Over the duration of the summer I got the opportunity to help Beach Riot with various aspects of the company. My experience's responsibilities included: creating technical packets, sorting garment racks for photoshoots, organizing Pantone books, picking up/dropping off trim at factories, creating p-line sheets, choosing the color palette for spring 2020, specking garments, meeting with buyers, putting swatches on CADS, creating sew by sheets, researching 2020 trends, updating the tracking sheet, attending fit meetings, assigning names to 2020 apparel, modeling apparel, printing pattern pieces for the factories, attending photoshoots and helping style, designing new bodies and running to and from dye houses/print labs and factories.
The greatest accomplishment from my experience was gaining Beach Riot's trust. As the weeks progressed into summer, they began to trust me more and more. By the end of the summer I was in charge of certain samples which allowed me to start with the technical packet, specking the garments and picking up the fabric to take into production. I got the chance to print the pattern out and swatch it. I felt like a full-time worker at Beach Riot as if I knew the ins and outs of the production process.
What advice would you give?
I advice future students to not steer away from an unpaid internship because I know a lot do. But some unpaid internships are the best ones, that give you the most experience. I wouldn't trade this unpaid internship for a paid one. I would also advise them to work full time to gain the most experience possible. Since I was there all day, everyday I was able to learn the maximum amount of knowledge needed to fulfill my experience.