Many University of Delaware students are interested in a career in
the world of fashion. To support these students, UD’s Career Services
Center, in conjunction with the Department of Fashion and Apparel
Studies, held the first annual Fashion Meet-Up on March 21 at the
Trabant University Center.
Twenty employers representing a wide array of apparel industry
executives and companies and almost 250 students were present for an
evening of networking and learning.
To kick off the event, an hour-long panel discussion brought a
standing-room-only crowd to learn more about the apparel industry and
specifically how to better prepare for internships, interviews and job
hunting. The panel consisted of Chelsea Allen, a UD alumna who is a
buyer for South Moon Under; Kaley Polhill, college recruiter for Ross
Stores; Jami Dunbar, vice president for apparel and virtualization at
Lighthouse-Under Armour; and Paula Zusi, an alumna who is global
operations adviser for Advent International. The moderator was Stacey
Charbin, an alumna who is chief marketing officer for Centric Software.
Panelists discussed their career paths, best practices in preparing
for interviews, most common mistakes that applicants make and other
relevant topics. Students had time at the end to ask questions of the
A networking session followed with 20 employers from the industry
attending. Companies such as Nike, Under Armour, Lilly Pulitzer, The
Children’s Place, South Moon Under and URBN (Urban Outfitters)
represented major brands that hire across all areas of fashion.
Employers from retail were represented including Nordstrom, Ross Stores,
Target, Burlington Stores and Kohl’s Corporation. Blooming Boutique
(with 10 stores in Delaware) discussed entrepreneurial opportunities and
potential internships with interested students.
Students had the chance to meet with representatives from areas of
the industry that included everything from start-ups like Cass and Crew
to television giant QVC. Wholesale companies Castlewood Apparel and
Delta Galil provided students with insights into this industry segment,
while FashInvest, Fair Labor Association, EDITED and Michel Marie PR
stepped in to furnish students with an overview of private equity,
social responsibility oversight, data analysis and public relations
One student commented, “It was an easy way to meet people in the
industry. All employers were extremely helpful and willing to speak with
the students. They were knowledgeable and gave good advice.”
Article by Scott Rappaport and Brenda Shaffer
March 30, 2017