A number of student organizations provide you with excellent leadership training, career insights and recreation opportunities. Join our award-winning Stout Retail Association student organization with more than 100 members ready to work in apparel merchandising, fashion management, store operations, consumer electronics, culinary arts, market research, publicity and merchandising analysis.
Graduates of the Fashion and Retail program usually enter the professional field through an executive training program with a major retail company. This training generally consists of planned rotations in various supervisory positions within the store, merchandising division, distribution center or other areas of the company.
- Buyer » Bon Ton Stores
- Vice President, Merchandise Planning » Brooks Brothers
- Merchandise Manager » JC Penney
- Store Team Leader » Target
- Operations Manager » Lands' End
- Executive Trainer » The Gap
- Merchandiser » Oshkosh B'Gosh
- Advertising Coordinator » Target
- Buyer » Target Corporation
- Manager » The Disney Store
- Operations Manager » Kmart Corporation
- Business Analyst » Target Corporation
- Store Manager » Banana Republic
- Buyer » Pottery Barn
- Financial Planner » Eddie Bauer
- Vice President » Krazy Kat Sportswear
- Store Manager » Best Buy
- Buyer » Best Buy
- Project Manager, Store Innovations » Walmart
Past Student Internships
- Alice & Olivia
- Garnett Hill
- Lands’ End
- Marc Jacobs
- Michael Kors
- Rebecca Taylor
- Rag & Bone
Companies Where Graduates Work
- American Eagle
- Duluth Trading Company
- Garnett Hill
- Lands’ End
- Kimberly Clark
- Ralph Lauren
Technical Designer: the engineer of clothing! The technical designer oversees the making of the garment and communicates via technical sketches and specification packages with patternmakers and manufacturers to develop prototypes and initial fit garments. Then works with fit models and makes fit corrections before approving final production runs for shipments to sales floors or online vendors.
Technical Design Assistant: assists the technical designer in all aspects of the position.
Product Development Manager: oversees product development departments within organizations, typically this department is made up of technical designers.
Product Manager: oversees product categories for time and delivery.
Designer: designs clothing according to market demands with an understanding of fabrics, garment construction, sizing specifications, grading standards, and manufacturing limitations.
Assistant: assists designer with all aspects of the position.
CAD/Textile Designer: (Computer Aided Design) creates original textile prints according to market, manufacturing, and cost structures.
CAD/CAM Specialist: (Computer Aided Design/Computer Aided Manufacturing)
Pattern maker: Build patterns from specifications utilizing computer software in 2 and 3D forms. Size grading and production planning can also fall under a pattern maker’s responsibilities.
Quality Auditor/Manager: utilizing product specifications, analyze products to ensure standards are met via audits and testing.
Sourcing and Production: work with vendors to secure trims, fabrics, and product components. Build, manage, and negotiate the product development timeline.