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Textile Design students to intern at ANN INC.

Four final year students have been chosen to embark on year-long internships at the international fashion retailer's New York Office

Textile design fabric swatch
Bethany Faulkner's winning design

Four students from the BA (Hons) Textile Design course at Nottingham Trent University (NTU) have been offered internships with international fashion retailer ANN INC., marking the largest International Design Internship class in the company's history. It is also the first time they have selected talent to support each of their three brands; Ann Taylor, LOFT and Lou & Grey.

Bethany Faulkner, Stav Joseph, Eleanor Kealey and Chloe Toone will embark on the ANN INC. International Design Internship Programme this autumn, which offers a world-class design opportunity to NTU graduates at the company's head offices in New York.  After a rigorous application process, highly talented graduating students are selected as temporary Design Assistants to provide specialist support to various design categories at ANN INC.

Stav Joseph stood in the Bonington Gallery
Stav Joseph

The internship opportunity was open to all final-year students studying Textile Design. Those interested in applying were asked to submit a project proposal in February. From there, the cohort was shortlisted down to eight students, who were invited to attend an interview and given the chance to present their work to the panel.

Amanda Pace, HR Manager at ANN INC., said: “We were completely blown away by the calibre of talent at NTU. Words cannot express just how impressed we were with the creativity, innovation and quality of the work that was presented during our day-trip to Nottingham. There was not one student we met with that would not have been an incredible asset to the ANN INC. team.”

Chloe Toone stood in the Bonington Gallery
Chloe Toone

She continued: “Due to the calibre of talent, we were able to make offers to four highly talented students who will each support one of our three brands in the fall of 2017.”

The students will be completely immersed in the business through hands-on learning, and will be given opportunities to expand their technical skillsets and commercial knowledge by working side-by-side with designers from across lots of different departments at ANN INC.

They will regularly attend developmental classes and business meetings, gaining executive exposure. They will also be working on collaborative team projects, which will result in a final capsule collection.

Ellie Kealey stood in the Bonington Gallery
Ellie Kealey

When asked how she felt to have been selected, Ellie Kealey told us: “I was so excited and in shock! I really didn’t think I would have been chosen, but am so grateful for the opportunity and can’t wait for the year ahead.”

"I think the whole experience will be amazing, starting my first job and moving to New York. But I think I am most looking forward to the experiences within the job role, and the new tasks I will be challenged with."

Discussing the course more broadly, she said: "I would strongly recommend Textile Design at NTU, because it gives you so many different learning opportunities. There are no limitations to how you want to explore textiles. I have gained great contacts and had lots of opportunities to work within industry."

Bethany Faulkner stood in the Bonington Gallery
Bethany Faulkner

On what she was most looking forward to, Bethany Faulkner said: “Walking down a New York street and seeing someone wearing my designs! I think that will be the most rewarding feeling."

"I’m also just really excited to work with the ANN INC. team; we’ve been in contact a lot throughout the whole process, so it’s going to be really nice to finally work with them.”

She added: "I still don’t think it has really sunk in that by the end of the year, I'll have a whole new life in New York. It’s been my absolute dream since I was little! I'm still in shock, but I am so happy that they saw potential in my designs."

Tina Downes, Principle Lecturer for Textile Design, said: “The ANN INC. projects are a golden opportunity for our fashion-focused textile designers to engage in international brand-driven design briefs. Having one-year graduate internships based in New York as the prize is a real motivating factor.”

Praising the partnership, she continued: “After several years of working with ANN INC., we have developed strong working relationships; the talent scouts, design teams and our own alumni get really involved in briefing out and interviewing the students to select the winners. We are really impressed with the support our graduates get and the fact ANN INC. stays connected with them after the internship ends.”

Textile Design students to intern at ANN INC.

Published on 20 June 2017
  • Category: Culture; School of Art & Design

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