Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is the BRAG Summer Internship Program?
The BRAG Summer Internship Program is a comprehensive ten week paid work and professional development program designed to expose students of color to retail, fashion and related industries. The program includes a one-week orientation which consists of key technical, soft skill and professional development training programs to ensure intern success. Throughout the summer, interns work together in teams to present business case study presentations that are judged by top level industry executives at the conclusion of the program. For additional support, interns are paired with an advisor and BRAG buddy to assist them through every step of their intern experience.
2. How does the internship application process work?
Students must complete the online application which is available on the BRAG website: www.bragusa.org. Applications are reviewed, and qualified applicants are notified to schedule an initial interview. Interviews are conducted in-person or via Skype or FaceTime. If an applicant progresses in the interview process, their resume is forwarded to a sponsor company. Upon completion of each company’s interview process, top candidates are selected to be BRAG interns.
3. When does the application process end?
BRAG has three application deadlines October 15, 2015; December 3, 2015 and February 11, 2016. Applicants will be assigned to available sponsor internships accordingly until the process is closed. For the best opportunity of being matched with a sponsor company, applicants are urged to begin the process as soon as possible.
4. How competitive is the internship program?
The BRAG Internship Program is highly competitive. Applicants are encouraged to submit a resume, along with their application, that illustrates their qualifications and interest in retail and related industries as early as possible.
5. What are the qualifications for this internship program?
Undergraduate college students who are rising juniors, or seniors with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0/4.0 or its equivalent.
6. Does BRAG or its sponsor companies provide sponsorship?
Unfortunately, BRAG sponsor companies currently do not provide sponsorship to individuals who need a visa to work and/or live in the U.S. Candidates applying for the BRAG Internship Program must be able to work and live in the U.S. without company sponsorship. As a non-profit organization, BRAG is also unable to sponsor or provide visas for candidates.
7. What does BRAG look for in a candidate?
BRAG seeks students who are interested in pursuing a full-time career in fashion, retail and related industries after graduation. We look for students who have strong communication skills, are highly motivated, enthusiastic, self-starters, innovative, results driven, and hard working. Students should also be able to demonstrate that they will be fully committed to being a BRAG intern by exhibiting qualities of analytical competency, leadership and professionalism, a respect for time, the ability to be a team player, to multitask, and to collaborate across all levels of an organization.
8. How do you determine which student gets to work at each company?
We match a student’s skills and qualifications to a company’s job description. The sponsor company will make the final determination of which student they will accept to work with their company.
9. Are BRAG internships paid?
Yes, the BRAG Internship Program is a 10-week paid internship. Interns will be paid by their sponsor company.
10. Where will my internship be located?
Internship positions are located all over the country. However, the majority of our internship sponsor companies are located in New York City. Select companies may make the necessary travel and lodging arrangements for their interns.
11. Does BRAG provide housing?
No, BRAG does not provide housing for interns. Students are responsible for their own housing. However, BRAG does have a supporter who offers housing options at a reduced rate. Interested students will be provided with the necessary information upon acceptance into the program.
12. Does BRAG provide food, transportation?
No, students are responsible for their own food and transportation. Breakfast and lunch are provided during orientation week.
13. What is Orientation Week and is it mandatory?
Orientation week is mandatory and must be attended by all BRAG Interns. It is a mini Boot Camp that prepares students for work with their sponsor company. Interns are expected to be prompt, professionally dressed and prepared for a week of intense introduction to the world of retail through seminars and workshops on topics such as personal branding, retail math, marketing, business etiquette, and retail ethics. A Broadway theatre experience, preceded by dinner at a restaurant located in the theatre district, is also included.
14. What is the BRAG Case Study Competition?
During orientation, students will be placed into teams. The teams will compete against each other in the BRAG Case Study Competition at the end of the summer. The winning teams will receive recognition, as well as a cash prize. Some students will also have mandatory group presentations at their host company. This is in addition to the BRAG Case Study.
15. What kind of positions are offered by BRAG’s partner companies?
BRAG’s partner companies offer positions in many different departments such as buying, planning, marketing, human resources, store operations/management, store planning, e-commerce merchandising, analyst development, retail management, allocations, design, corporate marketing, visual merchandising, public relations and communications. BRAG Interns are placed in a department based on their interests, skills and qualifications.
16. What are the program’s time constraints?
It is mandatory that all BRAG interns be available for the full length of the program. The expectation is that interns be in attendance from the first day of the program to the last. Vacations and part-time jobs are not permitted during this period. Interns will not be required to work every weekend, but as a true reflection of the real-world, may need to make themselves available on the weekend, whether for their host company, BRAG, or their case study team. Some sponsor company programs may require a longer internship commitment than 10 weeks.
17. Does the BRAG Program provide course credit?
BRAG does not provide college course credit to interns.
18. What is the BRAG Culture?
The BRAG culture is collaborative and results driven. It is embracing with an expectation of the students selected to deliver excellence. BRAG consists of a Board and Advisory Board of volunteers, who give their time, resources and expertise to ensure students of color are provided with the coaching, mentoring and tools needed to be successful within the industry. The organization believes this program is one of the ways to give back to our communities.