Inside Graduate Studies

Internships Pave the Way for a Road to a Job

Posted by LIM College on Tue, Oct 06, 2015 @ 02:52 PM

by Laura Lynch

Internships give us insight as to where we might like to end up and when we find the right internship at the right company, it’s worth the effort of jumping through all those proverbial hoops to get the full time job. But how do you get there? 

First things first, when you’re applying for internships, always apply to places you could potentially see yourself working. However, be realistic don’t apply to highly competitive internships if you have no internship experience at all. Also, try to do multiple internships if you can because you can never have too much experience.

I had a classmate who interned at Michael Kors two semesters in a row. When a position opened up she applied and spoke to her immediate supervisor who helped her practice for her interview, told her what to expect and helped her formulate questions to ask. She ended up getting a full-time job there, but the steps she took to get her that job are what ultimately helped her.

In my experience I’ve found that consistency is key as well as experience. My classmate had both of those things working for her. She interned at Michael Kors during the spring and summer. The whole time she was there she made an effort to be as involved in the company as she possibly could. She went to meetings, took notes, gave suggestions, and really put in the effort to be present.

At the end of the day your internship should take on the role of shaping your work ethic. If you show up and do exactly what you’re supposed to that isn’t necessarily going to set you apart from other interns.

BE PRESENT! Make the effort to really know your job and the people you work with. Participate when you can and give useful suggestions if you think your team will be open to it. (Interns are sometimes required to sit in productivity meetings, but that isn’t necessarily an invitation for input).

Always go the extra mile and be persistent. Always inquire about jobs and apply to positionss that fit your skill set. Most of all, utilize the connections you make and may very well succeed in turning that internship into a job.

Topics: internships, job search, Michael Kors

How to Build a Killer Resume

Posted by LIM College on Fri, Oct 02, 2015 @ 12:58 PM

by Caroline Franco

We all know way too well the stress that goes into building a resume. It's a haunting and daunting activity we all dread doing. (Well, at least I dread it.) From the right font, to the right adjectives, spacing, and even header, how can we get it right?

Elle Woods, from Legally Blonde, knew exactly how to build a killer resume and you can too! Aside from having it pink and scented, (Honestly, I tried the scented trick and it didn't work...Just ended up with a stained and soggy resume.), you too can, walk up to any person and be as confident as Elle was when she handed Professor Callahan her resume.

For starters, realize that you won't get it right the first time or the second, but that's okay because practice makes it perfect. Trying to build a resume is extremely time consuming and entails a very significant amount of dedication. When I first began my resume, I must say I thought I was doing pretty well until a second pair of eyes looked at it and showed me that it was just a bunch of nonsense.

Resumes aren't really about how much experience you have, I mean it is, but the content of it is more valuable than a bunch of random positions listed, which doesn't match the position you're searching for. For example: Listing that I was a lifeguard for four years on my resume won't help me find my dream job in a fashion magazine—But hey, at least they'll know I'm certified in CPR. Bonus! Not really. List jobs and experiences that you've had in the past that put you in the spotlight as the perfect candidate.

Lucky for us LIM'ers we can have a professional extra pair of eyes to help build the best resume you'll ever have. If you ever need someone to take a look at your resume to see what needs to be changed, every Monday and Tuesday there are “Express Appointments” for graduate and alumni students who need a resume boost. This only takes about ten minutes and it will sure help you in the long run. 

The dates and times are listed below and don't be afraid of reaching out to an advisor: They're here to guide you in the right direction.

Dates: Monday's and Tuesday's from now through December 4th

Time: 3 pm – 5 pm

Location: Maxwell Hall, 8th Floor

Next stop, your dream job!

Topics: resume, eecm, job search, stress

Looking for an Internship or Job? Utilize Your Professor's Experience and Contacts.

Posted by LIM College on Wed, Sep 30, 2015 @ 03:14 PM

by Laura Lynch

When looking for an internship or a job, utilizing your professors and school services can really help. From my own experiences, let me tell you, it has truly made a difference.

I had the privilege of having the most encouraging professor during my internship class. She did her best to impart knowledge on interviewing, resume writing, and the like.

However, of all of of these physical lessons, perhaps the best one was connecting with me on LinkedIn. This turned out to be the most valuable asset I could have ever walked away with from that class.

Finding a job in New York is hard, and finding a full-time job in New York is even harder. To top that off, we work in very a competitive field. Your professors, through their industry experience, know people and have connections in companies that you may want to work for and you should never think twice about asking them for help.

Regarding my personal experience, I had been applying to jobs, but I never heard anything back about any of the positions I applied for and was used to that. One day I was on LinkedIn and saw the absolute perfect job for me at Tiffany’s & Co. and I saw that my professor was connected to the person who posted the job. So, I completed the application and emailed my professor to let her know I had applied and also sent her my cover letter and resume, which she sent directly to her contact. In a few short days I received an email from Tiffany's Human Resources Department thanking me for my application.

