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Answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about BRAG's Internship Program.

What is the BRAG Summer Internship?

BRAG’s Summer Internship Program is an 8-10 week paid comprehensive professional development initiative designed to expose students of color to retail, fashion, and related industries. The program includes a one-week orientation with panels, workshops, and networking opportunities. Throughout the summer, interns collaborate to build a business case study to present to top level industry executives at the program’s conclusion. Interns are paired with an advisor and BRAG coach to support them throughout every step of their experience.

How does the intern application process work?

Students must complete the online application by March 1, 2024. Following review, selected applicants will be notified to schedule an initial video interview. Applicants who progress to the next round will have their resume reviewed by a partner company. Upon completion of each company’s interview process, top candidates are offered BRAG internships.

How competitive is the internship program?

BRAG’s Internship Program is highly competitive. Applicants are encouraged to submit a resume, along with their application, that illustrates their qualifications and passion for the industry.

What are the qualifications for the internship program?

Undergraduate college students who are rising juniors, or seniors with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0/4.0 or its equivalent. Transcripts are required.

What is the program's time commitment?

The program is typically 8 - 10 weeks (times vary by partner company). Interns must attend for the full length of the program, with final schedules determined by the partner company. Vacations and part-time jobs are not permitted during the internship.

Does BRAG or its partner companies provide citizen sponsorship?

No. Candidates applying for BRAG’s Internship Program must be able to work and live in the U.S., as visa sponsorship is unavailable at this time.

What does BRAG look for in a candidate?

BRAG seeks students who are interested in pursuing a career in the business of fashion, retail or related industries. Students are required to possess robust communication, analytical, and presentation abilities, coupled with a high level of motivation, innovation, and results orientation. Additionally, they should demonstrate leadership, professionalism, and a collaborative mindset across all organizational levels.

What kind of positions are offered by BRAG’s partner companies?

BRAG’s partner companies offer positions across all business areas, including buying, planning, merchandising, design, marketing, human resources, store management, digital, and technology. BRAG interns are placed in a department based on their interests, skills, and qualifications.

How do you determine which students get to work at each company?

We match students’ skills and qualifications to a company’s job description. The partner company will make the final decision and submit an offer.

Does BRAG provide course credits?

BRAG is unable to provide college course credit at this time.

Where will my internship be located?

Most roles are virtual at this time, however, select companies may make the necessary travel and lodging arrangements for their interns.

Does BRAG provide housing?

BRAG is unable to provide housing at this time for the internship program, however, select companies may make the necessary travel and lodging arrangements for their interns.

Does BRAG provide food and transportation?

Breakfast and lunch are provided during Orientation Week. Students are responsible for their own food and transportation throughout their internship.

What is orientation week and is it mandatory?

Orientation Week is mandatory and must be attended by all BRAG Interns. It is similar to a mini-Bootcamp that prepares students for work with their internship experience. Interns are expected to be prompt, professionally dressed, and prepared for a week of seminars and workshops. Topics include a career-focused panel discussion with industry executives, retail math, personal branding, and relevant business topics.

What is the BRAG Case Study Competition?

During Orientation Week, students will be placed into teams to compete in the BRAG Case Study Competition at the end of the summer. Winning teams will receive recognition and a grand prize. In addition to BRAG’s case study, some students may be required to complete a group project by their host company.

What is the BRAG culture?

BRAG’s culture is collaborative, results driven, and embracing with an expectation to deliver excellence. BRAG consists of a Board and Advisory Board of volunteers who give their time, resources, and expertise to ensure students of color are provided with the coaching, mentoring, and tools needed to be successful within the industry.

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