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Fashion Design Internships Abroad

AIFS Abroad Internships in Fashion Design.

Why a Fashion Design Internship Abroad is Right for You 

Gaining a profound understanding of Fashion Design within a global context is pivotal for your long-term career success. Our international Fashion Design internships are crafted to broaden your horizons while equipping you with vital professional skills. We tailor our internships abroad to align perfectly with your existing experience, educational background, and future aspirations.  

We advocate for a hands-on approach, urging employers to minimize “administrative tasks” and instead provide you with engaging and impactful projects. As a Fashion Design intern, you may find yourself immersed in diverse responsibilities, including researching trends, assisting with technical drawings, fabric swatching and sourcing, and more. Fashion Design remains one of our most popular and sought-after career fields, with internship opportunities available across many of our locations. 

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Advantages of a Fashion Design Internship with AIFS Abroad

  • Stand out to employers with international Fashion Design work experience 
  • Professional development including interview coaching and career readiness program  
  • Guaranteed placement in a full-time internship  
  • Apply with two career fields, not just Fashion Design 
  • Customize your internship  
  • Academic credit through AIFS Abroad or your home university

Fashion Design Internship Placement Examples

AIFS Abroad has an excellent history of matching talented interns with top tier international companies. Our placement team is dedicated to finding the right employers for our interns based on their chosen career fields, skills, and interests. The following are just a few examples of internship placements that may be available.

Fashion Design Internship with a Womenswear Brand

Two designers are behind this London based womenswear brand; a label which has become recognized for its modern, polished, and bold aesthetic. Driven by a love of human stories the designers create bold, exquisite, quality fabrics that are layered with narrative. These luxurious textiles inform the development of modern and refined shapes. Their aesthetic speaks to a super smart, confident, and creative woman.

Intern tasks may include:
– Completing pattern cutting
– Sampling
– Sewing
– Toiling
– Fitting
– Finishing embroidery and bead handling
– Undertaking factory visits and drop offs
– Taking part in trim and fabric research
– Attending press and sales call outs
– Writing shop reports
– Carrying out production checks
– Assisting production packing
– Attending model casting
– Supporting the show preparation
– Sending VIP invites
– Supporting the sales show room
– Carrying out the production preparation

Fashion Design Internship with a Design Launching Company

This company works directly with fashion designers to launch their clothing brands. From pattern making to sourcing to production management and marketing, their team will guide fashion designers through every step of the process. Since its inception, they have mentored and managed over 372 fashion brands. Their primary goal is to ensure the well-being of their clients by meeting or exceeding their objectives and expected level of service.

Intern tasks may include:
– Assisting Junior Production Manager and Production Manager with production runs to manufacturers
– Sourcing fabric trims for various designers
– Measuring specs for tech packs
– Updating spec sheets/tech packs when needed
– Shipping various packages out to clients
– Updating the charges to the client with shipping charges/trim charges
– Send the JPM and PM weekly recaps and overviews to define the workload
– Using Illustrator for tech sketches
– Assisting in fittings
– Sourcing quotes with Junior Production Manager
– Communicating with factories
– Working with pattern and sample makers in the development phase with JPM & PM
– Performing quality checks with the JPM & PM

Fashion Design Internship with an e-Commerce Fashion Brand

This is an E-commerce independent fashion, accessories, home decor and souvenir brand. It is a project in progress that will consist of 5 sub-brands / collections that have different styles and personalities. Production and sales are based on a print on demand – handmade – ecological and sustainable product concept.

Intern tasks may include:
– Briefing about the company strategy, its branding and different collections in order to understand the company
– Previous search on new fashion and sector trends (visual / imagery / collections / Pinterest boards / websites)
– Evaluate possible suppliers (quality / delivery / logistics)
– Establish catalogue products (basing on trends, salable products and MVP (Minimum Viable Product)
– Inspirations for collections
– Create mood boards + color palettes
– Design collections for female and male and home decor like pillows
– Design textile patterns
– Define a practicable calendar to launch collections + offers (suggestions, based on your experience)
– Benchmarking of similar brands and their social media account

Design Internship with a Luxury Fashion Brand

This New York City-based, American fashion designer is widely regarded for her elegant aesthetic and fresh point of view. She continues to redefine a sophisticated, yet modern lifestyle with her expanded, designer ready-to-wear-offering. Formally trained as a painter and sculptor prior to pursuing fashion design, she employs a brilliant use of color, rich fabrications, sculptural silhouettes, and handcrafted details. Her artistic background is evident in her work and adds unexpected dimension and breadth to each season’s collection.

