APPAREL MERCHANDISING, DESIGN &
PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT (AMDP)
Department of Consumer Affairs
College of Human Sciences
Dr. Sandra Forsythe Dr. Lenda Connell
Coordinator of Apparel Merchandising Coordinator of Design and Production
308 Spidle Hall Management
Auburn University 308 Spidle Hall
Auburn, AL 36849 Auburn University
Tel (334) 844-6458 Auburn, AL 36849
Fax (334) 844-1340 Tel (334) 844-3789
email@example.com Fax (334) 844-1340
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Objectives of the AMDP Internship ………………………………………………. .. 1
Requirements of the AMDP Internship Program ………………………………….. 1
Securing an AMDP Internship ….. ……………………………,……….. ………….. 1
AMDP Internship Application Procedure ....………………………………………... 2
Internship Evaluation …………………………………………………………………..3
Appendices …………………………………..………………………………….……... 4
A. Letter to Industry Partner (to provide when you interview)
B. AMDP Internship Contract (for the intern’s employer to sign)
C. CAHS 4920 AMDP Internship Syllabus (to follow religiously during the
D. Timeline for Requirements/Intention to Register (to complete 2 semesters
prior to internship)
E. Identifying Potential Internship Sites (websites to provide information for
identifying an internship)
F. Internship Positions (to review the types of internship possibilities)
G. Suggestions/Recommendations (to help you get a great internship)
H. Internship Evaluation Form (to see how your performance will be graded)
J. Hold Harmless Form (to include in your application packet)
OBJECTIVES OF THE AMDP INTERNSHIP
To provide AMDP students with opportunity to acquire skills in retail management and
merchandising, design and apparel product development, and industry related support areas.
To familiarize students with the overall structure, functions and operation in the retail, design
and product development, or related support industry.
To apply, in a career setting, principles and concepts learned in formal course work.
To enable students to gain an understanding of the role of a professional, including the
professional's responsibilities, and ethical code of conduct for the retail, design and product
development, or related support industry.
To gain an understanding of the satisfactions and challenges of a career in the retail, design
and product development, or related support industry.
To enhance professional growth and development through increased self-awareness.
REQUIREMENTS OF THE AMDP INTERNSHIP
The AMDP internship has specific requirements. Students must have successfully completed CAHS
3850 (C or better) Merchandising Option or CAHS 3750 (C or better) Design & Production
Management Option. It is recommended that Merchandising Option students complete CAHS 5850
prior to their internship. At least ten weeks of full time employment is required for the internship (or
400 hours) which carries 8 hours of credit.
All Internships officially end on the last day of class and all materials must be received by the
Internship supervisor on that date. Deliver or mail to 308 Spidle Hall, Auburn University, Auburn, AL
36849. (Summer interns who have not finished their internship hours by the due date must still submit
materials on this day and continue working till the internship is complete.) Merchandising interns in
retail firms during Fall term are expected to continue working through the Christmas season. AMPD
internships are to be paid internships. (When there is a compelling reason, a student may be granted a
waiver to the paid requirement with written approval of the Internship coordinator and the Department
Head prior to beginning the internship.)
Students are not allowed to take course work for credit during the internship so that students may
maximize the opportunity for professional growth and development during their internship.
SECURING AN AMDP INTERNSHIP
Internship placements provide for directed learning, professional mentoring, qualified supervision,
and other opportunities that encourage learning. It is the responsibility of the student to find an
appropriate internship. Students are strongly encouraged to visit Auburn University Career Services
and follow the recommendations in Appendix F. It is the responsibility of the organization to commit
itself to follow through with the intern in the prescribed manner until the end of the internship
placement. Interns should be given exposure to as many functional areas within the organization as
Students must refer to the Auburn University Bulletin in effect at the time of the internship for
applicable tuition information. Students cannot be in any other coursework while interning nor
should they be employed in more than one job. The focus must be on their internship position.
Internships are considered full time and we can certify them as such for insurance purposes if
AMDP INTERNSHIP APPLICATION PROCEDURE
It is the student‟s responsibility to initiate the application process for the undergraduate AMDP
internship. The following guidelines should be used when considering a potential placement site:
1. Before the end of the junior year, AMDP students must attend the mandatory internship
planning meeting for AMDP (offered fall and spring terms) and develop tentative plans for
the internship, including internship area of interest, completion of prerequisite courses, and a
timeline for completing necessary requirements.
2. Students should read, complete and sign “Timeline of Requirements/Intention to
Register” (Appendix D), and submit to their Internship coordinator two semesters prior to the
term of internship. Students must also complete a credit check form. A copy of the credit
check, the contract, resume, and Hold Harmless Form must be submitted TOGETHER to the
Internship Coordinator before the contract can be approved. Call 844-4790 for a credit check
3. Contact prospective firms and arrange for an interview to discuss the potential internship
placement (normally 3 to 6 months in advance of the internship start date). Submit a copy of
your resume and the internship letter to the industry partner (Appendix A) to the company
prior to the scheduled interview date and also have a copy for the potential employer at the
time of the interview. (Apply to many firms and interview with at least three firms before
deciding upon an internship. If you have an opportunity to complete your internship with an
international firm, see Dr. Warfield, 308 Spidle Hall for the necessary approval forms.)