Ever since then I’ve sent emails periodically checking on the position. And while there hasn't been any further response as of yet, I can confidently say that I know that they know I will not give up if they don’t respond to me. 

Now of course, every job application doesn't turn into a job. But just knowing the right person can be all the difference in applying for a job and getting a job. Don't be afraid to ask for help because most professors are more than willing to help you. You just have to take the first step and ask.

Topics: internships, Jobs, LIM College Center for Graduate Studies, lim professors

Interning at Tommy Hilfiger

Posted by LIM College on Thu, Sep 24, 2015 @ 04:53 PM

by Jordana Urman

Starting graduate school is daunting. Throw in an internship and it can seem like your life is overloaded.

I interned at Tommy Hilfiger as a Marketing Intern throughout my first two semesters of the MPS Fashion Marketing Program. I interned at Tommy from mid-September to mid-April, from 9:30 am - 4:45 pm, three to four days a week, and on occasion five days a week.

Before attending LIM I had interned at Seventeen magazine, Iconix Brand Group, and Yliana Yepez. I learned a lot, but at Tommy, I truly felt like an employee and put my all into the Tommy position.

At Tommy, I was given the chance to work with both Retail and Wholesale, as well as Events. Slowly but surely, I was given more tasks. I worked my way to a position in which I was truly challenged.

I learned how to create distribution lists, buy sheets, and most importantly, I learned how to write creative briefs. By the time April came around I was writing three briefs a week. I worked hard, followed instructions and learned to work efficiently. I never turned down an assignment, no matter how basic or repetitive it was. My boss and the others came to trust me and rely on me.

The best advice I can give LIM students working as an intern is to always ask if anyone needs help. Whenever I had any second of downtime I would ask my boss if she needed help and, if she didn’t, I went from desk to desk just letting people know that I was available.

By doing that I started getting more tasks from the directors of both wholesale and retail. And, I started creating a network of people that knew that I could be an asset. Very few people stay with one organization their entire careers, so each person you impress is an opportunity for a job offer in the future.

It was tough balancing school and an internship. You have to be self-motivated to go to class and deal with schoolwork after a full day’s work when everyone else is going out to play.

And, it is stressful. Interning is like a semester long test. The grade you are looking for is an “ask back,” or a job. If you don’t pass, it doesn’t mess up your GPA, but if you do pass, it is a really rewarding feeling.

Remember why you are in the program. You want a career in fashion more than anything else. Work hard, stay focused, learn every day, and make an impact. This is the start of a beautiful life...

Topics: internship, retail, wholesale, LIM College Center for Graduate Studies, stress, Tommy Hilfiger

The Life of a Grad Student: How to Balance it All

Posted by LIM College on Wed, Sep 16, 2015 @ 03:36 PM

by Caroline Franco

Being a graduate student is kind of surreal. I'm beyond being a 'big girl' now, as I'm almost done with my Master's degree. I have real responsibilities and am definitely considered an adult, a cool one, that is. Although graduation couldn't come soon enough, (C'mon December!), I still have to manage my responsibilities: juggle life in the concrete jungle with internships, long commutes, and school, as well as my personal downtime.

How am I still sane? Lots of venti lattes, comfortable shoes, and of course, a great sense of humor. But the way I get through it all is by having two major things that I work with in my life: schedules and a positive mindset.

Schedules: The best way to keep me rational during crazy times is to make schedules. I love schedules and I'm pretty sure they love me back. Waking up at the break of dawn to make it to spinning class—is it really worth it if I already have so much on my plate? The answer is yes, because spinning makes me happy and I can fit that into my schedule. The key to balancing all of your responsibilities is taking time to do what makes you happy.

What I have never given up during stressful and hectic times is doing things for myself; things that may seem silly but make me happy. To some it may be getting a ten minute massage, going to grab coffee with a friend, or even hiking. Make schedules in advance with your school and work to balance out your needs, wants and demands!

Know when to prioritize tasks—prioritizing your tasks and responsibilities is essential to make life easier—that's why you create a list that starts out with the most important all the way down to the frivolous.

Mindset: You've probably already heard of the saying “You can do anything you set your mind to.” Benjamin Franklin was right. If you change the way your mind works and put a positive spin on it, you'll be able to accomplish more than you thought you would. I know, it might seem a tad cliched, but it's true. Seeing situations in a different perspective and changing how you're reacting to stressful job tasks, slow walkers, and a test in class can help you in the long run. Except for the slow walkers, no one has time for that.

As we all start a new semester, let's start off with a positive mindset and prioritizing your tasks. Life's good, and we have to enjoy every bit of it.

