About Fashion Design

There is no better way to get your proverbial foot in the door of the fashion industry than through a hands-on international internship with a fashion designer. These practical roles incorporate design and manufacturing of garments, quality control of merchandise, and other various tasks including: Sketching, Sewing, Draping,Tagging, Pattern making, Cutting, Color/Fabric Boards. Peruse the industry list to see a wide sample of the internships we offer.

Location Placements



Florence

True Couture Design

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This intimate environment offers an internship for students that have experience in sewing, draping and design. Interns work in a workshop in the center of Florence where they are able to learn directly from designers on dress projects of high quality and high elegance.

Ideal Candidate: The intern should have skills in sewing, draping, design, and pattern cutting.

  • 5/25/2014
  • 9.0 weeks
  • 8/31/2014
  • 12.0 weeks
  • 1/4/2015
  • 12.0 weeks

Italian Handbag Designer

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Length

Italian hand bags are known worldwide for their combination of artistry and craftsmanship, and this designer's bags are creative products of top quality. Interns here will assist the designer in all aspects of design and production using materials from vintage fabrics to leather.

Ideal Candidate: The ideal candidate should have at least 3 years of fashion coursework, a strong fashion background with interest in accessories, and previous experience working with leather is preferred.

  • 5/25/2014
  • 9.0 weeks
  • 8/31/2014
  • 12.0 weeks
  • 1/4/2015
  • 12.0 weeks

Bridal Fashion Design

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For sixty years this design company has been creating elegant and modern wedding gowns, always one step ahead of the fashion of the moment. Their single-brand boutique and their showroom are both situated in Via Maggio, in the heart of the old city center of Florence. Their creations can also be found in many of the most select and exclusive boutiques in Italy and in the most important markets abroad. Interns lucky enough to be accepted to this exclusive placement will assist in the tailoring of custom made bridal wear, and gain skills working with the experienced design team.

Ideal Candidate: The ideal candidate will have the following technical skills: sewing, designing, and draping with delicate fabrics.

  • 5/25/2014
  • 9.0 weeks
  • 8/31/2014
  • 12.0 weeks
  • 1/4/2015
  • 12.0 weeks

Vibrant, "outside the box" Design

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This Italian designer uses vibrant colors and wild designs to earn him multiple awards including Designer of the Year in 2004. This design placement is one for an intern who breaks the mold. The selected intern will work with the design team on current projects and will improve their skills and learn new techniques

Ideal Candidate: The ideal candidate will be a graduate or higher level student skilled in design, sewing, cutting and draping.

  • 5/25/2014
  • 9.0 weeks
  • 8/31/2014
  • 12.0 weeks
  • 1/4/2015
  • 12.0 weeks

Fashion Design Mentorship

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This renowned fashion designer was born in Milan, but now creates beautifully cut pieces in Florence. The intern(s) in this company will work directly with lead designers in the creation and completion of ready-to-wear dresses to classic wedding gowns. Previous interns in this internship have been given one-on-one attention from designers and have had their pieces featured.

Ideal Candidate: The ideal candidate will have competencies in draping, sewing, cutting, and designing.

  • 5/25/2014
  • 9.0 weeks
  • 8/31/2014
  • 12.0 weeks
  • 1/4/2015
  • 12.0 weeks

Design in the Historic Leather Goods Industry

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A visionary jacket designer founded this company in 1997. The jackets and clothing made here are all produced in fine leather satisfying the high demand by "Made in Italy" enthusiasts. An internship with this experienced team could be in either marketing or in fashion design. Designers will assist the design team in creating high quality leather goods, while marketing interns will work on expanding the client base and developing new marketing techniques.

Ideal Candidate: The ideal design intern should have skills in sewing, draping, design, and cutting, preferably with leather. Those interested in the marketing efforts should have a background in marketing or fashion business coursework.

  • 5/25/2014
  • 9.0 weeks
  • 8/31/2014
  • 12.0 weeks
  • 1/4/2015
  • 12.0 weeks

Italian prêt-à-porter Firm

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This company has worked in the field of pret-a-porter for many years and trades with Europe, Asia and the United States. Their creations are aimed at a young and dynamic crowd that embodies the elegance and charm of classic Italian fashion. They are looking for a design intern to assist in the creation of pieces for specific collections.

