Business students attain internships in California, ParisJuly 27 | Posted by editor | Lumpkin, News Tags: North Georgia College & State University
Dahlonega, GA – Two students in North Georgia College & State University’s Mike Cottrell School of Business are spending summer days lending their skills to fashion companies in California and Paris—and the Parisian intern could have the chance to become the American distributor of a luxury handbag company.
“My upcoming assignment will be to promote DOGNIN through various fashion blogs and social media outlets to sell products through their e-boutique,” Lauren Turner said. “If successfully marketed, I will have the opportunity to become the company’s American distributor and future leader of their US-based flagship and future boutiques.”
DOGNIN is a Parisian luxury-handbag company with which Turner became acquainted during her two-month summer internship in Paris with La Mode-Le Club—a fashion consulting and luxury travel-services company.
“I primarily helped transform La Mode-Le Club’s programs and publications into forms more appealing to the American market,” Turner said. “I was responsible for translation and creation of programs as well as updating the design elements—graphic design and photography.”
Turner was also in charge of reconstructing the company’s Facebook page and marketing social events of the season. She aspires to become a creative director or purchaser in the fashion industry, and is working on creating her own jeans line.
“Internships such as these enrich the learning experience by allowing students to apply and expand the disciplines they have learned in the classroom to a dynamic business world, and are an important component of the learning experience at the Mike Cottrell School of Business,” Dr. Donna Mayo, dean of the Mike Cottrell School of Business, said.
Laine Hoke is currently near Los Angeles, Calif., in an internship with Brighton Collectibles—a high-end handbag, jewelry, and accessories company. Hoke is the company’s first in-house intern, and has worked in human resources, planned several events for the company, and rewritten a marketing booklet.
“I am only halfway through my eight-week internship and I have already absorbed much more than would have been possible in the classroom,” Hoke said. “Brighton Collectibles is a very reputable company both financially and as a global citizen. This internship has been a great opportunity to network with other companies both in and out of the retail industry.”
Dr. Ruben Boling, director of the Center for the Future of North Georgia, believes Hoke and Turner are demonstrating the drive to be successful that he says is commonly found among North Georgia’s business students.
“They pursued and secured internship opportunities on their own to increase their value in the marketplace, and the initiative they have shown will greatly benefit them in their pursuit of careers in the fashion industry,” Boling said.
Hoke and Turner are both entering their senior years at North Georgia. Hoke is majoring in business management. Turner is majoring in marketing while minoring in French and graphic design.