Karen Kane’s internship program allows participants to learn about the fashion industry in a dynamic, real-world setting. It is designed to recruit and train talented individuals with growth potential at the company, and industry in general. Internships are available year-round in Los Angeles, New York, and around the country. Each term lasts approximately 3 months depending on candidate’s availability and schedule.
In order to maximize each intern’s unique skills, the Los Angeles internship program is individually focused and customized to provide a specific focus on design, marketing & publicity, sales, and/or production. The ideal candidate is someone who is self-motivated, hungry to learn, and wants to understand the full scope of how garments are produced from design to delivery. Several positions are available, and depending on interest, candidates can specify which of the follow departments they would like to focus on most while at Karen Kane: design, marketing, retail, and/or production. Internships will be located at the company’s headquarters in Vernon.
The New York internship program is designed to provide students with valuable experience and practical work skills through hands-on merchandising, multi-level communication, and sales skills in a corporate setting. Students will work with account executives, showroom assistants, and the Vice President of Sales to learn about the different tasks and responsibilities of the buying process. By the end of their term with Karen Kane, interns will understand the Karen Kane product and the various relationships at different levels of the corporate fashion world.
Internships are available with retail merchandisers around the country. Students will learn about the basics of the Karen Kane Retail Merchandiser program and gain valuable exposure to the retail environment. Availability varies by location and timing year-round.
Skills vary depending on department. All candidates must be proficient with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. For design and marketing, working knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite (CS4+) is strongly preferred.
University of Alabama, Fall Intern
"My internship experience at Karen Kane was nothing short of fantastic! I got great hands on experience working in the corporate fashion world in New York City. I assisted account executives with many projects in excel, which included weekly selling reports, end of the month group selling, and many more. I was also given the chance to sit in on market appointments to learn how the buying process between the account executives and the buyers works. Also during the internship, I was given the opportunity to learn what the retail merchandisers do on a daily basis. I would assist in merchandising the stores as well as assisting customers. I would highly recommend this internship program to anyone who is interested in a career in fashion. Everyone at Karen Kane was eager to teach me skills that were valuable to my fashion career, and everyone had something new and different to teach! This was overall a wonderful semester, and I urge anyone who is interested in learning more about the corporate fashion industry to apply!"
Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, Spring Intern
"Interning at Karen Kane was an amazing opportunity! The program allowed me to grow and strengthen my skills, as well as learn many new ones by sharing my ideas and receiving constructive feedback. I was able to experience different areas of the design process and work directly with Karen, which is really unique compared to other internship programs. Overall, I am truly grateful for all the things that I learned throughout my time in the program. Currently, I'm studying product development and manufacturing at FIDM, while also working as a design assistant at Karen Kane!"
Georgia Institute of Technology, Summer Intern
"As an intern at Karen Kane, I was given the opportunity to learn the corporate side of fashion right in the heart of New York! This program introduced me to the extensive process of sales analytics after each season as well as in-store merchandising during the season. I was even able to experience “Market Week” where buyers from Macy’s, Bloomingdales, Lord and Taylor and more came to our office to purchase our new lines each season which was absolutely incredible. I had the pleasure of working under VP, Tiffany Bowe, and really enjoyed the creative, upbeat and trendy office dynamic I was surrounded by everyday.
I am currently pursuing a degree in technology and management and am so happy to say that I am planning to work in the corporate fashion industry when I graduate after interning for Karen Kane this summer. I am so thankful to have had this amazing opportunity and would definitely encourage other fashion-lovers like me to apply here for an unforgettable experience."