Ideal Candidate: The intern should have skills in sewing, draping, design, and pattern cutting.

  • 5/25/2014
  • 9.0 weeks
  • 8/31/2014
  • 12.0 weeks
  • 1/4/2015
  • 12.0 weeks

London

Couture Bridal Designer

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This designer creates top-end evening wear, bridal, and couture dresses and accessories in their exclusive and friendly couture house. They seek a talented, hard working intern to help with all aspects of production and studio operations. Design/production internship duties include: hand & machine sewing, cutting gowns & calicoes, hand beading, designing tiaras & hair pieces and selecting fabric & trims. Other duties may include window display merchandising, advising clients in regard to dress design, and helping on photo shoots & fashion shows.

Ideal Candidate: Minimum Sophomore class standing, a 3.0 GPA in fashion design and/or significant sewing/design skills. Strong organizational skills and an outgoing personality are also required.

  • 1/11/2014
  • 12.0 weeks
  • 8/30/2014
  • 15.0 weeks
  • 6/13/2015
  • 8.0 weeks
  • 6/20/2015
  • 8.0 weeks

Bridal and Evening Wear Designer

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This bridal and ready-to-wear evening gown designer has more than twenty years of experience and has been recognized as a true expert when it comes to pattern cutting. Her dresses are made of the finest fabrics and bejeweled with Swarovski crystals and fresh water pearls.

Ideal Candidate: Fashion design student with an interest in apparel construction and the opportunity to learn about the operations of a small, yet highly successful upscale boutique.

  • 1/11/2014
  • 12.0 weeks
  • 8/30/2014
  • 15.0 weeks
  • 6/13/2015
  • 8.0 weeks
  • 6/20/2015
  • 8.0 weeks

Hot, Womenswear Fashion Label

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This hot label was launched in spring 2009 and immediately embraced by London's cool young fashion crowd. Playful, fun and fashion forward, the concept behind the brand is individuality with innovative and eye catching detail. Stars including Rhianna, Alesha Dixon, Tulisa, Pixie Geldof and Daisy Lowe, and Emma Bunton are huge fans and can be regularly spotted wearing the label's cute and girly dresses. The vintage inspired collections feature contemporary fits and cute exclusive prints. Styles range from short and sassy sequined disco dresses, fresh nautical stripes, directional denim, ditsy floral summer playsuits and edgy tailoring. There is room for both fashion business and fashion design interns and the position will be tailored to meet the intern's interests and qualifications. Tasks may include: fashion marketing, PR, social media, website management, utilizing Photoshop skills, sketching, producing in-house samples, dropping samples off to magazines, sewing, pattern cutting, and more.

Ideal Candidate: The ideal candidate will have a background in womenwear and coats and will also boast strong textile skills and either sketching skills, fabric cutting, measuring or sewing skills, as well as Photoshop skills.

  • 1/11/2014
  • 12.0 weeks
  • 8/30/2014
  • 15.0 weeks
  • 6/13/2015
  • 8.0 weeks
  • 6/20/2015
  • 8.0 weeks

Luxury British Designer

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This dynamic British design brand provides unique luxury tailoring for contemporary women. Their core product lines have gained recognition from the world's media and are now stocked internationally in the UK, USA, France and online with a bespoke service available in London. The student selected for this internship will gain production experience by assisting the designers with alterations, sewing, pattern cutting, and fabric/source trimming. Other general tasks involve assisting during factory visits and helping backstage (or preparing for) London Fashion Week. The selected intern will learn how to work as a team, develop sewing and pattern cutting skills and gain an intimate glimpse into how a fashion label works.

Ideal Candidate: The ideal candidate will have a combination of fashion design course work and/or professional experience in garment construction.

  • 1/11/2014
  • 12.0 weeks
  • 8/30/2014
  • 15.0 weeks
  • 6/13/2015
  • 8.0 weeks
  • 6/20/2015
  • 8.0 weeks

Cutting Edge Designer

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Part of the young creative fashion scene in East London, this designer merges science and technology with high end knit fabric produced in Italy. Showing at London's Fashion Week twice yearly, this is an opportunity to get experience with a rising designer and gain experience that includes design and/or business as well as a well-rounded exposure as to how a fashion design business is built. This is a small studio environment with a serious, but supportive creative team. This is a great way to connect with London's cool fashion scene.

