Student Information

Student Name

Natalie Menjivar




Internship Information

Company/Organization: Donna Karan New York

Mentor(s):Lisa Rosa

Topic of Internship

Fashion (Production and Technical Design)

Background Information

Donna Karan New York (DKNY) is a clothing company whose market targets a range of customers in department stores and end users who consist of all ages, gender, and location. "Simply stated, DKNY is the energy and spirit of New York, international, eclectic, fun fast and real. The mission of the Donna Karan Company, as a design driven company, is to represent the international pulse of New York in the design, marketing and delivery of a complete lifestyle system to a global customer. They apply the highest standards of creativity, integrity, quality and innovation to their products and concepts."

Summary of Internship

Interning in the Donna Karan New York has been a completely new and amazing experience for me. With the help of my mentor Lisa Rosa, I have had the opportunity to see how the fashion industry really works compared to what I thought about it before. Being a part of the Technical Design department at DKNY has allowed me to see how the company’s clothing goes through so many different changes in order to have the final products. Also, I have noticed the importance that the customer has towards the production of the clothing pieces mainly because it is for them. My days at internship have involved observing and sitting through model fittings, filing invoices and other important paperwork, using the Excel program, and many other tasks. This experience has allowed me to learn how to also act and take responsibilities of tasks in a job environment. One of the best parts of the internship included being able to go to New York City every Thursday. Thanks to my DKNY internship, I have realized that working in fashion is something I really want to do in the future, and I hope to be able to work for a great company such as DKNY as well.

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