TIPS TO SECURE A GREAT INTERNSHIP
First, review where other AMDP interns have worked (talk with everyone – students who
have already interned, faculty, business persons you may know) and visit the sites in
Appendix E. Consider your interests, past work experience, and career goals when
choosing an internship. Second, determine the type of positions and companies that are
best for you, and contact several firms. Visit each firm in person (in professional dress)
with a copy of your resume and other materials (e.g., internship guidelines) in hand. If that
is impossible, send a resume and follow up with a phone call – or several phone calls if
necessary! E-mail alone is NOT effective. After submitting your resume, ALWAYS
follow-up with a personal visit or phone call (and additional e-mails). If you really want a
particular internship – STORM THE GATES! Be proactive – don’t wait for them to get in
touch with you!
Prior to the interview, become knowledgeable about internship objectives/requirements
and about the firm with whom you are interviewing. Be prepared to articulate goals and
expectations with respect to the anticipated internship experience and why you want to
intern with a particular firm. Further, be prepared to give an accurate assessment of your
academic training, prior work experiences, strengths, interests, and areas in need of
improvement. It is the student’s responsibility to see that both the firm and student have a
clear understanding of the internship requirements and evaluation procedures before
signing the internship contract (Appendix B).
4. APPLICATION PACKET After the internship contract is completed and signed by both the
intern and the firm supervisor, the student will submit the complete internship application
packet which includes the following 4 items – submitted together:
a. Completed and signed contract
b. Completed and signed „hold harmless‟ form
d. Completed credit check - Call 844-4790 for a credit check appointment.
These 4 items (a – d) must be submitted (TOGETHER) to the internship coordinator one
month prior to the beginning of the internship. After both intern coordinator and departmental
approval, the departmental administrative assistant will register the intern for the CAHS 4920.
Students cannot register themselves for the internship.
Once the contract has been signed by the student and the firm’s representative, it is the
student’s professional responsibility to follow through with the internship.
The internship contract must be approved and signed by representatives of both
the Consumer Affairs Department and the cooperating firm before a student can
begin an internship.
Specific requirements and evaluation procedures are explained in the internship syllabus (Appendix
C). Read the internship syllabus carefully and take a printed copy with you to your internship
to review periodically!
AUBURN UNIVERSITY APPAREL MERCHANDISING, DESIGN & PRODUCTION
Dear Industry Partner,
We appreciate your efforts to partner with us to enrich the learning of our AMDP students by providing
challenging internship experiences. Those experiences allow our student interns to apply concepts and
principles learned in class to the business and industry environments and have a powerful impact in preparing
them for a successful career in business or industry. The valuable learning experiences obtained through
internships in a supportive environment are an important component of our program for AMDP students at
Because the internship experience is so important, we strive to ensure that each student’s internship experience
provides maximum opportunities for exposure to various functional areas of the organization. Although we
realize that each internship is unique, we have summarized some of our expectations/requirements for our
student interns to give you a better feel for the goal of this internship. Please read these (attached) before you
indicate your willingness to accept/supervise the student intern by signing the student internship form. Do
contact the Coordinator of Apparel Merchandising or the Coordinator of Design & Production Management if
you have any questions. Again, we appreciate your support and look forward to working with you.
Dr. Sandra Forsythe Dr. Lenda Connell
Coordinator of Apparel Merchandising Coordinator of Design & Production Management
308 Spidle Hall 308 Spidle Hall
Auburn University Auburn University
Auburn, AL 36849-5603 Auburn, AL 36849-5603
Tel (334) 844-6458 Tel (334) 844-3789
Fax (334) 844-1340 Fax (334) 844-1340
(Industry letter attachment)
Apparel Merchandising, Design and Production Management (AMDP) Internship Requirements include
(but are not limited to) the following:
Student interns must work full time for a minimum of 10 weeks and spend time learning about each functional
area within the firm. They must strive to become knowledgeable about the roles and responsibilities of key
management positions in each area and gain some level of expertise in one or more areas. In addition, student
interns must complete all assignments included in the internship syllabus. These assignments (summarized
below) are completed on the student's own time to the extent possible.
One letter each week - written by the intern to the faculty member supervising the internship - communicated
via e-mail. Contents should relate to students’ experiences; what they have learned; and their contributions.
Daily anecdotal journal - describing work, training, and experiences.
