7 Internships to Get You Into The Conscious Fashion World

Let's be real, the conscious fashion world is still pretty niche. It's filled with small companies with small teams, which (usually) means lots of awesome and personalized internship opportunities for those of you looking to break into the industry.

Soon after I began college, I knew I was interested in conscious fashion, and lucky for me, being a college student in New York meant endless job and internship possibilities. In my three years at NYU five internships which I consider in the realm of 'conscious fashion'. These internships were challenging, rewarding, exhausting, and guiding. And they taught me about some really great brands in the space (like the ones below).

Pro-tip: If you don't see an internship listed, a cold email never hurts.

Source: KKi

Source: KKi

Krochet Kids intl.

Location: Costa Mesa, CA (or Uganda/Peru)

About: Krochet Kids intl. works to empower women in Uganda and Peru through providing jobs, education, and mentorship. Each of their products has a tag signed by the woman who made it, so you can learn about them on KKi's website and even write them a thank you note!

 
Source: Pink Arrows Boutique

Source: Pink Arrows Boutique

 

Soko

Location: San Francisco, New York, Kenya

About: Soko connects mobile-enabled artisans in developing countries with brands, retailers, and online customers. They not only use technology to provide market access, they use it to offer training programs for artisans. Plus, all of their jewelry is made of natural or upcycled materials.

 
Source: United by Blue

Source: United by Blue

 

United by Blue

Location: Philadelphia

About: United by Blue cleans and protects our waterways by removing one pound of trash from the ocean for every product sold. Their flagship is part organic house part apparel store, and much of their apparel is made from organic materials.

 
Source: Indego Africa

Source: Indego Africa

 

Indego Africa

Location: New York

About: Indego Africa is a non-profit that partners with cooperatives of female artisans in Rwanda. Each cooperative specializes in something different from jewelry to home goods to apparel. All of the profits from sales go to fund job skills training programs for the artisans.

 
Source: The Akola Project

Source: The Akola Project

 

The Akola Project

Location: Dallas

About: The Akola Project works with marginalized women in both Uganda and Dallas so that they can create better lives for themselves, their families, and their communities through vocational training and dependable employment crafting Akola jewelry.

 
 

Nisolo

Location: Nashville

About: Nisolo sources high quality materials from local suppliers in Peru, where their shoes are handcrafted by artisans who are treated with dignity and respect.

 
Source: 31 Bits

Source: 31 Bits

 

31 Bits

Location: Costa Mesa, CA

About: 31 Bits works with beneficiaries in Uganda to create beautiful products with handmade paper beads and empower people through fashion and holistic development. 


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