Current student Allina Liu ’13 has also spent her summers interning in New York City, with hopes that she can gain the experience and contacts to work there in the future. This past summer Liu interned at The Row, a fashion design company established in 2006 by Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen.
“It was so exciting being there,” Liu said when recounting her experience. “They had just won the Council of Fashion Designers of America award for their resort collection and were moving on to their spring collection, which just launched this past September, during fashion week. I did some fabric samples while I was there, and a lot of the samples I did for them were in that show. It was amazing, seeing some of the things I worked on being used in their collection.”
Liu continued, “It was definitely a good experience. I worked crazy hours, but it was worth it. It was great to be around a really successful company and get to know people in the industry. I want to pursue fashion when I leave MICA, and I always understood that internships would be a part of my move from college to a career. You get great experience for your résumé, and you get references from people working in your industry. The kinds of things that make it so much easier to get a job compared to others without that experience.”