|Kayla with two of her fellow interns at DKNY|
1. Where did you work and what type of textile products do they make/handle?
This summer I worked as a design & sweaters intern for DKNY and DKNY Pure (Ready To Wear) in New York City. The company works with garments and accessories within the fashion industry.
2. Describe a typical day at your internship.
There really wasn’t a typical day at my internship this summer. Each day was so different from the next, which kept me on my toes. While working in the design department there would be some days where I would help the designers with print work development, fittings, and handle in/outgoing garments. While working in the sweater room my responsibilities shifted more towards knitting samples, handling spec sheets, and knit downs for production.
|Kayla and two interns met Miss America (second from the right), while volunteering at the OCFR Super Saturday. This is an event in the Hamptons which donates all proceeds to ovarian cancer research foundations.|
3. Is there something about the internship/industry/company that surprised you?
I think the only things that really surprised me were the great opportunities that this company has to offer. They are so excited for their interns to be hands on and grow within the company/fashion industry. DKNY was so open to teaching their interns about networking, teamwork interaction, building your resume, and creating an identity within the office.
4. How do you anticipate this internship experience impacting your work at PhilaU?
My overall experience at my internship will only impact my work at Philadelphia University in a positive way. I am so inspired to create new concepts and textiles that reflect my skills I have obtained. This internship has really set my goals high for school, work, and my future career decisions. The impact of this internship has really made me curious and interested to learn more about the industry and what it has to offer. There is always room to grow as a designer, and this internship was the biggest and most rewarding stepping stone.
|Kayla and her sister, a current employee at DKNY, at the intern goodbye lunch.|