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International Students Benefit From U.S. Education and Internships




Interning in the Public Relations department at Prada in New York City was a dream come true for Sara Ghandour. Ms. Ghandour, an international student from Lebanon, completed the required internship before graduating from Berkeley College with an Associate’s degree in Fashion Marketing and Management in 2014.

“I interned with another Berkeley College student – it was fun and exciting and we learned so much,” said Ms. Ghandour, who is now pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Fashion Merchandising and Management with a Minor in International Business at Berkeley College in Midtown Manhattan.

At Prada, the interns helped coordinate clothing for fashion shows, organized inventory in the stock room, and worked on press kits and advertising materials. In addition, they interacted with editorial department staff at such leading fashion magazines as Harper’s Bazaar, Marie Claire, Glamour, and Vogue. Ms. Ghandour also helped to coordinate clothing for magazine fashion spreads.

“Sometimes when a particular pair of shoes wasn’t available for an outfit, my boss would ask me to choose another pair – it was exciting later to see the completed outfit on the pages of the magazine,” said Ms. Ghandour, who looks forward to a career in fashion after graduation.

U.S. degree provides a point of distinction

“Graduating from a U.S. institution provides international students with a valuable perspective once they return home,” said Cynthia C. Marchese, Berkeley College Senior Vice President, International.

This is especially true for fashion students who have a distinct advantage having studied in New York City – the fashion capital of the world. International students at Berkeley College also benefit from the internship experience at U.S. companies.

“Berkeley College has enjoyed more than 80 years of preparing students for careers in the fashion industry, and our international students benefit from our longstanding business connections when seeking internship opportunities,” Ms. Marchese said. “In addition to Prada, students in our fashion program have interned at such prestigious companies as Chanel, Vera Wang, and Gucci.”