Pedagogy and Professional Development

Building Networking Skills as Part of a Fashion Internship Course

  • Val J Birk (Ball State University)
  • Diana Saiki (Ball State University)
  • Jinhee Nam (Ball State University)
  • Paula Sampson (Ball State University)
  • Amy J Harden (Ball State University)


Networking has been identified as one of the critical components in career exploration and professional development (Paulins, 2005). Researchers have emphasized the importance of networking referring to the prevailing wisdom, which suggested that 70-80% of professional jobs are acquired through effective and consistent networking (Kross-Feder, 1999). De Janasz and Forret (2008) commented that many students lack knowledge and skills for effective networking.

Keywords: Networking, Experiential Learning, Internships

How to Cite:

Birk, V. J., Saiki, D., Nam, J., Sampson, P. & Harden, A. J., (2013) “Building Networking Skills as Part of a Fashion Internship Course”, International Textile and Apparel Association Annual Conference Proceedings 70(1).

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Published on
01 Jan 2013
Peer Reviewed