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Internships

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

BCBG Max Azria – New York, NY, Vernon, CA
Versace-USA – New York, NY
Nautica (VF Sportswear) – New York, NY
Roman and Sunstone – St. Louis, MO
DRI – Kansas City, MO
Under Armour – Baltimore, MD
Elizabeth and James – New York, NY
Hampshire Group – New York, NY
Weissman Dance – St. Louis, MO
B The Collection – St. Louis, MO
Titleist – Carlsbad, CA
Nike- Beaverton, Oregon
Oscar De La Renta – New York, NY
Nanette LePore – New York, NY
Donna Karen – New York, NY
Norma Kamali – New York, NY
The Normal Brand – St. Louis, MO
Arch Apparel- St. Louis, MO
Kendra Scott – Austin, TX
Maui Jim Sunglasses – Lahaina, HI
ZAC Zac Posen – New York, NY
Buck Mason – Venice, CA
Citizens of Humanity – Los Angeles, CA
Coconut Groves Intimates – New York, NY
Cynthia Rowley – New York, NY
Marc Jacobs – New York, NY
Milly – New York, NY
VERA WANG – New York, NY
Kleinfeld Bridal – New York, NY
Honey Punch – Los Angeles, CA
Underwriters Laboratories – Bentonville, AK
Rebecca Minkoff – New York, NY
Soft Surroundings – St. Louis, MO

Retail Buying Merchandising Office

Macy’s – New York, NY
JC Penney – Plano, TX
MU Bookstore – Columbia, MO
Walmart – Bentonville, AK
QVC – Philadelphia, PA
Von Maur – Davenport, IA
Kohl’s – Menomonee Falls, WI
White House Black Market – Fort Myers, FL
Abercrombie & Fitch – Columbus, OH
Lee Jeans – Merriam, KS
Ascena Retail Group, Justice – New Albany OH

Promotions, Public Relations, Marketing, Stylist, Modeling, Publishing

Rent The Runway – New York, NY
Major Model Management – New York, NY
Jan Strimple Productions – Dallas, TX
Lands’ End – Dodgeville, WI
Home Shopping Network – St. Petersburg, FL
Elle – New York, NY
Esquire – New York, NY
Agentry PR – New York, NY
Premium Retail Services – St. Louis, MO
The A List – Beverly Hills, CA
BMF Media – New York, NY, Austin, TX
Next Model Management – Beverly Hills
Erin McSherry Stylist LLC – New York, NY
Salehi & Schuffman – Los Angeles, CA
Bridal Salon NYC – New York, NY
Trunk Club – Dallas, TX, Chicago, IL
Issues & Answers – Virginia Beach, VA
10 Squared PR – Atlanta, GA

Retail Management

Dillards – Various locations
Nordstrom – Various locations
Buckle – Various locations
Kohl’s – Various locations
Macy’s – Various locations
Target – Various locations
Von Maur- Various locations
Ann Taylor – Various locations
Maurices – Various locations
Swank – Columbia, MO
Paperdolls Boutique – Ballwin, MO
Kirkland’s – Hendersonville, TN
Ross Dress for Less- Chicago, IL
AKIRA – Chicago, IL
Altar’d State – St. Louis, MO

Visual Merchandising

Build-A-Bear – St. Louis, MO
Michaels Kors – New York, NY
Paper Source – Chicago, IL


What Students Say About Their Internships

Molly Roland and Greg Foran

Molly Rolan
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.”

Felicia Dilworth

Felicia Dilworth
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.”

Elizabeth Dickenson

Elizabeth Dickenson
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.”

Taylor Brooks

Taylor Brooks
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