Top placements for CPIT interns

Top placements for CPIT interns

CPIT fashion students have completed internships at two of New Zealand’s most renowned designers.

Fashion technology and design student Sophie Dinsenbacher, 24, spent one month interning with Karen Walker, while fellow student Olivia Flamank, 28, took her skills to Lonely Hearts.

CPIT’s third year fashion students organise their own work placements as part of the diploma and Dinsenbacher and Flamank were lucky enough to get work with their dream companies.

Fashion graduate

Dinsenbacher emailed Karen Walker to enquire about an internship. After compliling a portfolio of her work in five days and flying up for an interview, she was delighted to be offered an internship.

“I was really excited as I admire Karen Walker’s work so it was a privilege to intern there.”

Dinsenbacher arrived at the company just as they were preparing their Autumn / Winter collection showing at New York Fashion Week.

“Everyone was really busy. I did a lot of jobs to help out. I was sewing on buttons, altering patterns, helping with photo shoots and just doing any tasks that needed to be done.”

At Lonely Hearts, Flamank was doing “quite a lot of sewing” in the sampling room.

“I was sewing some sample garments ready for fit check and preparing online store sales for dispatch. It was really hands on.”

Flamank says her experience at Lonely Hearts was great because it showed her how relevant the CPIT diploma is.

Fashion graduate

“It was great to see that what we are learning at CPIT is practiced in the industry so we will be well prepared for employment on completion.”

“I was capable of all tasks presented to me,” Dinsenbacher agrees. “It also opened my eyes to other opportunities there are in the industry.”

Both Sophie and Olivia are now completing a collection designed as if they were working for the companies they interned for. Designers from Karen Walker and Lonely Hearts have been offering advice on their design work, which will be completed and displayed in July.

“It was really helpful to be criticed on our designs by industry professionals. The feedback we received enabled us to strengthen our collections,” Flamank says.

Both Dinsenbacher and Flamank thouroughly enjoyed their time at their internships and left with a broader perspective of the fashion industry.