Otago Polytechnic

Can you provide our fashion students with real world industry experience?

We are looking for industry and community organisations who can offer opportunities for students to gain valuable hands-on experience in aspects of the fashion industry. Examples could include design assistant, workroom assistant, patternmaking, garment construction, fashion communication & styling, events, retail, costume design etc.

  • Projects: Our students carry out applied and creative research projects for a variety of industry and community organisations as part of their learning, including a collaborative retail and production team project with local fashion retailers at year two of the Bachelor of Design (Fashion).
  • Work placements / internships: We expect our third year students to do a minimum of a week’s work in the industry. This is usually on a voluntary basis although some students have paid employment that will provide them with relevant industry experience while they study. Download our Work Placement Booklet here for more information.

The students will bring their own creativity, design and technical skills to contribute to your organisation, including their knowledge of sustainable business models in the fashion industry. You will be providing them with a learning opportunity supervised by an industry professional, to help them to gain the skills and experience that you as an employer need graduates to have.

Please contact us if you are interested in joining our portfolio of student-friendly fashion organisations.