Topics: LIM College, mps, LIM College Center for Graduate Studies, balance, schedules

Get Technological Help at LIM College in Person or Online

Posted by LIM College on Fri, Sep 11, 2015 @ 02:07 PM

by Leah Francis

Headphones? Check. Flash drive? Check. Laptop. Check. 

So, you are ready for all the bits and bytes of a graduate school career at LIM College but, in addition to buying the hardware to rise to the top, you do need more. LIM offers a range of computer systems and services to help you excel. 

Ultimately, these are here to ease your workload. Having it easier is a main perk of living in this technological era so take advantage of everything. It is also necessary to compete effectively in this day and age.

How are you going to do all that? First, remember that there is the Help Desk on the second floor of Maxwell Hall open Monday through Thursday from 9 am to 8 pm and on Friday from 9 am to 5 pm. After getting over my urge to figure out things on my own I headed up there and they were a great help.

Next, if you haven’t already done this, make sure you connect your LIM email to your mobile phone. This way you can be notified immediately with messages from your professors, internships, job opportunities or any emergency. These can come at any time so periodically checking your email on a computer just isn’t as productive.

Furthermore, get the Blackboard Mobile Learn app from Google Play. It is a quick way to check homework assignments, read discussion board posts and general course information when you are not carrying your laptop or even when you are.

Moreover, if you do not have Microsoft Word or PowerPoint, two programs that are often used in class go to and download Microsoft Office. It is free for members of the college. The site will direct you on how to do this or you can make an appointment at with an IT staff person to walk you through it.

Lastly, one of my favorites is the scanner in the library computer lab. If any of your books are taking a while to get here or get stuck in the mail, you can scan copies of the chapters you need onto your flash drive and print them out.

Once you get these basics done pick up the Office of Information Technology sheet available on the wall next to the Help Desk. It details topics such as where to find the MACS to getting direct contact information to the IT department. There really is an abundance of additional technological offerings that you can explore here at LIM.

Topics: LIM College, technology, help desk, blackboard, footprints

Internship: Jimmy Choo

Posted by LIM College on Wed, Aug 26, 2015 @ 03:26 PM

by Nicola Andersen

Jimmy_ChooSince I began the MPS in Fashion Merchandising and Retail Management program at LIM College's Center for Graduate Studies back in January 2015, I have heard consistent feedback from most of my professors when I tell them I want to become a buyer: “Are you good at math?”

Each of my professors stressed the importance of math skills in the buying profession, especially because the role has become glamorized and admired by outsiders..

I never imagined pursuing a career which would require the heavy use of Excel or working with numbers on a daily basis, but I have been fortunate enough to be interning for the retail department at Jimmy Choo, the London based luxury brand and purveyor of stunning shoes, handbags, and accessories for both women and men.

As a retail intern, I have learned a great deal about the daily tasks of a buyer and planner. Rather unsurprisingly, my professors were spot-on with their responses. Although buying has creative and product-oriented aspects, a large part of this occupation is assessing sell-through statistics and learning to spend budget wisely. It’s all about the numbers!

Each week at Jimmy Choo, the other retail interns and I complete sell-through reports for the week prior, helping the team to analyze sales broken down by boutique, collection, and individual styles or SKUs. The constant study of how well a particular style is selling, according to the North American territory buyer, helps to advise how to buy for future seasons. As the buyer explained to me, going to market and deciding on styles and quantities is based not only on fashion instinct, but the hard numbers which demonstrate what is likely to sell and which trends are waning.

For anyone considering a career path in buying, remember that it is numbers oriented (as I have noted from my experience so far), but rewarding in many other ways. Although I was initially overwhelmed and hesitant to chase a job which requires a great understanding of sales figures, I am thus far excited by the prospect of becoming a buyer.

Gaining the responsibility of a buyer, to choose what is made available to the consumer for purchase and ultimately help the company make profit is exhilarating for me. What I have gathered from my internship is that this position is fitting for anyone seeking a dynamic role which combines many facets of the fashion industry.

Topics: mps, internship, fashion merchandising, retail management, jimmy choo, LIM College Center for Graduate Studies, intern

Tips for Grad Students

Posted by LIM College on Thu, Aug 20, 2015 @ 03:32 PM

Daria_Fashion1. Time Management

Between classes, exams, papers and presentations, as a grad student time management will be one of your biggest challenges, especially if you’re working full-time. However, that’s okay, as you are the master of your own schedule.

Keep a to-do list and keep it prioritized. Schedule time to spend on classwork each day. Even if you only have 20 minute blocks. Seriously, you can cover a lot of good stuff in those mere minutes! Just as important, the material will stay fresh in your mind.