Firm portfolio - that presents the company and represents student’s work. It should incorporate the following:
a brief description of the company -its business, size, and position in the marketplace
a description of the company's target customer as well as the range of customers to whom it may sell
a brief summary of systems, procedures, policies, and technology the company uses; may include
relevant examples of work forms (e.g., purchase orders, markdown requests, transfers, RTV) used
Photos of workplace and 10 action photographs of intern in the workplace.
Interviews - with 10 people who occupy key leadership positions. These interviews should introduce interns to
varied functions, perspectives and approaches to the same business. In a small setting, students also interview
vendors, executives in competitive firms, or professionals in related businesses. These interviews should be
primarily with corporate level executives in the firm.
Internship project -With the firm and faculty supervisors' prior approvals, interns will solve a problem or
capitalize on a work-related opportunity. First, define the problem (or opportunity), the goal of the project, the
steps necessary to address it, and how success in achieving the stated goal(s) will be evaluated. Second, present
this information to the firm supervisor and school supervisor for their approval. Interns must secure each
supervisor's written approval before beginning the project. (Fax project outline with the firm supervisor's signed
approval to the school supervisor (334 844-1340) for approval before beginning the project.) See course
syllabus for specific instructions.
Evaluation by firm supervisor (written)
APPENDIX B - AMDP INTERNSHIP CONTRACT
CAHS 4920 Internship in Apparel Merchandising, Design and Production Management
This contract, resume, credit check, and signed “Hold Harmless Form” must be submitted (together).
_____ Design _____Merchandising
Name ______________________________ AU student ID # ______________
Address ____________________________________ Cell # __________________
E-mail Address ______________________ Home Phone _______________
COURSES: CAHS 5850: Term taken_________ CAHS 3850 or 3750 Term taken ________
INTERNSHIP: Date when internship will begin: _____________ will end:_________________
Name of Internship Firm: __________________________ Dept. (or Office) _________________
Complete Address of firm:
Name: ___________________________ Phone ________________ E-mail _______________
NOTE: I understand that ALL INTERNSHIPS ARE TO BE PAID INTERNSHIPS. I agree to complete all internship
requirements. Any change in my work assignment (e.g., change of department, supervisor) will be communicated to the
faculty internship supervisor in writing at once. I understand that I may take no other class during my internship without
written approval from the Department Head, that I must have a 2.0 GPA to complete this internship, and that I will be
dropped from the internship if my GPA is not at least 2.0 at the beginning of the term I am to intern. I understand that my
grade will be penalized if I do not submit this contract and all other course-related work on time and that Fall Semester
retail store interns must plan to work till December 24.
I have carefully read the requirements for enrollment in CAHS 4920 and have met all of these
requirements. I understand and agree to complete all requirements for this internship:
Student: _____________________________________ Date: _______________________
Firm Supervisor: __________________________________ Date: _____________________________
AMDP Intern Coordinator __________________________ Date: _______________________
CA Department Head: ______________________________ Date: _______________________
I give my permission for my internship materials (name, picture etc.) to be used for department
Return signed forms to: Dr. Forsythe (merchandising), or Dr. Connell (design), 308 Spidle Hall, Auburn
University, Auburn AL, AL 36849-5603. Fax: 334 844-1340
CAHS 4920 AMDP INTERNSHIP
Take it with you and refer to it often!
1. Work requirement At least 10 weeks of full time employment (or 400 hours total).
2. One e-mail letter each week written to your faculty supervisor-communicated via e-mail
(put your name, the name of your firm and the number of week on the subject line). Contents
should relate to your experiences or problems - what you have learned, and your contributions.
Include a brief overview of the job/assignment on which you work and your role. Keep a copy
of each letter. Contact your faculty supervisor (by phone) if there is a problem.
3. Daily anecdotal journal describing your work, training, and your thoughts and insights.
This is a brief record of your varied experiences. Incorporate reactions to your work
assignments. This will be turned in at the end of the term with your notebook. Brevity is fine.
4. Internship portfolio/notebook (which presents your company and represents your work)
should include the following:
A brief description of your company -its business, size, and position in the marketplace,
A description of your company's target customer,
A brief summary of the systems, procedures, policies, and technology the company uses.
Ten (10) action shots/photos of you “on the job in your workplace” (in professional dress).
Include one with your supervisor and one of your project. Also, include explanatory
information for each. Also send your photos on a flash drive in the internship notebook.
Ten (10) Interviews (see # 5 below). Include a brief overall summary of all interviews (1
page limit) along with a 1 page (or shorter) summary of each interview. Include a business
card (or complete title and contact information for each interviewee). You may include
photos of you and the interviewee -- optional.