Intern tasks may include:
– Attending fittings and photographing garments on models
– Shadowing staff on how to do technical specs of a garment
– Learning about special bridal alterations
– Visiting factories with staff and bringing bridal and ready to wear designs
– Buying, organizing, and trimming fabrics
– Shadowing patte
-makers and other staff
– Working with supervisor on bridal embroidery
– Learning to communicate with factories
– Looking over cut work

Fashion Design Internship with Designer

This designer uses fashion to represent a contemporary vision of Mexican culture. Beautiful dresses come to life through the use of bright lights, shadows, and color blocks. Every collection draws inspiration from Mexican culture and combines it with the exquisite Italian tailoring knowledge.

Intern tasks may include:
– Contributing to the design of the collection from start to finish
– Designing patterns
– Sketching designs
– Researching themes for potential collections
– Taking photos of the collection for social media exposure
– Posting on social media/Facebook
– Manufacturing duties as needed

Fashion Production Internship with a Fashion Company

This company is inspired by artistic movements, motivated by the influences of culture and crafted on the idea that beauty manifests in multiple forms. Through a passion for music, joy, and life both in Australia and across the globe, their designs are dedicated to an urban lifestyle, encompassing edgy work wear dresses and skirts, street basics, and statement pieces for their customers to take center stage at their next event.

Intern tasks may include:
– Quality Control of garments
– Measuring and assisting with the production process
– Assisting in Design and Specs for garments
– Attending Design meetings and the tasks that follow
– Assisting in designing garments
– Attending Production meetings and the tasks that follow
– Data entry for production and design team

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Optional Credit Available
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Spring 2025
12 weeks From $10,990
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12 Week Internship

Optional Credit Available
London, England
Fall 2024
12 weeks From $11,990
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8 Week Internship

Optional Credit Available
New York City, USA
Summer 2024
8 weeks From $8,490
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Full Time Internship

12 Week Internship

Optional Credit Available
Florence, Italy
Spring 2025
12 weeks From $9,990

Earn Credit For Your Internship Abroad

AIFS Abroad’s international internship program is designed to complement your college degree. You can earn college credits through your home institution, our school of record, or specific location-based opportunities.

How it Works

Step 1

Apply

Submit your application and start working with your Admissions Counselor. We will have an interview to learn about your career goals, educational background, and location preferences to ensure that you are a good candidate to intern abroad.

Step 2

Accept

Once your interview and application are complete, you’ll be cleared to apply. Your Admissions Counselor and our Placement Team will determine if we’re able to match you with a great host employer in your chosen destination. If accepted, this means we can guarantee you an internship within your career field.

Step 3

Enroll

After acceptance, the next step is to simply enroll into the program with your initial deposit to secure your spot. Enrolling means you have officially decided to join the program and take on the challenge and thrill of living and becoming an intern abroad in a new city!

Step 4

Prepare

Before you arrive in your host city, you will work one-on-one with your Program Advisor. They work with you on professional development, career advising and make sure you are ready to move and intern in your new home.

Step 5

Interview

We will start the match-making process and narrow down employers to a select few that you would be a great fit for. You’ll have a Skype or phone interview before you leave, so they can get to know you, and you can get to know them. If everything goes well, then your internship is confirmed! You’ll know where you’ll be interning and the role you’ll be walking into before you hop on the plane.

Step 6

Arrive

When you’ve arrived in your city, you will meet the Location Coordinator and the other interns at your housing. Your internship will start soon after you’ve arrived and there will be social events and excursions throughout the course of your program. We strive to give you the independence you want with all the support and resources you need to be successful during your travel and internship.

Getting started is simple! In just a few steps, you’ll be on your way to building your resume and gaining critical hands-on experience. 

Note: The vast majority of our internship placements are unpaid.

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I think that every aspect of this program made my experience so great. For one, my host city was greater than I could have imagined it could be. It was so fun, charming, and inviting. I think that because it was on the smaller side it made exploring it more intimate and by the first 2 weeks you could really know your way around. Secondly, because my specific program was smaller, it was easier to connect with each of the fellow interns, and we all became very good friends in a short amount of time. I think it was the perfect amount of people. Lastly, the company that I worked for made me excited to come into work everyday and learn. I know that by talking to other interns, their jobs really made their experience as well.

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I also want to give my thanks to AIFS Abroad and Global Experiences for such an outstanding program. With the help of these companies, I was able to earn academic credit at the College of Charleston while furthering my professional experience in an foreign city. I am grateful that I have had the opportunity to be a part of this incredible international experience. Au revoir Paris, a la prochaine fois!

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