Careers and Internships
Internships provide students with on-site professional experience, and are an essential connection to a student's future in the fashion industry. Students apply the knowledge, skills, and professionalism learned in the classroom to actual practices in the fashion business.
FTT 488 Internship
FTT 488 is an upper-division class for juniors and seniors in the Fashion and Textile Technology Department.
- Internships are three credits, and you may take up to two internships (one per semester) at SUNY Buffalo State.
- Students must complete 120 hours per internship, and students may not duplicate locations.
FTT Internship Examples
NYC, NY: Marchesa, Max Mara, Wilhelmina Models, Marc Jacobs, Aiden Mattox, Kay Unger, Phillip Lim, Red Light PR, The Row, Lyst, Tom Ford, Talbots, Coach, Teen Vogue, Lyn Devon Designer, Jump Design Group, Tiger J, Bevin Dillon and more.
Buffalo, NY: New Era, Blush Boutique, Village Designs, Bureau Veritas, MMW Style Studio, Buffalo Spree Magazine, Target, Blum's Swim, Made by Anatomy, The Factory Buffalo, Michael Kors, Thin Ice, Napoli's, Janie's Emporium, Head Over Heels, ShoeFly, Tony Walker, Fisher-Price, Delaware North, Second Chic, I'm Livin B, Franci Jewelry, 26 Shirts, Alleyway Theater, Red Disk, Black Monarchy, Trend Up and more.
Rochester, NY: Lovely Bride, Shop Peppermint, Jill Bates Fashion, Adrian Jules, and more.
Registering for FTT 488
Make an appointment
If you are looking for a fall 2022/spring 2023 internship, please make an appointment with Ms. Habes. It is imperative to brainstorm and research opportunities in your field.
Finding an internship is the responsibility of the student. your coach is here to help, but it is up to the student to network and professionally ask for an internship.
Complete CDC Workshops
The Career Development Center is an excellent resource on campus.
Please fill out the Career Development Center Workshops Verification Form by attending the following workshops*:
- Résumé writing
- Cover letter writing
- Interview techniques
*You may take them individually or as a special 3-in-1 (recommended) workshop.
Create Your Résumé and Cover Letter
Apply for an Internship
FTT has fostered partnerships in Buffalo and New York City, providing students with connections to internships through our alumni network and beyond. Students are encouraged to explore all opportunities through hard work, research and determination.
Please contact Ms. Habes to discuss your options further at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Create Your Internship Learning Agreement
Once students have found an internship, they must create an internship proposal that will act as a contract between the student and the business. You and your internship supervisor will sign the Internship Learning Agreement and send it to Ms. Habes.
Learning agreement template> Word Doc
Register for FTT 488
Upon acceptance into the course, Ms. Habes will give you an override.
Preparing for Career Coaching
Please review the following career coaching questions before reaching out to Ms. Habes.
What's your story?
Before your appointment, spend some time thinking about what motivates you, what you feel passionate about, and what have you enjoyed doing in the past. Jot down your thoughts and be willing to share them with your coach. When answering questions about your story, try not to edit yourself too much as you share your experiences, thoughts, and ideas. Your coach will look for insights to help you identify your personal career goals, and then help you plan your next steps to achieve these.
Is your current résumé an accurate reflection of your personal brand?
Your résumé is a way to communicate your experience and qualifications with hiring professionals and a strong résumé will open the doors to an interview. Your résumé should be tailored to the job for which you’re applying with special attention to incorporating keywords from the organization’s job description.
A résumé is not the only tool you may need to open doors. You may want to share your personal brand by creating a website or electronic portfolio to showcase your work experiences, academic achievements, certifications, awards, blogs, graphics, or other examples that paint a clear picture of who you are. You may also need to update your social media sites to include more relevant information as you connect with people in your field. Be sure not to post inappropriate content that could harm your chances of employment.
Your coach can help you navigate these decisions to ensure you’re using the best tools to showcase your many talents and making a good impression with hiring managers.
What are your strengths and weaknesses?
Your coach will work with you to set up goals to achieve your career goals. However, if you have obligations or barriers that are going to make completing these steps difficult, you need to communicate these. Before your scheduled appointment with your coach, spend some time thinking about any commitments or barriers you may be facing that may limit your ability to reach goals. Your coach will help you to find ways to overcome barriers and accommodate your plan so you can reach your goals and be successful.