Internship experience plays a critical role in preparation for life after graduation. Design and merchandising students are encouraged to seek out internships during summer breaks or throughout the school year as their schedule permits. Faculty provide networking opportunities with professionals through field trips, job-shadowing, and guest speakers in the classroom. Students can apply for internships or part-time work with university offices and departments on campus or with businesses in downtown Bloomington. International internships are also available to merchandising and design students, integrating professional opportunities with rich cultural experiences.
Apparel Merchandising and Fashion Design students typically enroll in SOAD-X 373 Internship in Professional Practice to earn credit for unpaid summer internships with retail companies in New York or other locations. Interior Design students set up summer internships with residential or commercial design firms in their hometowns or other desirable locations where they may have contacts. Students often participate in two or more internships during their undergraduate studies to gain a range of professional experience and exposure to different retail and design sectors.