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Fashion students take on luxury brand internships

Students on the MA International Fashion Business course to travel between the London and Paris showrooms of Temperley London

Two students from the University of East London have bagged internships at the prestigious luxury fashion brand Temperley London, founded by famous designer Alice Temperley MBE.

Jesmine Choudhury and Gillian Galenco, MA International Fashion Business students, will travel regularly between the London and Paris showrooms as part of their internship.

The internship is part of their master's course, which give students the opportunity to put fashion theories into practice and define the career paths of their choice, either in fashion buying, marketing or management.

Gillian said, "Having graduated from the University of East London, I went straight to the MA International Fashion Business to hopefully gain a job in fashion buying or marketing. Our programme leader, Kent Le, through his contacts, introduced us to the internship and I was very lucky to be selected. The internship is amazing and I have learned so much. Being able to practice buying and business skills in a real working environment has helped gain my confidence." 

The internship scheme is jointly developed and monitored by MA Programme Leader Kent Le and Ludovica Gentili, senior global sales executive at Temperley London. The initial selection process was conducted at the University, before shortlisted candidates were then formally interviewed with portfolios at Temperley headquarters.

Mr Le said, "Having worked in the fashion industry, I created this master's programme based on the demand from industry and it provides a unique opportunity for candidates to graduate with two pathways: luxury branding or fashion marketing.

“I am really happy that the skills students gain on this programme are well perceived by our industry partners. It is the testament to the teaching quality and skill relevance at the University that we aim to achieve."

Ludovica Gentili, added, "We supported two interns from Kent's MA programme last year and they were so lovely and hard working. With a really positive experience, we partnered with the University of East London for the second year now and have two new interns for our wholesale buying department. It is so good to have fresh new talents, eager to apply what they study in practice. They will also have an opportunity to go on overseas business trips to Paris to experience what fashion buying and merchandising is in real life."

The popular practice-based MA course includes industry site visits and overseas trips to France to enrich the student experience.