Ideal Candidate: Requires major in fashion design or fashion business. Interns must have great communication skills. Business interns will need the confidence to work with high end buyers/ media. Design interns need technical skills in knitwear pattern cutting.

  • 1/11/2014
  • 12.0 weeks
  • 8/30/2014
  • 15.0 weeks
  • 6/13/2015
  • 8.0 weeks
  • 6/20/2015
  • 8.0 weeks

Milan

Fashion Design for a Refreshing New Brand

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This new brand is inspired by the number 1 as a new beginning. Starting a new adventure, the designer said that he wanted to "create a strong emotional impact with pieces capable of seducing”. The designs are simple and intense, using colors, contrasts, patterns, and intersection embroideries to create a distinctive brand. Design interns will work with the design team in every facet of design and production, obtaining an intimate design experience in the fashion capital of the world. .

Ideal Candidate: The ideal candidate will have a degree in fashion design and skills in sewing, draping, and cutting. Beginner Italian speakers will qualify.

  • 5/26/2013
  • 9.0 weeks
  • 8/31/2014
  • 12.0 weeks
  • 1/4/2015
  • 12.0 weeks

Style, Sophistication, and Elegance in Design

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Since 2005, this traditional Milanese luxury brand has produced collections that focus on high quality ready-to-wear garments. The intern will assist the design team in all areas of production, starting with learning the ins and outs of the designer’s style and then moving on to hands-on experience with patterns, draping, and sewing. Additionally, the intern will help prepare collections, gear up for launch parties, and have the opportunity to observe and/or assist in the brand’s business affairs, if interested.

Ideal Candidate: The ideal candidate will have a strong background in fashion design with skills in sewing, draping, and cutting.

  • 5/26/2013
  • 9.0 weeks
  • 8/31/2014
  • 12.0 weeks
  • 1/4/2015
  • 12.0 weeks

Beautiful and Classic Dress Making

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This designer's style is both simple and elegant and her collections are best described as "sculptures in movement". The collection pieces are simple, unique, and individually tailored, and made to compliment all female forms. Design interns in this placement will work hand in hand with the designer to create the dresses, and will be heavily involved in all stages of production.

Ideal Candidate: The ideal candidate will have a degree in fashion design, skills in sewing, draping, and cutting. Beginner Italian speakers qualify.

  • 5/26/2013
  • 9.0 weeks
  • 8/31/2014
  • 12.0 weeks
  • 1/4/2015
  • 12.0 weeks

Art and Fashion in Perfect Union

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This company was founded in 2006 by two young entrepreneur fashion designers with the desire to find an opening in pret a porter. They are looking for both a design intern to assist the design team in seasonal collections, and a marketing/merchandising intern to work on the showroom floor and assist the merchandisers.

Ideal Candidate: The ideal candidate for design will have a degree in fashion design and skills in sewing, cutting and draping. For the placement in the showroom, the intern will have a degree in business or marketing. For both internships, an intermediate level of Italian language is required.

  • 5/26/2013
  • 9.0 weeks
  • 8/31/2014
  • 12.0 weeks
  • 1/4/2015
  • 12.0 weeks

New York City

Internship with Contemporary Apparel Manufacturer

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1. Assist in product development: - pattern tracings, pattern cutting, sample cuttings - observe and assist during fittings with fit models and designers - organize trims and sample yardages - draw flat sketches by hand or graphic applications (Photoshop or Illustrator) 2. Assist in production: - organize production trims - update production board - assist in computer charts 3. Interns will be supervised and mentored by two managers in development and production. Further daily tasks will be assigned by the two managers. 4. This company's goal is to ensure the best interest and experience to the interns with us. They welcome and encourage the intern's area of interest and talents to be maximized with us as each individual has his or her distinctive talents and goals. They want them to get the best experience and overview of the fashion manufacturing world that will help them in their future career.

Ideal Candidate: The best candidates for the position must be organized multi-taskers with the ability to use Photoshop, Illustrator, and MS Office. A definitive interest in fashion should be readily apparent. Candidate should also have knowledge of patterns & samplings, runway styles, garment construction, contemporary sportswear, flat sketching, swatches, and hands on work

    Paris

    Fashion Design Internship in Couture Bridal

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    Length

    In this fashion design internship, the intern will be the assistant to the creative brand founder in his workshop in Paris. The main responsibilities revolve around measuring and tailoring wedding dresses. This high end brand consists primarily of custom made dresses and design interns will gain a firsthand mentorship from a high end designer.

