38 Fashion Brands Join the CFDA’s Fashion Forward Internship Program

by Kristen Heinzinger
NYC Fashion Forward
NYC Fashion Forward

Opening Ceremony’s Carol Lim and Humberto Leon (Photo by JP Yim/Getty Images)

Since the Fashion Forward program was announced in March, a whopping 38 fashion companies have signed on to collectively provide 100 paid internships this summer, announced NYC’s First Lady Chirlane McCray today. The program—spearheaded by the CFDA, the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City, and the New York City Economic Development Corporation—aims to initiate industry exposure for high school and college undergrad students.

“[Internships] allow for students to gain firsthand experience and to explore different areas and interests, taking a deeper dive into the business,” said Prabal Gurung, one of the first to join the program, in a statement. “A challenge for many students is gaining access to these internships, so we are proud to be partnering with the Mayor’s Fund and First Lady Chirlane McCray to improve access and help nurture tomorrow‘s talent.”

While applications for the program closed last month, fashion-focused students should keep their eyes on Ladders for Leaders for a spot next year. Below, the full list of participating brands:

  • 3.1 Phillip LIM
  • Alice & Olivia
  • B. Michael America
  • Barneys
  • Cadet
  • CFDA
  • Coach
  • Create-A-Marker
  • Cynthia Rowley
  • David Wolfson & Assocaites, Inc
  • Design Incubator
  • Designers & Agents
  • DKNY
  • DVF Studio
  • DYE-Namix
  • Haskell
  • J.Crew
  • K/LLER Collection
  • Kate Spade & Company
  • Krupp Group
  • Lord & Taylor
  • LuLu Frost
  • Macy’s
  • Maison De Mode
  • Melissa Joy Manning
  • Misha Nonoo
  • New York Embrodiery
  • Nicholas K
  • Nicole Miller
  • Opening Ceremony
  • Ovadia & Sons
  • Prabal Gurung
  • Rachel Comey
  • Ralph Lauren
  • The Sak Brand
  • Tommy Hilfiger
  • Williamson PR
  • ZAC Posen

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