Store/firm project (see # 6)
Self evaluation & program analysis (see #7 & # 8)
EXTRA CREDIT (OPTIONAL see # 10 below)
5. Interviews with 10 employees who occupy key leadership positions (not other associates)
in your company. In a small firm, also interview vendors, executives in competitive firms, or
management level professionals in related businesses. The objective of these interviews is to
introduce you to varied functions, perspectives and approaches to the same business at the
executive level, so interview corporate level executives. (If two students are interning for the
same company at the same location, some interviews may be completed together but each
student should have at least 5 unique interviews). Begin interviews early in your internship and
finish them by mid-term. Submit a 1 page summary of each interview. For each interview, list
the persons’ name, complete position/title, company, address and date of interview at the top
of the page. Include their business card or a photo of you with the person you’re interviewing!
Interviews must be done face to face. (No e-mail or survey interviews) Last, write a brief
summary (1 page limit) of all the interviews (combined) including your impressions and any
themes that emerged as you reflect on the interviews.
Suggested Interview protocol/questions:
Briefly summarize your career path, your current position and future goals.
What are the "primary responsibilities of this position?
What are the major challenges of this position?
What competencies are necessary for success in this position?
What advice would you offer a college student interested in a career in this industry?
What current trends or issues have the greatest impact on this job/business?
Because executives are busy, carefully prioritize your questions before the interview. Keep
your questions limited in number. Be very professional in manner and appearance.
5. Internship project - to solve a problem or capitalize on a work-related opportunity. Specify
the goals of the proposed project and the steps you plan to take to achieve your goal. Present
this information to your firm supervisor to get written approval. Fax your project proposal (A
& B below), with firm supervisor's signed approval to your faculty supervisor at 844-1340 for
approval before beginning the project. After you complete the project, write a 2-4 page
description of the project including visual documentation (pictures, charts, illustrations, etc.)
when relevant, following the outline below.
A. Statement of the Problem (or opportunity) and the specific goals of the project.
(What do you hope to achieve and why is it important?) These goals must be
(Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time specific).
B. Plan of Action and Evaluation: What you will do (specific steps) to achieve these
goals and how you will evaluate the success in meeting the goals listed above.
C. Procedure: How you executed your plan to meet your goals.
D. Outcome: Findings presented in text, charts, tables, pictures, etc.
E. Evaluation of the outcome –Document your success in achieving your goals.
Explain why you did or did not meet goal. What were your site supervisor's
comments? What would you do different "next time?"
7. Self-evaluation -Evaluate yourself as to how you handled yourself at work (e.g., your work
habits, thoroughness, reliability, assertiveness, role as a team member), your reaction to the
type of training or supervision received, and your potential (and desire) for working in a
similar environment. (be succinct - 1 page)
8. Program analysis -Evaluate your preparation for the internship. (1 page)
What courses or course activities were most helpful to you?
Were there any assignments that particularly prepared you for this internship?
Is there anything you would have benefited from knowing better? Were there any
situations when inadequate preparation interfered with you doing your best?
Are there any courses which you wish you had elected to take?
Are there any curricular topics which should be strengthened?
Your analysis, coupled with the same from other students, is very important because it helps us
to continuously evaluate the program. Mention any ideas that you think deserve consideration.
9. Evaluation by on-site supervisor (using internship evaluation form – Appendix H) Have this
evaluation form completed by your on-site supervisor and include it in your internship notebook
(in the front left pocket). Your supervisor should discuss your performance with you and any
areas that you may need to work on to improve your performance. (Do ask your supervisor to
give your periodic feedback and do be open to constructive criticism as a way to excel.)
10. EXTRA CREDIT (OPTIONAL)
AMDP alumni information - A list of AU AMPD alumni working in your company including
their title, contact information, year graduated, and degree option from AU. (If no alums are
working in your firm, you may provide information for any alumni you may have had an
opportunity to meet during your internship.) Include their business cards if possible.
Thanks You letters Write and mail thank you letters to your internship supervisor, principal(s) of the
firm and other key players in your internship. (Include photo copies of these letters in notebook)
Mail (or overnight) your notebook to your faculty supervisor at 308 Spidle Hall, Auburn
University, Auburn, AL 36849-5603, so it will be received by the last day of class or leave in the
supervisor‟s office or box in the CA office.
Your grade will be based on the following components and percentage weights:
10% Daily anecdotal journal- regular entries with evidence of thoughtful comments
15% Notebook/portfolio -thoroughness, creativity, professional presentation
15% 10 Interviews - logical selection of executives and thoughtful, written description
20% Internship project -quality of planning, execution, analysis, and evaluation of success.
5% Self-evaluation, program analysis -evidence of thoughtful analysis
25% Evaluation by on-site supervisor
10% Evaluation by faculty supervisor, including evaluation of weekly letters
Type all reports, letters and interview. You may type your daily journal or hand write it legibly.
TIPS FOR PREPARING YOUR INTERNSHIP NOTEBOOK
1. Use the following outline to prepare the materials to submit to your academic supervisor.
Your notebook should contain the following sections/headings.