    Ideal Candidate: Advanced fashion design skills, preferably in dresses. A portfolio will be needed, and advanced French language skills are required to interact with the head designer.

    • 5/19/2013
    • 10.0 weeks
    • 8/31/2014
    • 12.0 weeks
    • 1/11/2015
    • 12.0 weeks

    Fashion Design in Ready-to-Wear

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    Length

    Design interns just starting out will love this opportunity to learn from a relatively new Parisian designer in his downtown studio. Tasks may include: basic pattern making, grading, toiling, assisting in the selection of fabrics and trims for new collections, dispatch, quality control, assisting on seasonal photo shoots (when time permits), and other tasks as assigned.

    Ideal Candidate: Intermediate French skills, fashion design coursework, and the ability to be flexible are all required for this role.

    • 5/19/2013
    • 10.0 weeks
    • 8/31/2014
    • 12.0 weeks
    • 1/11/2015
    • 12.0 weeks

    Design Placement for Exclusive Couture Fashion House

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    Length

    An internationally known couture house has an opening for an extremely talented designer. They will work with the design team in tailoring pieces for the upcoming collection.

    Ideal Candidate: The Haute Couture environment means that a meticulous, patient, and detail oriented designer will be best. Fluency in French is required for this extremely competitive placement.

    • 5/19/2013
    • 10.0 weeks
    • 8/31/2014
    • 12.0 weeks
    • 1/11/2015
    • 12.0 weeks

    Sydney

    Innovative Fashion Designer

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    Length

    This internship is with one of Australia's most celebrated innovative designers. He has achieved international recognition for his exquisite contemporary designs so this is a very prestigious placement.

    Ideal Candidate: Internship qualifications range from beginner to advanced, but all students must display their strong work ethic by partaking in all aspects of day-to-day studio operations including running errands, archiving fabrics and assisting design/production specialists with hand stitching work. Other duties may include fabric swatch cutting, fixing embroidery and bead work, assistance in quality control and the stocktaking/pressing of fabrics & garments. Strong mentor-ship, supervision and training are provided for each task.

    • 6/8/2013
    • 8.0 weeks
    • 9/6/2014
    • 12.0 weeks
    • 1/24/2015
    • 12.0 weeks

    Leading Aussie Fashion Designer

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    Length

    This leading Australian fashion designer has over 40 years experience and has won many awards. With many new related brands and lines, they continue to thrive by providing stunning garments of a high quality that attract confident and successful women.

    Ideal Candidate: The ideal candidate will have an attention to detail, strong technical skills and a combination of fashion coursework and practical work experience.

    • 6/8/2013
    • 8.0 weeks
    • 9/6/2014
    • 12.0 weeks
    • 1/24/2015
    • 12.0 weeks

    Prominent Fashion Design Company

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    Length

    One of Australia's leading fashion companies, the designer started her career in San Francisco before and launching her label in Australia and now has several sub brands as part of the organization. The designs are sexy, playful, beautifully constructed and tailored. The designer has a reputation for being clever, creative, bold and brave. She is well known for selecting stylists, sales people, and creative teams to collaborate with which push the label to the edge. The label has become synonymous with featuring high profile supermodels and international talent at fashion shows. Tasks may include: hand sketching; setting up style cards; entering style cards info; Photoshopping (of sketches and changing colours of print etc.); setting up boards of trend research, styles, colours and accessories; measuring o/s samples; filing of fabric swatches, strike off’s and research; sourcing accessories; clearing old samples out of the design room (ticketing and barcoding); preparing accessories for local salesman samples.

    Ideal Candidate: The ideal candidate will be a fashion major; have relevant experience; strong technical skills, knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite, Excel; hand sketching ability; flexibility and willingness to pitch in and work on what needs to be done within the organization; strong multitasking skills.

