I realized people are more likely to engage or purchase items when they can clearly see how an item meets their needs and wants. Illustrating examples and providing ideas for customers really seemed to spark interests and further involvement. That gave me the support to go beyond just presenting items and products on social media to showing customers how items can fit and be useful in their life/lifestyle. I created several mini collections and campaigns that generated more response and drew people in. Having this opportunity truly allowed me to grow in knowledge and confidence to put into practice what I am learning in my fashion merchandising major and marketing minor. I am beyond thankful for this opportunity and experience.

Chloe Ingram

Title: Sales and Marketing Intern

Company: UnCommon Fashion Sales Agency
Chloe Ingram

I had the opportunity to be a sales and marketing intern at UnCommon Fashion in Atlanta, GA. UnCommon Fashion is a women's contemporary fashion showroom headquartered in Atlanta, GA with another showroom in Dallas, TX. The showroom carries seventeen brands in the Southeast territory and fifteen in the Southwest territory.

During this internship, I was tasked with several responsibilities including sales, marketing, trend research, cold calls, prospecting, and merchandising. One of my favorite opportunities during my internship was traveling to Dallas, TX for June Market exceeding my sales goal by $15,000.

By the end of the internship, I was given the opportunity to continue my time with UnCommon Fashion as a Junior Account Manager working specifically on trend and market research. I have grown and learned so much about the fashion industry, as well as myself in a professional perspective. This internship taught me the value of good team communication, leadership, networking skills, and effective sales strategies.

Tamara Racine Beauchamp

Title: Marketing Intern

Company: V3Stent
Tamara Racine Beauchamp

This past summer I interned at V3Stent in Montreal, Canada. The company offers the latest Artificial Intelligence technologies. Stent targets the right people at the right moment with the right message. Stent is more than a social selling platform, it's where data-driven intelligence meets human business intuition. I had various tasks including marketing, developing strategies, participating in meetings, collaborating with operators to find new strategies to target customers, and working on web pages for the products. I really enjoyed working as a group and finding ways to target and influence future customers. I worked closely with my supervisor, Sarah Miloges, about how we could combine her knowledge about marketing and business with my skills learned from MSU to improve the website and have a stronger influence.The website developed quickly and became very beneficial over the course of my internship. Four weeks into my internship, I was already more confident and felt included in the company. It really helped me understand what marketing jobs would look like and what a working atmosphere looks like. I am so thankful for the opportunity to be an intern at V3Stent. The experience was incredible. I was able to put my skills learned at MSU to use, meet wonderful people, and gain knowledge while working for such an amazing company.

Gabrielle Martinez

Title: Technical Design Intern

Company: Vineyard Vines
Gabrielle Martinez

Last summer, I was privileged enough to go to Connecticut and work as a technical design intern for Vineyard Vines. Everyone in the company was so warm and welcoming, and as a member of the technical design team, I was able to work closely with both the design and the production departments to bring original fashion designs to life. Without a doubt, the best part of the internship was being able to actually do the work. I was given two projects through the course of the summer, one where I would work with the other interns to present new ideas to the entirety of Vineyard Vines, and the other where I was able to craft my own design for review and experience the entire product lifecycle. The technical design team really encouraged me to take on more responsibility and to take ownership in my work, which is an invaluable opportunity for a young professional in the industry. It gave me the confidence and assurance that I could do it, and when my original design was accepted for an upcoming line, I saw that I was right!