Senior Emily Csengody is interning for Calvin Klein in New York City this summer, a position she equates to winning the lottery.
“At least that’s what it feels like to me,” she said. “I work in the brand’s fashion office with 11 of the most creative, talented, knowledgeable and influential individuals that I’ve met in the fashion industry.”
Csengody is working as an assistant to photographers and stylists, helping coordinate fashion shoots and fittings.
One of her most memorable experiences to date was assisting famous French stylist Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele with an upcoming fragrance campaign.
“I got to spend the entire day working alongside Carlyne observing her styling tactics and admiring her remarkable French accent,” Csengody said.
While in New York, Csengody has been taking the opportunity to network with professionals, making sure she introduces herself and follows up with them on social media. She is also assisting her sister and brother-in-law as they prepare to open a restaurant in the city.
Although she feels fortunate to have snagged the internship, it’s taken more than luck to work for the prestigious company.
“I cannot thank Stephens enough for the preparation for my internship with Calvin Klein,” Csengody said. “From the fashion terminology I learned and all the classes I have completed, I have been able to confidently accomplish all projects and tasks assigned to me. My first week, I was asked to pack a styling kit to send abroad to Amsterdam. I felt incredibly prepared and even contacted my teacher thanking her for her excellent advice.”
What she loves most about the fashion program at Stephens are the real world opportunities.
“It allows us to experience real life situations that would happen in the fashion industry,” she said. “Last semester, I was a part of the Fashion Show Production class and got to be a part of building the fashion show from the ground up. The whole experience took months of work, but my classmates and I had something to show for it. This experience prepared me for entering the fashion industry and to know what to expect if I ever decide to go into fashion show production.”
Csengody said her internship has given her a better understanding of the modeling industry, as well, experience that will come in handy when she goes after her dream job of styling editorial spreads for a high fashion magazine.
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