    • 6/8/2013
    • 8.0 weeks
    • 9/6/2014
    • 12.0 weeks
    • 1/24/2015
    • 12.0 weeks

    Australia Top Designer

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    Length

    This placement is with one of Australia's most prominent fashion designers, with seasonal shows during Paris and Australian fashion weeks. This designer became known for her lingerie styled dresses and now offers a full range of women's fashion catering to a high end clientele. This is a phenomenal opportunity for extremely talented and serious interns. Interns will start at the bottom and (based on their initiative and willingness to jump in) will have greater tasks offered to them. Interns may be involved in a range of tasks from beading and production work, photo shoots, design illustration and print development as well as basic office tasks such as photocopying, swatching and filing.

    Ideal Candidate: Fashion major and upper level or graduate. A humble attitude, strong work ethic, and thick skin are required for the fast paced (and often intense) work environment.

    • 6/8/2013
    • 8.0 weeks
    • 9/6/2014
    • 12.0 weeks
    • 1/24/2015
    • 12.0 weeks

    Up and Coming Fashion Designer

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    Length

    This company is a designer and manufacture of fresh, wearable women's clothing for the 20 - 35 yr old market. This cool office is located in the inner city of Sydney and offers students an opportunity to build their skills in a serious up and coming fashion company. Design interns will work on basic pattern making; Grading; Toiling; Assisting in selection of fabrications and trims for new collections; Dispatch; Quality Control; Assisting on seasonal photo shoots; Compiling media kits; Invoicing.

    Ideal Candidate: Some combination of fashion coursework and practical hands on experience. Experience in basic design; drawing/sketching; pattern cutting; basic sewing skills needed.

    • 6/8/2013
    • 8.0 weeks
    • 9/6/2014
    • 12.0 weeks
    • 1/24/2015
    • 12.0 weeks

    Womenswear Designer

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    Length

    This contemporary Australian designer focuses on quality & elegance. Their aim has been to blend elegance with innovation. Their focus in the market place is on luxurious fabrics and quality craftsmanship. Specifically, their clothes are detailed and tailored; yet maintain a sexy modern edge.

    Ideal Candidate: The ideal candidates should be undertaking a degree in fashion and have a background in design, production, PR/Sales.

    • 6/8/2013
    • 8.0 weeks
    • 9/6/2014
    • 12.0 weeks
    • 1/24/2015
    • 12.0 weeks

    Testimonials about Fashion Design

    Samantha
    International Academy of Design and Technology
    Florence

    "I loved my time in Florence and the Global Experiences program. I really liked how each person's experience is tailored to the individual and their strengths. The other interns on the program were a really fun and diverse group to spend time with. Florence was a great city to work in-just being surrounded by that culture and history. My internship was very hands on. Starting from the day I walked in, my tutor showed me some stuff and I got right on it. The internship was really helpful in landing my new job and I know that it has benefited my career. I just got hired to work for a custom men's wear company, but eventually, I'd like to open up my own studio. My advice to future interns: know exactly what you want to come for. Work your butt off to become irresistible to employers, and completely immerse yourself in the experience. "


    Hillary
    Bob Jones University
    Paris

    "My experience was challenging but definitely enjoyable and extremely rewarding. I am so glad that I chose to do an internship abroad and Global Experiences was key in making that dream a reality."


    Bianca
    Campus Notre Dame-de-Foy
    Florence

    "It was worth every penny, for I have learned things that no one can teach you but yourself, and there is no better place to do so than half-way around the world, in Italy, doing what you do best."


    Megan
    Lasell College
    Florence

    "My internship in Florence, Italy was absolutely amazing. I met some new lifetime friends from around the world, also gained new talents from my internship that will help me in my job market. I would not trade my experience for anything."


    Lauren
    O'More College of Design
    Florence

    "My internship was more than I ever could have hoped for. So many opportunities and learning experiences; Global Experiences helped me to grow in both professional and personal ways."


    Jessica
    Western Illinois University
    London

    "Global Experiences created opportunities I may not have had without my Internship in London. They were able to match my interests and career goals with a wonderful and experienced employer. Without Global Experiences, I believe I would not have had this once in a lifetime opportunity, which helped me achieve my goal of interning abroad that I set for myself at the beginning of my college career. From start to finish Global Experiences made the entire process simple, organized, and fun."


    Aviva
    Collège LaSalle
    London

    “I had the most amazing summer. I couldn’t have asked for a better placement. Thanks to GE for making it happen!”