An RMIT graduate has travelled to Shanghai to be immersed in the business of fashion, as part of a Kmart Australia international internship.
Associate Degree in Fashion and Textile Merchandising graduate Kirby Lin was selected for the highly sought-after position due to his high academic achievement.
“It was an enlightening experience to have interned at Kmart Australia sourcing in Shanghai,” he said.
The program ran for two weeks, with Lin spending one week with the quality assurance team and another with the merchandise apparel team.
“It has been a practical and thorough experience for me to learn about how indispensable every process is, in terms of production and sourcing in this industry,” he said.
RMIT School of Fashion and Textiles Program Manager, Christine Clark, said the international Kmart internship program was reflective of RMIT's strong connections and global reach in the fashion industry.
"Kirby's success is testament to the hard work and dedication he displayed throughout his studies," she said.
"To be able to complete this internship in an exciting international setting such as Shanghai will be of enormous benefit to Kirby and his promising career in the industry."
While studying at RMIT, Lin was also involved in the Young Essentials Project (YEP), working with influential Australian retailer, Myer.
As part of the YEP program, RMIT students worked alongside industry figures to create capsule collections, some of which may be sold in store.
Lin said he loved how comprehensive the Associate Degree in Fashion and Textile Merchandising was.
“During my time in the program, I was able to experience a variety of fashion fields,” he said.
“I enjoyed learning about the creative parts of fashion such as visual merchandising, product development, and trend forecasting.
“But it was also very practical to have learned about the marketing and technical side of the apparel industry such as buying and planning.”