(1) Firm Portfolio
A brief description of your company
A brief description of your company’s target customer
A brief summary of the systems, procedures and policies and product line(s)
Action shots of you “on the job” in professional dress (digital). Include captions explaining
A brief overall summary of all your interviews (1 pg) and summary of each interview (1 page
(3) Store/firm project
Include a copy of the approved proposal, and explanation of the goal or objectives, the steps
taken to complete the project, and your evaluation of the success of the project in achieving the
goals. Also, include documentation of the success (before/ after pictures, power point slides,
productivity statistics, etc.) and supervisor response.
(4) Self evaluation & program analysis
(5) Evaluation by your on-site supervisor
(6) EXTRA CREDIT (OPTIONAL) AMDP alumni information and thank you letters
2. Do NOT use plastic sleeves for your typed pages.
3. We understand that you are busy. Therefore, get started early and have a plan for
completing the requirements for the internship. It is not necessary to be lengthy, but be
accurate and document your comments. Be selective about what you include in your
notebook. However, if you have access to workbooks or training manuals that you feel
would be especially good to use for a class, you may include those.
DUE DATE FOR NOTEBOOK – the last class day for that term!
TIMELINE FOR REQUIREMENTS / INTENTION TO REGISTER
CAHS 4920 AMDP INTERNSHIP
Student Name _______________________________________ Date _____________
Cell # ____________________ Email Address _________________________
Semester and year you expect to complete Internship: Spring ____ Summer _____ Fall ______
Do you already have a commitment from a firm? Yes ___ No____
If yes, please give the firm name, location and contact information.
If no, describe any specific activity you have done (or plan to do) to secure a site.
* All internship placements must be approved by the designated coordinator prior to making final
arrangements for the internship.
Sign (below) and submit to Internship Coordinator for Merchandising (Dr. Forsythe) or Design
(Dr. Connell) one full semester before the semester you will intern. (e.g., Fall term or beginning
of Spring term for Summer interns.)
I AM AWARE OF THE FOLLOWING REQUIREMENTS RELATED TO THE INTERNSHIP:
Obtain and Read the Guidelines for the AMDP Internship.
Attend informational meeting with Internship Coordinator at date and time to be announced.
Obtain a credit check by scheduling an appointment with an academic advisor in the Office of
Academic Affairs, 266 Spidle Hall.
Submit signed Timeline for Requirements/Intention to Register (this form) to Internship Coordinator
during registration period 2 semesters prior to the beginning of the internship.
Confirm arrangements with the supervising firm one month before beginning of the Internship and
submit complete internship application packet to the internship coordinator no later than one week
prior to beginning the Internship.
If the above requirements / deadlines are not met, the internship coordinator reserves the right to
disallow the internship or to penalize the student’s internship grade by one letter grade.
Student‟s signature Date
Identifying Potential Internships
The following sites may be useful for you to identify potential Internship opportunities.
Intern Web - http://www.internweb.com
Great website that provides paid fashion internships.
Monster Board - www.monster.com
Popular website among many employers, and is a great way to get your resume out to many companies.
Monster.com is easy to use, offers specific search results, and yields many job/internship offers.
Intern Jobs - http://www.internjobs.com
Provides many search options. A large amount of retail job opportunities available on this site. Results
are current and varied.
Free Fashion Internships - http://freefashioninternships.com/
This blog-like website shows posts from companies seeking fashion interns. Companies list job
description, company overview, requirements, and contact information.
The Fashion Tool - http://www.thefashiontool.com/
This website is broad and encompasses many aspects of the fashion industry. The site allows you to
post your resume.
Apparel Search - http://www.apparelsearch.com/employment.htm
This site lets you browse internships by company. You can choose different jobs within a company.
Style Careers - http://www.stylecareers.com/
This website is very specific. It finds internships based on fashion, accessories, home fashion, textiles,
shoes, beauty, etc. From there it allows you to search for specific jobs.
Rising Star Internships - http://www.rsinternships.com
Great website that allows you to find fashion internships and apply online. Site lets you search by the
semester you want to do your internship. Site also gets you in contact with an advisor to help you find
After College.com - http://www.aftercollege.com
Search results for retail are broad, thorough, and up-to-date.
Campus Career Center - http://www.campuscareercenter.com
This website provides tips on interviews, resumes, and how to prepare for internships.
CollegeRecruiter.com - http://www.collegerecruiter.com
Very broad and abundant search results. Enter clothing retail for the search criteria.
Internship Programs - http://www.internshipprograms.com
The jobs listed on this site are current. Search results such as visual merchandiser, buyer, consultant,
manager, associate, etc. were given.
Career Builder - www.careerbuilder.com
Site lets you narrow search results by specific jobs, such as store planner, merchandiser, retail human
resources, buyer, etc.
Also, review sites of major retailers below:
APPAREL MERCHANDISING, DESIGN AND PRODUCTION MANGEMENT
LOCATION Your internship can be approved for any location within the U.S. or at an international
site. See CA web site –CAHS Internship – AMDP Internship Placement.
