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Monday, May 9, 2016

NYC Fashion Forward Internships 2016

Aspiring fashionistas from the five boroughs are gaining a marvelous opportunity to jump start a career in New York City’s most glamorous industry (yes, I mean the fashion industry).

Gabrielle Fialkoff, senior advisor to Mayor Bill de Blasio, announced the launch of NYC Fashion Forward which appears to be 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).  The program plans to create a significant amount of paid internships to local students who aspire to work in fashion.

NYC Fashion Forward includes 100 paid spots at designers, including Alice + Olivia, J Crew and Coach.

The city announced on Monday a new program that connects high school and college students with internships in fashion.

Students can apply for NYC Fashion Forward through the Ladders for Leaders program.  Internships run for six weeks, starting in July.  Salaries vary depending on the designer.

For the summer of 2016, as part of NYC Fashion Forward, NYCEDC will commit to financially back 60 summer jobs, created in collaboration with the Mayor’s Fund, the CFDA and the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development, that pair participating students with employers that will be able to best offer real world training and mentorship. In addition, the Mayor’s Fund and CFDA will work with prominent, large-scale fashion firms across the city to create the remaining 40 employer-funded summer internships.   

The following employers have committed to host young people this year through NYC Fashion Forward:

3.1 Phillip Lim
Alice + Olivia
David Wolfson & Associates, Inc.
Design Incubator Inc.
Designers & Agents
Diane von Furstenberg
J. Crew
Haskell Jewels LLC
Kate Spade & Company
Krupp Group
Lulu Frost
Maison De Mode
Melissa Joy Manning
New York Embroidery Studio
Nicholas K
Opening Ceremony
Rachel Comey
Timo Weiland
Tommy Hilfiger

NYC Fashion Forward is part of the NYC Center for Youth Employment’s ongoing efforts to create pipelines of young talent into our city’s industries, in order to build employment services that meet the needs of both the youngest New Yorkers and city business. Launched in May 2015 by the Mayor’s Fund, the NYC Center for Youth Employment has a specific goal of supporting 100,000 unique work-related experiences each year, including high-quality summer jobs, career exposure, skills-building, and supportive mentorships, by 2020. In collaboration with city agencies, employers and other stakeholders, the Center is also focused on evaluating the city’s youth workforce system as a whole, with an eye toward expanding effective programs and filling in gaps.   

Are you familiar with the MADE Fashion Week and Made in NY?

Announced by Mayor Bill de Blasio in February 2015 at MADE Fashion Week, the ambitious suite of ‘Made in NY’ fashion initiatives tripled the City’s investment in the local fashion economy from $5 million to $15 million. Part of the City’s expansion of its signature ‘Made in NY’ program, the new fashion initiatives set out to cultivate a robust pipeline of fashion industry talent within New York City, catalyze growth of emerging creative businesses, and support fashion manufacturing facilities across all five boroughs.  To date, the initiatives have showcased over 150 local fashion brands to an estimated 650 million people; connected emerging businesses with over 75 industry-leading mentors; generated $500,000 in sales for New York City-based designers; and awarded over $4.5 million in financing and prizes to emerging and small businesses.

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