After a successful inaugural year, RAISEfashion has expanded its paid internship program with the Anti-Racism Fund to provide more students with the opportunity to participate in the program. As part of RAISEfashion’s efforts to make the fashion industry more inclusive, RAISEfashion first established a partnership in 2021 with the #ANTIRACISMFUND a 10-week summer internship program that included a grant towards living expenses for students from four HBCUs – Howard University, Spelman College, Morehouse College, and Florida A&M University –as part of “The Homecoming Initiative.” For summer 2022, the paid program and stipend has evolved to include more companies as well as offer students from additional HBCUs (such as North Carolina Central University, Tennessee State, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff) the opportunity to participate.
HBCU graduates account for more than 50 percent of Black professionals and industry leaders, and more than $10.2 billion of the nation’s economy but there are immense inroads that need to be created to make the fashion and retail industry more inclusive and diverse.
“The Anti-Racism Fund’s goal is to enhance accessibility within every institution affecting BIPOC communities. Through our partnership with RAISEfashion, we have created tangible, long-term professional & mentorship opportunities in a historically exclusionary industry – with a focus on developing stronger inclusion and retention of diverse candidates at every level. Finding a group who is just as passionate as us to take action and initiate change shows that this is more than just a moment, it’s a movement – and we have the power,” says Lindsey Ferguson, Co-Founder Anti-Racism Fund.
In an ongoing effort to support Black students in overcoming the barriers many encounter in gaining entry to the fashion industry, the program will provide experience and insider access to companies in New York City and Los Angeles such as Louis Vuitton, Richemont, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdale’s, Shopbop, Tory Burch, Frame, Rachel Comey, Staud, Jonathan Simkhai, Veronica Beard, Pyer Moss, Lafayette148. and ITB Worldwide.
Applications are currently open and will close on January 9, 2020.
Interested students can apply here.