COMPANY Internship can be secured in any size company, from a small, entrepreneurial design firm to
a large, multi-divisional corporation; however, internships in students’ family owed businesses are
strongly discouraged. A company does not have to have a formal internship program. The company
does not have to have had interns before you. The company does have to:
hire you and agree to the required number of hours of work;
be willing to pay you an agreed upon salary
assign you an internship supervisor
be willing to let you participate in or observe the various functions of the business
be willing to let you interview managers or executives in the company; and
be willing to have you develop and implement a project or problem that addresses a need or
opportunity for the company
POSITION The internship position should fit with your career goal. In a large company, an intern will
probably be assigned to a specialized function or department. In a small company, the intern may be
involved with multiple functions. Some examples of career path opportunities for which internship
experience could be gained include:
Design/production (includes, but not limited to)
Creative designer – work up salable designs for a target customer
Technical designer – works with product specifications
Patternmaker/grader – responsible for pattern work
Merchandiser – provides overall direction for lines
Fabric or trim coordinator – work with designer on choosing and purchasing
Production manager – works on scheduling and implementing production
Forecaster – predicts fashion direction in forecasting, manufacturing, or retailing
Vendor or public relations – communicates a company’s message to its customers
Showroom sales/sales representative – represents apparel or accessory lines for sale
in the market
Design licensing administrator – works as liaison between licensor and licensee
Costume designer – works for theaters, costume shops, or film, television and
Personal shopper/image consultant – works with individual consumers in wardrobe
Fashion stylist/editor/writer – works for industry or consumer publications.
Merchandising (includes, but not limited to)
Merchandise assistant – Enter markdowns, markups, and promotional price points
and effective dates for each style and market once received from Planning.
Visual merchandiser Ensure brand and visual merchandising consistency is upheld.
Retail buyer – Responsible for knowing customers’ needs, planning, monitoring
competition, and working with vendors to select and purchase merchandise.
Assistant or Associate buyer – Works under the direction of a buyer, usually in a
specific product category. Assist in sales analysis, order handling, buying and
communicate with vendors.
Retail planner – Break down the merchandise budget into SKUs; Responsible for
allocating merchandise to stores; Monitor sales and work with buyers.
Store brands/product development manager – Work with product developers to plan
and implement private brand strategy in a product category.
Store management – Manage the sales, operations, and personnel functions of the
store and oversee the training and development of the staff; Foster collaboration
among team members.
Department manager –Assist in managing personnel, controlling inventory, and
other store operations.
Assistant store manager – Help implement merchandising strategy and policies;
Take inventory, and order supplies.
Apparel Mart/ sales rep/account executive – Sell to retail store buyers; sales
Human resources/college relations manager –Recruit, train, and evaluate
SUGGESTIONS FOR SEEKING A JOB OR INTERNSHIP*
Adapted from information provided by Human Resource Manager of a major corporation
Learn all you can about a company to
1. help you decide if you would like to work for them and
2. help guide you in what you write and what you say in an interview. Many firms have
marketing information about themselves and their work; most have a website address.
Try to get a contact name to receive the cover letter and resume; check spelling of name, title,
gender and address with receptionist or switchboard operator.
Don't let your parents do any of this for you!
Use neutral-colored resume paper; if other than white, use matching envelope and at least
Should not be more than one page.
Tailor the letter to each company or position
The letter is a great opportunity to expand on/explain items on resume
Tell what position you are applying for.
Tell why YOU are applying. Avoid "I think", "I feel", "I believe", instead, say “I can”, “ I
Choose 2- 3 things about yourself that are a selling point from both a personal and a work-
Close by offering times/dates available for interview.
Indicate gender in a tactful/appropriate way if gender is not obvious by name.
Have someone else proofread it!
Not necessary to be really creative; standard format is very acceptable.
Include current and permanent addresses and phone numbers
Skip job objective; that's what your cover letter is for.
Experience includes paid and unpaid positions that are relevant to what you want to do.
Don't exaggerate responsibilities.
Play up course work if experience is lacking.
o Descending order of importance as best you can determine
o Include leadership positions and service activities, especially if related to career field
o Limit Greek, political and religious activities, some feel name of Greek organization
should not appear, instead refer to it as a "social sorority"
o Include high school activities ONLY if held leadership position and college activities
o Show GPA if more than 3.0, especially in major; don't include if less than 3.0
o Include community service activities and hobbies only if space available and if they are
significant, somehow related to career field
Use action verbs to describe responsibilities in earlier jobs.
DON'T INCLUDE: birth date, health or marital status, parent's names.
Have someone else proofread it.
Unless interviewer requests otherwise, dress professionally no matter what the corporate/office
Prepare answers to commonly asked questions.
Bring with you: paper/note pad, pen, prepared list of questions, extra copies of resume. Have
them in a portfolio of some type.
