Nordstrom Selects Academy Students for Summer Internship Program
Nordstrom recently announced their Nordstrom Product Group Design Internship Program winners,
and all three of the coveted positions were awarded to Academy of Art University School of Fashion
The competition entailed forecasting future ready-to-wear (RTW) trends by analyzing haute
couture. Students were then assigned sketchbook development work for the women's contemporary
target market using the Fall/Winter 2006 season. This included a written description of their
design concept, visual research, fabric, trim, and color information, and croquis in color.
Designs were then selected from their croquis with collections revised and edited before
developing their final presentation of four complete outfits, which were then presented to
The three students chosen are:
- MFA Fashion Design student Yoshimi Fukazawa, who will be designing for Halogen, a Nordstrom
private label womenswear brand aimed towards a younger customer.
- BFA Fashion Design student Laila Ghorban, who will be designing for Caslon, a Nordstrom private
label womenswear brand.
- BFA Fashion Design student Joon Pak, who will be designing accessories.
Linda Marie Tiliano, Nordstrom Recruiting, revealed the good news and thanked the School of
Fashion students, as everyone at Nordstrom "was definitely impressed in the caliber of Academy of
Art University students and the design talent from conception to technical abilities was quite
evident." She added that "the professionalism and passion your students have for their craft
clearly came across. We are extremely excited to have them join our Nordstrom family!"
The competition also included students from Seattle Central Community College, Seattle Art
Institute, and Seattle Pacific University.
Nordstrom internships are paid and open to college juniors and seniors lasting for eight to ten
weeks through the summer. Interns receive training in management, coaching and leadership while
gaining insight to the many roles and career paths available in the retail industry.
Nordstrom has grown from one downtown Seattle shoe store into a nationwide fashion specialty
chain with renowned services, generous size ranges and a selection of the finest apparel, shoes and
accessories for all ages. The company's philosophy has remained unchanged for more than 100 years
since its establishment by John W. Nordstrom in 1901: offer the customer the best possible service,
selection, quality and value.
Nordstrom is a Hall of Fame member of
Fortune Magazine’s "100 Best Companies to Work For" list.
For more information on our Fashion program, please visit our
Fashion School pages.