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The Fashion Merchandising and Design program allows students to grow professionally in their knowledge in the world of retail while developing advanced creative skills in fashion design. Possible careers include, but are not limited to: retail management and/or entrepreneurship, textile and apparel product development, fashion design, styling, buying, fashion journalism and visual merchandising. Students will explore the dynamic world of fashion through courses in Fashion Buying, Visual Merchandising, Clothing Construction, Retail Mathematics, History of Costume, Cultural Aspects of Fashion and many more. Students also complete a Minor in Marketing as part of the curriculum.


Fashion Merchandising and Design major curriculum guide

Fashion Merchandising and Design minor curriculum guide




FMD 4275 Internship is an individually-planned work experience in a business or agency appropriate to the chosen area of academic specialization. 

If you are interested in internship opportunities with the Walt Disney Company please visit the Disney College program website for more information.

The objectives of the internship are to 1) simulate a job search as you identify and secure an internship site appropriate to your professional goals, 2) provide a relevant professional experience equivalent to an entry-level position, and 3) allow for professional self-reflection.

In order to apply for FMD 4275 Internship you must have:

  1. completed either FMD 3500 or FMD 4000 with a C or better,
  2. be in good academic standing
  3. Internship Application submitted by the due date (see below), and
  4. approval from the Internship Coordinator

This pre-professional experience gives you the opportunity to put to practical use the knowledge and skills acquired as a student.  It is expected that you will gain an understanding of the philosophy, organization, and “inner workings” of your site and become familiar with the roles, responsibilities, and limitations within your field of study.


Dues dates for the internship application (all paperwork will be submitted online):

  • December 1st for Spring internships
  • April 20th for Summer internships
  • August 1st for Fall internships

Upon approval of the internship application, you will be administratively added to the correct section of FMD 4275. If you are not enrolled in a section of FMD 4275 by the end of finals week contact Deborah Reifsteck at  

Internship Site Supervisor Information

Internship Information Packet

Online Application

Internship Coordinator, Deborah Reifsteck at 


Careers in Fashion Merchandising and Design

Career Titles  
Accessories Product Technician Museum Curator - Costume Collection
Assistant Fabric Specialist Pattern Maker
Account representative Print Designer
Apparel Import/Export Specialists Product Development Team
Apparel Manufacturer’s Representative Property Manager
Assistant Buyer Productions & Operations Manager
Brand Inventory Planner Print Technologist
Buyer Pre-production Coordinator
Customer Relations Product Development Technical Support
Comparison Shopper/ratings Production Inventory Planner
Commercial Lighting Sales Purchasing Agent
Career Wear Consultant Product Review
Colorist Researcher
Catalog Layout Assistant Designer Regulatory Assurance Manager
CAD Designer, Men's Woven Shirts Regional Sales Manager
Color specialist team Retail Sales Associate-Apparel/Footwear
District Sales Manager Retail Store Manager
Distribution Director Retail Sales Associate-Accessories
Embroidery Work Order Coordinator Sourcing Specialist-Accessories
Exhibit Booth Account Representative Sample Maker
Facilities Manager Sourcing Specialist-Trim
Fashion Copywriter Textile Quality Manager
Fabric Planning Assistant Textile Print Designer
Footwear Designer Technical Development Team
Furniture & Floor Sales Technical Specifications
Interior Design Sales Technical Sales Representative
Inventory Allocation Trim Sourcer
Home Shopping Network Team Textile Laboratory Assistant
Jewelry Merchandise Planner Visual and Store Design
Licensing Director Web Site Sales
Loss Prevention Operations Wall Coverings Designer
Mall Manager Web Site Design Team
Market Analysis  


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Art Department

Doudna Fine Arts Center
600 Lincoln Ave.
Charleston, IL 61920

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