Take notes, especially while interviewer explains position.
Have a firm handshake.
Offer information, but don't interrupt.
Offer more than yes or no answers.
Never "bad mouth" a former employer, professor, etc
Ask prepared questions.
Follow up with a thank-you note within 24 hours.
QUESTIONS MOST ASKED IN INTERVIEWS
In any job search an applicant's interview can be the most important opportunity for him or her to sell
him or herself as the right person for the job. Because of the stressful nature of the interview experts
agree it is best to be as prepared as possible going in. Part of that preparation should be some idea of
what will be asked. Here are the questions most routinely asked at job interviews, according to a
recent nation-wide poll.
Tell me about your last position and why you liked it.
Describe a stressful situation you have been in and explain how you handled it.
If I were to call upon your former co-workers (or fellow students) how would they describe you?
What would your former supervisor say about you as an employee?
Tell me about your favorite job. Why was it your favorite?
Tell me about your favorite boss. Why was he/she your favorite?
What were your favorite courses in school and why?
How did you choose your major and college?
What would be the ideal position for you and why?
Tell me about your hobbies, interests and what you do in your spare time.
What are your best qualities?
In what areas could you improve?
Why should we hire you over someone else?
Why do you think this is the right job for you?
How do you plan to succeed if you get the job?
When things haven't gone well, how have you handled the disappointment?
Can you give me some examples of how you overcame setbacks in your career?
Tell me three specific things you have accomplished for which you are most proud.
What is the most important thing you've learned from your collective work experience?
Describe to me a "difficult" experience that you had with an employee, co-worker or supervisor.
What happened? How did you resolve it?
Who has been the most influential person in your life and why?
What can you contribute to our company?
POPULAR INTERVIEW QUESTIONS
Tell us about yourself.
What in your background best qualifies you for this job?
What experience have you had with (spreadsheets, public relations, etc.)?
Do you think your grades are a good indicator of your academic achievement?
What do you know about our company?
What are your career goals?
How does this job relate to your plans?
Why are you interested in this position?
What in your background best qualifies you for this job?
What is your greatest strength/weakness?
What would you do if. ..? (a scenario is presented, such as "What would you do if one of the
company's vendors called irate because of a mistake in an invoice you have processed?" or "What
would you do if you discovered an error in your story after it was printed?")
How long have you been interested in this type of work?
What do you expect from the company that hires you?
What criteria are you using to evaluate the company for which you hope to work?
If one of your professors/friends were here today, what would they say about you?
Are you willing to relocate?
Are you willing to travel?
What do you plan to be doing five years from now?
What do you REALLY want to do in life?
When were you most proud of yourself?
What college subjects did you like best? least?
What do you like to do in your spare time?
What type of books do you like to read? or What's the last book you read?
ASK THE INTERVIEWER
What is a typical day like in this department?
Of all the responsibilities associated with this position, which one(s) would you expect me to give
priority to if I were to start tomorrow?
What is the most interesting or challenging project this department has completed in the last six
What kinds of assignments might I expect the first six months on the job?
What products/services are in development now?
What position/area of the company do you see this position naturally leading to in the future?
How long have you been with the company?
What do you enjoy most about your job?
About salary until the second interview; it's best to let the interviewer bring it up
What happened to the last person who held the job
How long it will take to move up
If the company encourages moving from one division to another
DO'S AND DON'TS FOR YOUR FIRST WEEK ON A NEW JOB OR INTERNSHIP
The first impressions you make do count on a new job, so it's important that they're positive.
Here is some advice from Peggy Schmidt, author of Making It On Your First Job: When You're
Young, Inexperienced and Ambitious (Avon Books).
DON'T be shy about introducing yourself to everyone in your department or firm (also, the firm's
customers and suppliers). Having people call you by name makes you feel like you belong and also
speeds your "absorption" into the company. Co-workers will feel you've been there longer and will
treat you that way.
DO take notes on your basic responsibilities and general office procedures and people's names.
This saves you from having to ask again and again how to do your duties.
DO keep busy. Even if you have no specific assignment yet, resist the urge to pull out a magazine or
to just sit and chat. Instead, leaf through catalogs, familiarize yourself with the filing system,
straighten samples and catalogs, check pricing and sample dates -even dust shelves. This shows your
boss (supervisor) and co-workers that you're making an attempt to learn as much about the firm as you
can and to be as productive as possible.
DO come into the office early and stay late. Even if you don't have anything specific to do, you will
look willing and able to work. In addition, you may pick up informal information about the inner
workings of the company.
DON‟T let your work area get messy. Your boss and co-workers don't know you yet and will make
assumptions based on your behavior and habits. Messiness implies disorganization and hints that you
might find the work overwhelming.
DON'T form fast friendships until you get the lay of the land. It won't help your reputation to be
allied with the office gossip or a lazy worker. Play it safe--be friendly to everyone, but don't pair off.
