Major: Business Administration-International Business
Melanie Cutfield is a high profile Australian Fashion Designer with a small design studio. Her clothing is available Australia and New Zealand wide. Her current season's collection was shown recently at the 2009 Australian Fashion Week.
Zoee's pre-trip thoughts
Internship: I will be interning with Melanie Cutfield Design in fashion marketing. I am Ms. Cutfield's assistant and will aid her in any responsibilities in fashion design throughout Australia and New Zealand.
Why are you participating in the Augustana in Australia program? To gain experience at an internship in an international setting to enhance my international business concentration and understand the business industry with a global perspective.
What value do you hope to add back to the internship site? I have had experience in a fashion merchandising class, worked in retail and helped organize segments in a fashion show. I have a passion for it and although I do not have secondary formal education in the fashion industry, I hope that my knowledge from business classes and my dedication to and appreciation for fashion will help me contribute to this organization.
What do you hope to learn on your internship? I am excited to gain real life experience in the fashion industry as well as the inner workings of how to maintain a business in a rapidly growing industry.
Where do you plan to travel during your term "down under"? Melbourne, the Great Barrier Reef, Fraser Island, New Zealand, and Fiji.
What do you anticipate to be the highlight of your experience "down under"? My internship will definitely be the highlight. I think this experience is unreal and I cannot wait to roll up my sleeves and start the internship! A close second will be the ability to travel.
Other comments. I am truly blessed to have this opportunity to travel across the globe to intern with an amazing company.