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.
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!
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.
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.
Alex Heinz is the Managing Editor at RowandRue.com. She is passionate about raising awareness about the human rights and environmental struggles in the fashion industry through creative storytelling. Alex is also the Creative Assistant at Modavanti, a sustainable fashion e-commerce site. Previously, she worked with the conscious brands Della and Krochet Kids intl. where she learned about the power of alternative production methods and relationship building. She has also worked with independent New York designers Ryu Ryu and Nomia, as well as the CFDA incubator program.
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