Where are you interning/did you intern?
This past summer, I interned for Under Armour in their Hong Kong Office.
What are/were your responsibilities as an intern?
I was an intern in the Tech Design team. My responsibilities in this role consisted of helping the several members of the Tech Design team with their daily tasks. My main responsibility was assessing samples for fit issues. We, as a team, would hold fit sessions to analyze every prototype. During the fit sessions, I would take down comments and measure garments if we thought a measurement was off. Another big responsibility I had was my summer intern project, which was to design and create my own garment. This involved sketching (something I had never done before), building a tech pack, and communicating with the factory that was manufacturing my garment. By the end of the summer, I had my very own design that was fit to my measurements and I was able to bring it home with me!
Describe a typical day at your internship.
A typical day at my internship always started with a morning meeting with the Tech Design team. We would talk about everything that needed to get done for that day and then my supervisors and I would meet for a couple of minutes to talk about my specific tasks for the day. My normal tasks would include assisting with fit sessions, creating measurement charts, and inputting sample information into Armoury, which is Under Armour’s main database for all of their styles.
What is/was your favorite thing about your internship?
My favorite part about my internship was getting the opportunity to visit two different factories in China. The first factory we visited was YKK zipper factory. This was very interesting to see all the machinery and automation that went into the process of manufacturing zippers. I was surprised to see how much actually went into it. A couple days later we went back into China to visit a sweater factory. This was a totally different experience as the factory was producing actual garments, which included a lot more human labor. It was eye-opening to see how people with that much skill and patience do this kind of work. The factory visits were definitely a highlight of my internship and an experience I will never forget.
What is/was the most valuable skill you developed in this internship that you can use in your future career?
The most valuable skill I learned with this internship is the skills to work in an international setting with people of all different backgrounds. Although my coworkers spoke English to some extent, Cantonese is their first language so communicating wasn’t always easy. Although I felt uncomfortable at first, I learned to ask questions and have them clarify things if I was confused. I eventually want to work for an international brand so gaining this skill is going to be beneficial for me in the future.
What was something unexpected that happened during your internship, or resulted because of your internship?
In the second week of my internship, I was very surprised when my supervisor put me and my fellow co-worker in charge of a big project. I was not expecting to be put in charge of something so quickly into the process. The project lasted throughout my whole internship and at the end, it was my job to make a final video and present it to the whole office.
What advice or words of wisdom can you share for other students who may be interested in pursuing this internship, or a similar one?
I highly recommend that students should take advantage of internships abroad. I gained valuable experience in my field while immersing myself in a new culture, and working with people of different backgrounds. Not only did I learn so much about the global fashion industry, but I really grew as a person as I stepped out of my comfort zone and learned a lot about myself.
How did you grow as a future professional in this field?
My internship helped me gain a lot of insight into the fashion industry. I feel much more knowledgeable about the fashion industry and more prepared and confident for my next internship.
Abby Edge is a Fashion Merchandising major, expected to graduate in Spring 2020.