CITY COLLEGE OF SAN FRANCISCO COOPERATIVE WORK EXPERIENCE EDUCATION

Cooperative Work Experience Education (CWEE) is an instructional program in which CCSF students earn college credit for what they learn while working at paid jobs, internships, or volunteer positions.


BENEFITS TO THE STUDENTS

  • Students are provided the opportunity to earn course credit for working in the industry related to the student's major or Career and Technical Education (CTE) program.
  • Offer students the opportunity to apply their skills while still in college, gain on-the-job experience, and "try out" a career before graduation.

BENEFITS TO THE EMPLOYER

  • Give back to the community. Creating an internship program is an excellent way to give back.
  • Student support. Students gain experience, develop skills, make connections, strengthen their resumes, learn about a field, and assess their interests and abilities.
  • Hiring efficiency. Appeal to tomorrow's staff members when they are looking for internships.
  • Increase productivity. Setting up an internship program allows you to take advantage of short-term support.

COURSE OVERVIEW

  • 1 unit = Intern must work 60 hours on-site or remotely.
  • 2 units = Intern must work 120 hours on-site or remotely.
  • 3 class meetings are held throughout the semester.
    • No instructional classes.
    • An employer list will be provided.
  • Students can search for their own internships.
  • Students evaluate their internships upon completion.
  • Letter grades are assigned based on the employer and the instructor's evaluation.

PROGRAM INFORMATION

In the Fashion Department, there are four Work Experience Programs:

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FASH 60 - Fieldwork: Fashion Show and Events

Course Description: Fashion show/events work experience. Students work backstage for a variety of designers or stores and assist at fashion events.

Hour Requirements: 60 hours per semester

Student Learning Outcomes: Upon completion of this course, a student will be able to:

  • Set up a dressing area for a fashion show.
  • Organize clothes and accessories backstage for smooth fashion show operations.
  • Dress models according to designers' instructions.
  • Work with production team to ensure timing and flow of the fashion show.

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FASH 61 - Fashion Merchandising/Marketing Internship

Course Description: Fashion retail or wholesale internships with local employers to gain meaningful work experience.

Hour Requirements: 120 hours a semester, averages 12-15 hours a week.

Student Learning Outcomes: Upon completion of this course, a student will be able to:

  • Perform skills under the supervision essential to accomplishing practical fashion techniques.
  • Describe the organization of the company in which the student is working and compare the various job functions necessary to work in various positions.
  • Describe the skills involved in the jobs he/she has been assigned.

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FASH 62 - Work Experience in Personal Styling

Course Description: Fashion retail or wholesale internships with local employers to gain meaningful work experience.

Hour Requirements: 120 hours a semester, averages 12-15 hours a week.

Student Learning Outcomes: Upon completion of this course, a student will be able to:

  • Perform skills under the supervision essential to accomplishing practical fashion techniques.
  • Describe the organization of the company in which the student is working and compare the various job functions necessary to work in various positions.
  • Describe the skills involved in the jobs he/she has been assigned.

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FASH 63 - Fashion Design and Production Internship

Course Description: Internships with local fashion design and fashion production companies to gain meaningful work experience.

Hour Requirements: 120 hours a semester, averages 8 hours a week.

Students Learning Outcomes: Upon completion of this course, a student will be able to:

  • Perform skills under the tutelage of industry professionals.
  • Describe the organization of the company in which the student is working and compare the various job functions necessary to work in various positions.
  • Describe the skills involved in the jobs he/she has been assigned.

COMPANY PARTNERSHIPS

 

 

 

 

 


INTERN PROFILES

Photo of PAIGE MUGHANNAM

PAIGE MUGHANNAM
www.witchcraftbypaige.com
Instagram: @calamity_caller

Photo of PAIGE MUGHANNAM

I am currently working at Old Navy as an Associate Technical Designer. Old Navy believes in the democracy of style, creating fashionable and affordable styles for the whole family to enjoy. They believe in inclusivity, opportunity, sustainability, and accessibility for all.

I am a Bay Area native who has been sewing since 2014. Initially self-taught, I started taking classes on a whim and now have various fashion-related degrees including Theatre Costuming and Fashion Design. I have worked with designers to help their visions come to life, have taught beginners how to sew, and am currently working as a technical designer at Old Navy. My favorite types of projects have intricate details and are challenging in either design or construction.

Photo of NINA VO TRAN

NINA VO TRAN
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Instagram: @undressing_under_the_stars

As a stylist, I feel extremely grateful to still be able to create; to bring joy by sharing my image consulting knowledge while delivering elegant clothes to my everyday customers during these difficult times.

I worked as an intern at my current company, The Reset, through an introduction from fashion instructor, Priscilla Fong, 3 years ago. It was a blessing. The Reset truly believes in the power of styling and empowering women - "Reset your wardrobe. Reset your life." The company is woman-owned, local, and caters to women of all sizes and lifestyles. The Reset was my first experience as a fashion curator. They gave me many opportunities to be in model fittings, magazine photoshoots, and networking dinners with companies such as Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. I had grown so much within the 6-month internship, I was offered a full-time position overlooking fashion shows, summer trunk shows, and managing VIP showrooms. Without the skills and hands-on experience I received FASH 60 & FASH 61 (like working as a dresser and assistant stylist in countless fashion shows), I would not be able to confidently take on all the projects The Reset has given me and be where I currently am.


PAST EVENTS

Fashion Career Fair - February 27, 2020

CCSF held its bi-annual Fashion Career Fair. The Fair was a collaborative effort between the Fashion Department and the Strong Workforce Program (SWP), which was held at Downtown Center's Educated Palate Restaurant. The Fair's objective was to connect students with local employers and transfer schools. This connection provided students the opportunity to gain insight into the various career paths in design and merchandising, as well as current job openings. The Fair also gave employers a venue to recruit top talent and network with their peers. There were over 65 students in attendance! Retail companies included Old Navy, Zara, Forever 21, Cole Haan, and resale store Crossroads Trading. The transfer schools included The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising and The Academy of Art University. Both our employer partners and students were very appreciative that we created this networking event. Best news of all, the employers were very impressed with our students!

  • Fashion Instructors - Kelly Armstrong and Priscilla Fong

  • Fashion Department Chair & Instructor, Natalie Smith

  • People talking at career fair tables, signing papers

Oscar De La Renta - April 2019

Our Fieldwork Fashion Show students were selected by the Saks Fifth Avenue Events department to assist at the Oscar de la Renta show. It was held at the country club in South Lake Tahoe. The fundraiser raised $1 million this year and more than $18 million overall for the protection and preservation of the Lake Tahoe Basin. It was a fabulous experience for all the students and a great way for them to give back to the community.

Zac Posen Fashion Show, Neiman Marcus - April 2018

Not only were the gowns exquisite, but Zac had a Q&A with the audience. Our Fieldwork Fashion Interns assisted with setting up the event and styling and dressing the models. It was a wonderful experience for all.

Georgio Armani - February 2018

At the new Post Street store