Cayla Gaimaro ('19) Interns at New York City Fashion Showroom

By Hannah Werthan

Last year, Cayla Gaimaro knew she wanted to transfer schools but wasn't sure where she wanted to go. The former Fashion Merchandising major initially did not give Molloy much thought. That changed when she attended an open house with her sister Jessie Gaimaro, who is now a freshman here. Cayla went to the Communications department information session and met Dr. Janice Kelly, the department chair. Dr. Kelly sold her on the program, sharing that Molloy Cayla GaimaroCommunications students are regularly placed in fashion internships. Cayla enrolled at Molloy in the spring. This semester, she is interning at Goods and Services, a showroom for designers in the ready to wear and accessories categories, located in the heart of New York City's Fashion District.

Though Cayla has only been at her internship for a few weeks, she's already gotten considerable hands-on experience. She started working right before Market Week, which, in the fall, is when buyers plan their purchases for the following spring. Cayla was immediately thrown into the world of designers, models, buyers and sellers. For Cayla, it's been valuable to sit in meetings and hear designers talk about their products. She even met and talked to Adam Selman, a designer who is known for his fun style and use of denim. She's familiarized herself with the lines of clothing that she steams and hangs. She has talked to models about their careers while zipping up their dresses. It's been the opportunity of a lifetime.

An internship is mandatory for all Communications students, and many choose to do two during their college career at Molloy. "Getting into the workforce early is important because it gives our students not only experience but confidence. They learn either that they want to work in the field where they are interning or they don't and why, which is so valuable," says Dr. Kelly, who is also the internship coordinator for the Communications department. Communication majors have completed great internship programs at places such as FOX News and Estee Lauder. "We have many different kinds of opportunities from public relations to advertising to media production," says Dr. Kelly.

Cayla's communications background has been an asset at her internship. She knows how to effectively relay messages to make sure everyone is on the same page. She networks and puts herself out there, not afraid to pick up the phone or introduce herself to a designer. Her advice to other students who might be interested in pursuing a fashion internship is to be willing to take on smaller jobs, because it shows your strong work ethic and every experience can be valuable. Have a positive attitude and treat everyone kindly, she adds.

Through her internship at Goods and Services, Cayla is getting a real-world look at the fashion industry. Dr. Kelly and the Communications program have opened the door for her, and now it is her turn to continue studying and networking in preparation for her career.

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