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NYC Fashion Forward Will Offer Paid Internships in the Industry This Summer

The initiative, backed by the CFDA, Mayor Bill de Blasio and the New York City Economic Development Corporation, has partnered with at least 22 fashion companies citywide.
Coach fall 2016 show during New York Fashion Week. Photo: Randy Brooke/Getty Images

Coach fall 2016 show during New York Fashion Week. Photo: Randy Brooke/Getty Images

On Monday morning, Gabrielle Fialkoff, senior advisor to Mayor Bill de Blasio, announced the launch of NYC Fashion Forward — a public-private partnership backed by the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City, the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) and the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) — which will create a significant amount of paid internships to local students who aspire to work in fashion.

"Connecting our young people to valuable internship opportunities is not just about creating a career launching pad. NYC Fashion Forward is also shaping a homegrown talent pool that will satisfy the fashion industry's growing demand for diverse and loyal employees," says Fialkoff in a statement. "Together, we can ensure that our young people, our businesses and our city are better prepared to compete in the 21st century economy." Added Steven Kolb, president and CEO of the CFDA, "Most fashion careers start with the internship, which offers valuable insights into the industry."

The initiative will provide 100 selected high school students and college undergrads with paid internships at a slew of fashion companies (22 and counting so far) with a wide range of specialities — fashion and jewelry design, public relations, manufacturing, etc. — throughout New York City. Applications are currently available by the NYC Ladders for Leaders program until Apr. 15, and candidates are expected to go through a "rigorous application and selection process." Those who are chosen for the NYC Fashion Forward initiative will receive up to 30 hours of preemployment training, and the internship will officially kick off in July. Students will work around 25 hours per week for a span of six weeks.

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The NYCEDC is responsible for funding 60 of the program's jobs (mainly for small- to midsized companies), while the Mayor's Fund and CFDA will work alongside participating larger companies to provide the remaining, fully funded 40 internships. NYC Fashion Forward is still accepting participating fashion companies, so those who are interested in providing a paid internship this summer can contact the CFDA or the NYC Center for Youth Employment. A full list of employers that have signed on to the program thus far are listed below:

And if you want to widen your internship search in New York City and beyond, check out our careers page for the latest opportunities in the industry.

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