2. Prioritization

The second you start grad school you will be off and running. Make sure you accomplish what you need to sooner rather than later. Do not procrastinate. For example, if you have a huge project you probably need to tackle it piece by piece. Get started and… GO!

3. Go with the flow

There will always be interruptions and distractions. Get that into your head now so you don’t freak out when a family member or friend interrupts you. (I thought YOU took out the garbage!) 

When you are interrupted by others or there are urgent tasks you need to do, ask yourself: "What is the most important thing I can do right now? What is the most urgent?" Use your answer to plan your time and get back on track.

If you start feeling anxious about a task or something you need to remember, be chill! Write down what you need to do, take a few deep breaths, and get back to work. 

4. Take advantage of professors and professional contacts

Your professors have years of experience in the field, as well as amazing contacts. Utilize them! Ask their opinions. They want to help you!

Also, any other contacts you make outside of school or during your internship are also worthwhile. Work on cultivating relationships early on, and not just when you need a recommendation or are looking for a job.

5. Take the initiative

No one in grad school is going to hold your hand and show you what you need to do. It’s all up to you, baby! You are expected to be independent whether you have questions about a big assignment, financial aid, finding an internship or anything else. Take the initiative and get your questions answered. Your professors will also appreciate you coming to them sooner rather than later.

6. Be social

Take advantage of what LIM has to offer, whether it’s the CEO Speaker Series, a lecture, a student group that supports your interests or free pizza in the student lounge. You are allowed to take breaks!

We hope you find these tips useful! 

Mary Beth Maslowski

Topics: graduate school, grad school, LIM Graduate Studies, LIM Grad Student

There's Still Time for Summer Fun in NYC!

Posted by LIM College on Wed, Aug 19, 2015 @ 02:04 PM

Yes, you're probably counting down the last days of summer, but it's not over yet! Check out these free events in NYC and get to some of them... before it's too late!

kayak1. Go kayaking in Brooklyn.

Ride the “waves” of the East River via kayak at the Brooklyn Bridge Pier on Thursdays and Saturdays from June to August. Get some exercise while basking in the amazing views from Dumbo and row your boat under the Brooklyn Bridge! Tip: Come early to avoid waiting in line under the sun.



2. Take the tram to Roosevelt Island.

Construction and delays seem synonymous to the NYC Subway these days. However, there's an alternate form of transportation! Enjoy views of the city from the tram with just a swipe of your metro card. (It costs nothing if you have an unlimited card.) The tram is on E. 59th and Second Avenue and the ride lasts four to five minutes long.

Gov_Ferry3. Take the ferry to Governor’s Island.

If you want to get away from the city without the long commute, take the ferry to Governor's Island. It takes less than 30 minutes and you can spend the day biking, walking, lying in the sun or having a picnic. The ferry is also a great way to see the Manhattan skyline. IdNYC holders can take the ferry for free otherwise, it's $2 round trip.

Met_Rooftop4. Go to the Rooftop Garden Cafe at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Okay, this one isn't entirely free but did you know that you can "pay what you wish" anytime at the museum, which means for as little as a buck you are in! On the rooftop, you can see a fantastic view of Central Park. And, catch the breathtaking sunset after a day appreciating the wide range of art and sculptures the museum has to offer.

Gabrielle Aranda

Topics: Summer, NYC, events, Free

New York City's Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival

Posted by LIM College on Thu, Aug 06, 2015 @ 04:54 PM

Hong_Kong_Dragon_RacesWhat I love about living in New York City is that any day of the week, you can travel to a different country. And this weekend (August 8th & 9th), you can go to Hong Kong, and it's just a train ride away! Head to Flushing Meadows Park for the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival and experience the diverse and rich culture of this beautiful country. 

Legend has it that Dragon Boat racing started because of the patriot and poet Qu Yuan. He loved boat racing so much, but the king at the time disliked him and had him banished. His village suffered greatly and he eventually drowned himself in a river.

Because he was loved by many, fishermen tried to race the river to save him, but alas, they could not. So, as an offering to their hero, the townspeople threw rice dumplings in the river. Today, people attach a dragon onto the bow of their boats to commemorate this day and they also watch street theatre, Chinese dance performances and martial arts while eating a lot of rice dumplings.

At the festival in Queens, expect a lot of the same activities. There are going to be performances that showcase the country's dances and music. Stroll through the grounds and check out the many arts and crafts booths.

You can also treat your palette to some Hong Kong cuisine. Non-profit organizations will have representatives to explain the various programs that are going on during the festivities.

On Saturday, there's going to be an opening day parade at noon. The Dragon Boat Open Championship Race will take place on Sunday.

You can enjoy boat races, kite flying and other performances to experience Hong Kong culture. Admission is free so what's there to think about?

Go to for more info.

Gabrielle Aranda

Topics: New York City, NYC, Queens, Dragon Boat Festival