During summer 2016, ten IU students held internships in Hong Kong:
- Four were placed with Burberry
- Three were placed with Fossil
- Two were placed with Carter's
- One was placed with Phillips Van Heusen.
Interns worked in a variety of positions such as promotions, data analysis, marketing, sourcing, and planning.
This course is an off-campus supervised and coordinated field study program in fashion and related industries in Hong Kong. The primary goal of this course is to enhance student learning through firsthand knowledge of the global apparel business environment in Hong Kong. Through it, students will be able to broaden their understanding of the international fashion business environment and apply their knowledge within a field experience setting. Instructors will provide one-on-one guidance through initial meetings on campus in Bloomington and via e-mail, Skype, and Canvas while students are abroad.
Students will work at their internship site during regular business hours Monday-Friday, leaving weekends free. This International Internship Program features a 2 day welcome-to-Hong Kong orientation program, followed by an 8-week unpaid internship. A full-time, on-site Academic Internship Institute of Hong Kong staff member will serve as the students contact while in Hong Kong and assist with any problems or questions that may arise. Preference will be given to students majoring in Apparel Merchandising and Fashion Design with a demonstrated interest in pursuing a career in the fashion industry after graduation and a GPA of 2.75 or higher. The Hong Kong internship program includes shared accommodations, airport pick-up and drop-off in Hong Kong, welcome lunch and farewell dinner in Hong Kong. No airfare is included in the program fee. Students are responsible for all flight arrangements and for arriving at Hong Kong airports at designated pick-up times.
In addition, participants are responsible completing the necessary documents for an appropriate training visa required to work in Hong Kong; the cost of the visa is included in the program fee of approximately $6,000.00. Weekly meal expenses, entertainment costs, local travel to/from one's internship placement, and optional travel excursions are not included in the program fee.
The Hong Kong program includes shared accommodation in small apartments with a mini-fridge. From their accommodation, students will be able to take public transportation to their internship placements. Depending on the intern site, transportation could take an hour each way. Optional excursions from Hong Kong are available on the weekends and may be purchased for an additional fee. Students are responsible for paying for their meals.
Internships will run for 8 weeks from mid-June to early August.