With the long term sustainability of the NZ Fashion Industry in mind and providing opportunity to up and coming talent, at JH we are proud to offer an intensive two week paid internship program to individuals who have a passion for working within our industry.The program involves going behind-the-scenes, and getting an insight into the departments and people who contribute to the success of the Juliette Hogan brand.
We chatted to Rosa, our most recent intern, about her experience and thoughts on her time in the program.
Tell us 3 interesting facts about yourself.
I was born and partly raised in Singapore, I am a massive foodie, and I love traveling - I am looking forward to traveling around Europe at the end of the year.
What are you currently studying?
I have just graduated from the University of Canterbury with a Bachelor of Commerce double majoring in Information Systems and Marketing and I'm now studying for a Certificate in Fashion at Ara Institute of Canterbury.
Why did you want to apply for the paid internship program with Juliette Hogan and what were you hoping to gain?
I applied for the paid internship program with Juliette Hogan for the experience. My degree plays a prominent role in the fashion industry but my love for fashion and the NZ industry felt uninformed from a technical perspective. I was hoping to gain exposure to the production side of the fashion industry. My goal was to develop a comprehensive understanding of how all the components of bringing a garment to life work together.
What is the most interesting thing you have learnt during your time at Juliette Hogan, and any new skills, techniques or knowledge?
Seeing the entire process of a garment from the design, sampling, production, marketing and selling in stores was the most interesting thing I learnt. The effort, procedures, and thought behind each business output, whether that was the garment or sustainability efforts, was so exemplary and it was such a privilege to help out where I could.
Were there any surprises during your experience?
The biggest surprise during my experience was seeing how many hands a garment passes through, from the first sketch to the finished garment being display in stores. The thought and consideration in each step of the garment's development and the high involvement of each member was incredibly eye-opening and made me fully realise the level of craftsmanship involved in fashion. The internship has completely changed the way I shop for clothes and I now, more than ever, value the meaning of Made in NZ.
Would you recommend this internship to other students? Why or why not?
I would absolutely recommend this internship to other students without hesitation. Not only were the team so welcoming and talented, but passionate about the sustainability and longevity of New Zealand fashion. The internship experience is also supplemented with external knowledge of the New Zealand fashion community, as well as learning of Juliette's work for Mindful Fashion NZ, which makes it so much more insightful.
How has this internship helped you for your future studies and career?
It was so exciting seeing how Juliette Hogan's work was setting the standard for a more sustainable future for the industry. It taught me a lot about how to show leadership within a business and the mindset and values that can help me to succeed both in sustainable fashion and business.
What is your advice for future JH interns?
Bring a notebook and pen with questions prepared. The internship is incredibly well-organized and allows space for you to explore your interests. Really take your time to talk to everyone in the amazing team as you only get as much as you give!
Applications are currently open for our next JH Short-term Paid Internship, starting 19 February 2024. If you are interested in the program and would like to find out more or apply, please click here. Applications close at the end of September.