DO be enthusiastic.
* Adapted by Dr. Sandra Forsythe
THE INTERN WHO MAKES A DIFFERENCE*
The intern who best represents him/herself, the Department of Consumer Affairs, and the
works the assigned number of clock hours and is willing to work additional hours if needed to
complete a task.
is on time in regard to arrival at work, scheduled appointments and meetings, and completion
of assigned tasks.
shows a high level of initiative and industriousness.
is dependable and “follows through” with all responsibilities.
manages time wisely.
adapts readily to routines and changes in the work setting.
is willing to work around obstacles and eliminate the habit of "excusitis”.
demonstrates the ability to think independently, use good judgment, and make wise decisions.
is open to trying new methods, and learning new concepts.
understands the philosophy of the company for which he/she is interning, and tries to reflect
that philosophy in a positive way.
is honest at all times.
exhibits a positive attitude toward his/her job and the people with whom he/she works.
demonstrates a high level of self awareness in regard to personal and professional growth.
shows emotional maturity
maintains high quality interpersonal relationships with customers and staff.
realizes that he/she is a representative of the company/business for which he/she is interning.
is able to communicate clearly both in written and verbal forms.
does not procrastinate on things such as writing thank you notes to people who helped in any
way regarding the internship or related endeavors.
takes the Internship commitment seriously and does his/her part in fulfilling the terms of the
realizes that he/she is still an AU student, with the work setting serving as the classroom.
accepts constructive criticism with a positive "frame of mind”, realizing it often provides an
opportunity for personal and professional growth.
realizes that he/she may be able to create a pleasant work environment just by possessing a
positive mental attitude. (In other words, one person –yes, that’s you - can often have a major
influence on the attitudes of others.)
* Adapted by Dr. Sandra Forsythe
APPAREL MERCHANDISING, DESIGN & PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT
Department of Consumer Affairs, College of Human Sciences, Auburn University, AL
Name of Intern______________________________________ Date of Evaluation________
Please rate the following attributes as demonstrated by the intern:
Top 10% Top 25% Average Bottom 25% Bottom 10%
5 4 3 2 1
Knowledge ______ ______ ______ ______ ______
Initiative ______ ______ ______ ______ ______
Resourcefulness ______ ______ ______ ______ ______
Dependability ______ ______ ______ ______ ______
Ability to work with others ______ ______ ______ ______ ______
Quality of Work ______ ______ ______ ______ ______
Professionalism ______ ______ ______ ______ ______
Response to Supervision ______ ______ ______ ______ ______
Please rate this intern‟s performance on the following:
Outstanding Satisfactory Unsatisfactory
Complete work according to schedule
agreed upon with manager. ________ _________ _________
Complete assigned tasks without frequent
additional assistance/advice from supervisor. ________ _________ _________
Problem solving. ________ _________ _________
Communicate effectively in oral and
written form ________ _________ _________
Please rate the intern‟s overall performance by checking one of the following:
________Excellent ________Good ________Fair _______Poor
If there was an entry level (management) position open in your firm, would you consider
employing this intern?
_________Yes _________Not Sure _________No
If you answered “No” or “Not Sure”, would you please share your reasons.
What are the intern‟s greatest strengths?
Are there any specific attributes, personal and/or professional, that you believe need
Signature and Title of Supervisor Firm Name Date
We welcome your comments about this intern and/or the Apparel Merchandising, Design &
Production Management program. Please attach any additional comments. Thank you for
providing an internship experience for our student and for providing this evaluation.
Please give this evaluation to the intern (we encourage you to discuss performance with the
intern) at least one week prior to the end of the internship. Please contact Dr. Sandra Forsythe
(334 844-6458) or Dr. Lenda Jo Connell (334 844-3789), if there are any issues you prefer to
discuss directly with the academic supervisor.
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I, __________________________, acknowledge that injuries or loss can result from participation or
association with ______________________. I further realize that participating in this event may involve
risks and dangers, both known and unknown, and have elected to take part in this event. Therefore, I
voluntarily accept and assume all risk of injury, loss of life or damage to property arising out of training,
preparing, participating and traveling to or from _________________________.
I acknowledge that specialized experience and skills may be necessary to participate in
_________________________ and confirm I possess such experience and skills. I understand and agree
to follow all safety precautions required for participation.
I further release Auburn University, its Board of Trustees, Faculty, Staff and Agents from any and all liability
as to any right of action that may accrue to my heirs or representatives for any injury to me or loss that I may
suffer while training, preparing, participating and/or traveling to or from _________________________. I
also grant permission to be transported to local doctors, clinics or hospitals in the event of any injury and will
assume all responsibility for all costs, including costs of collection that may include reasonable attorney fees.
I have read the above Hold Harmless/Informed Consent Agreement, understand its meaning and sign it
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