Apparel Design Required Internships

Apparel design students participating in a professional photo shoot

The purpose of the required internship is to provide you with an opportunity to work in a professional environment under the guidance of design professionals. It is an important transition step between your education and your professional career.

Apparel Design Internship FAQs

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When should I do my internship?

We recommend you seek as many internship experiences as you are able during your degree in order to have the broadest range of experiences while your interests and skills are developing. However, many companies expect specific levels of expertise from interns. The most commonly requested time to do your for-credit internship is during your junior (third) year or the following summer, when you are likely to have completed ADes 3227 Technical Design Studio and ADes 3224W: Apparel Design Studio IV. Completion of three to four apparel design studio courses, along with their respective prerequisites, should prepare you to do well in the workplace and give you the necessary background to learn as much as possible while doing your internship.

Who will be my faculty internship supervisor?

Your departmental faculty advisor will serve as your internship faculty supervisor. Refer to your APAS if you do not know who your faculty advisor is. Note: The terms faculty advisor and faculty supervisor are used interchangeably.

When do I complete the paperwork for the internship?

The paperwork portion of setting up your internship occurs after you have met with your faculty supervisor and your internship site supervisor to work out the arrangements of the internship.

Fall term and spring term internships:
You must meet with your faculty advisor no later than the second week of the semester in order to obtain their approval on your internship experience agreement.

Summer internships:

  • You must contact your faculty advisor no later than May 1 for approval of your proposal.
  • Faculty advisors are not on staff during the summer. DHA Department Head Hye-Young Kim can approve proposals submitted over the summer.
  • You must submit the documentation from your summer internship by the last day of summer term.
  • For exceptions to this timeline, contact your faculty advisor.

How do I get credit for the internship?

  • Complete the Internship Experience Agreement via your GoldPASS account
  • Enroll in ADes 4196, being sure to select the section assigned to your faculty advisor
  • While you may select to complete 1–4 credits for your required internship, the apparel design program strongly recommends a 3-credit internship in order to give you the most experience in the work environment
  • You must complete approximately 100 hours of internship work for each credit hour
  • The Internship Experience Agreement must be completed, including faculty advisor and site supervisor signatures, before you begin your internship hours
  • The internship grade base is S/N, which means that you must earn the equivalent of a C- or better in order to receive credit for the course
  • A grade of “I” (Incomplete) will be assigned until you have turned in all the required materials to your faculty advisor

How do I find an internship site?

It is your responsibility to find an internship. Your first step should be to meet with a career counselor in Career and Internship Services (198 McNeal Hall or 411 Bruininks Hall). Internship postings are listed in GoldPASS, although students frequently find an internship by contacting a work site directly to inquire about internship possibilities.

Do I need to create learning goals for my internship?

Yes. Together with your faculty advisor and your internship site supervisor, you will create your learning goals as part of the Internship Experience Agreement. 

What tasks are expected of me during my internship?

Internship tasks will differ from site to site. You should look for an internship where your tasks will help you meet your learning objectives.

Do I need to submit any documents during or after my internship?

Yes. Discuss with your faculty advisor the type of documentation you will use for your internship. Documentation typically includes several different forms, such as:

  • a weekly journal.
  • a brief history and overview of the company where you completed your internship.
  • examples of design projects you worked on (actual items or photographs).
  • a written report that reflects your work experiences and goals.
  • a self-evaluation of your accomplishments that meet your goals.
  • a letter of evaluation from your site supervisor.