As further support to scholarship recipients, the Fashion Scholarship Fund facilitates summer internships with prestigious fashion companies in cities across the United States. Designed to enhance scholars' experiences in preparation for their future careers, our exclusive internship program has reached 100% placement in a broad range of disciplines including design, buying, supply, finance, public relations, technology and merchandising, providing scholars an invaluable opportunity to learn from today's fashion industry titans.
100% internship placement
Fashion Industry's top companies
Opportunity for every passion
Scholars are invited to participate in an internship program with YMA FSF member companies in various cities across the US such as New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Dallas, Kansas City and Greensboro. Scholars have the opportunity to complete their internships at renowned fashion companies including:
Chanel, Coach, Derek Lam, Diane Von Furstenburg, The Doneger Group, Global Brands Group, Greg Norman Collection, Helmut Lang, Kate Spade, Kohl's, Levi Strauss & Co., Lord & Taylor, Macy's, Nautica, NEST Fragrances, NYDJ, Oscar de la Renta, PVH, Ralph Lauren, Randa Accessories, Ross Stores, Under Armour, and Vince Camuto, and more.
FSF Internship Fair
The day following our Annual Awards Gala in January, the FSF hosts an Internship Fair where scholars can get a jump start on summer internship positions by having a brief "meet and greet" with more than 30 Talent Acquisition teams from top FSF donor companies.
Interns located in New York City will have access to our exclusive summer event series, which include special networking opportunities, speaking engagements with fashion icons, and over 20 Breakfast With The Boss events hosted by some of New York's most talented executives. These opportunities are designed to give interns an invaluable interaction with the fashion industry and many of its most influential leaders.
At A Glance: THE FIRSTHAND EXPERIENCE OF AN FSF INTERN
Kevin Crowley, 2014 Scholar in a letter to Executive Director, Doug Evans
My 2014 summer in the city has been such a unique and amazing experience. I really have to credit all of the amazing opportunities to the YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund. All of the breakfasts and intern social events have really been such amazing experiences for networking and learning.
Because of my scholarship through YMA I successfully gained an internship this summer with LFUSA (now known as Global Brands Group). I was a menswear design intern focusing on graphics and apparel. Through the Internship social event back in January, I was able to sit down with Human Resources at LFUSA and show them my portfolio and really convince them that I wanted to intern with them.
It really was being in the city this summer, though, that allowed me to grow my networking book and meet so many influential people that have shaped the way I view and interact with the industry. I think I attended 16 "Breakfasts with the Bosses" this summer and they were all very informative. I personally loved Daniela Vitale (COO of Barneys), Michael Mombello (SVP of Design at PVH), and Mia Dellosso Caputo (Creative Director of Mens at Kenneth Cole). The bosses were always so encouraging and really responsive when emailed which was great!
At Global Brands Group this summer, all 40 interns were broken up into six groups and they were to present a final project during the final week of our internship. I was the only YMA Scholar in my group but I really took every opportunity that was presented and put it into the group project. Towards the end, my group members were all saying that they wanted to be YMA scholars as well! My group ended up winning the overall project and in addition to an added $1,000, we were also able to present our project to Senior Executives of the company which was really exciting. I know that my experiences with YMA were all part of the overwhelming reason why my group was successful. Speaking with professionals about presentations, the industry, and business skills, were all helpful additions to my group's presentation.
I wanted to thank everyone at YMA for all of their support and constant feedback throughout the summer. Marie Colletta was always just an email away if anything had gone wrong and really treats us all like one of her own children. Doug Evans was always there to give us his feedback from a non fashion perspective which was so good to hear. He really has such compassion and care for all of us scholars. And Jenna Liss was such a good friend and intern this summer as well. She really accurately captured what the breakfasts and events meant to all of us. I can't wait to work with her in the future.
I really loved this summer and am planning on applying again next year and hope that if I win the scholarship again, that next summer can be half as great as this one was! Thanks again so much to all of the board members and bosses I have interacted with over the last 3 months. I look forward to my future experiences with YMA.
2014 YMA Scholar