Surge in number of UEL fashion students securing internships

More fashion students from the University of East London have won competitive internships this year than ever before.

Following Graduate Fashion Week, 46 students from the fashion department secured placements compared to 11 last year.

Joanne Tse, who won a work placement at designer Jaeger, said: “It’s more fast-paced than I thought it would be, too. Even now they’re starting to design for Autumn-Winter 2012. Every day is different and exciting.”

Students have placements in a rang of roles such as designing, techincal/pattern cutting, marketing and communications, buying and merchandising. They are working for design houses like Erdem and brand giants like Marks and Spencer.

UEL fashion placement module leader Bethan Alexander said:“We are very proud of the breadth of roles and companies this year which really represent the diversity of the industry.”

Carly Basil, assistant buyer at Jaeger, who mentored a student and got her job through a work placement, said: “If you’re prepared to pursue your chosen career, and like Joanne, you’re willing to do an internship and put your all into it, then you will definitely be noticed.”