The goal of TAM 4949 is to coordinate the practical aspects of work experience in a career choice with a university education. Upper level undergraduate students in the Department of Textile and Apparel Management (TAM) have the opportunity to enrich their curriculum with intensive experience at the employer of their choice. Some students may choose to participate in an internship but not earn credit. TAM 4949 is a TAM elective option; however, not required for graduation. On-the-job experiences should parallel those of an entry-level position for university graduates. Students in any area in TAM may enroll. TAM 4949 may be taken during the fall, winter, or summer semester and in any geographic location, virtually or in-person, and may have variable credit according to the scope of the program agreed upon with the faculty supervisor, Dr. Jaime Mestres. Download a complete description of the TAM 4949 guidelines (PDF).
Below is a list of places where students have had internships in the past. If students are interested in any of these possibilities, a good place to start is with the Human Resources Department with the company. You can often find that information from the company’s homepage.
Below is a list of places where students have had internships in the past.
Apparel Co., Product Development, Merchandising, & Showroom
Retail Buying Merchandising Office
Promotions, Public Relations, Marketing, Stylist, Modeling, Publishing
What Students Say About Their Internships
Children’s Bottoms and Activewear Team Intern at WalMart Corporate Headquarters
“I don’t know of any other company on the Fortune 500 list where the President and CEO will not only sit next to an intern before his presentation but also take a selfie with her.”
Retail Management Intern at Nordstrom
“Nordstrom has taught me things that no other company could, which will shape me to be a better business professional and future entrepreneur.”
Textiles Intern at Good Housekeeping Institute
“It was an amazing opportunity to work along side women of influence and authority in the industry while getting experience in product testing and public relations skills.”
Design Intern at Milly
“You will always run into difficult people in the work place. It’s important to learn from those relationships and to not lose sight of the reason why you are there.”
What Employers Say About TAM Interns
“[The TAM intern] was hands down the best intern we have ever had. She was professional, hard-working, trust-worthy and a joy to be around. She interacted perfectly with our celebrity clients and went to their homes and came to fittings on TV sets. She was perfection!!”
–Laura Farris Schuffman, TAM Advisory Board Member