FSC will help you on the way to greatness. Marissa Connor’s story is the perfect example of how FSC helps students succeed and brings them closer to their dreams. For as long as Marissa can remember she has dreamt of working in the fashion industry, and with the resources available through our Business Internship Program she was able to land her dream fashion internship.  
 “Growing up, I watched my older sister, Megan Connor, succeed and thrive in the fashion industry, and she has been a role model for me ever since. Seeing the type of work she was pursuing furthered my drive to want to succeed in this industry. I knew at a young age that I would find myself in fashion doing whatever I could to succeed,” says Marissa. At the age of 16, Marissa began working at stores like Urban Outfitters and American Eagle in order to get her foot in the door of the fashion industry any way possible. She worked at many different fashion related companies which packed her resume with experience. 
True to her word, Marissa continued to do everything she could to ensure she would have a future in fashion. She took advantage of the School of Business Internship Program and with our internship coordinator’s help, she was able to land an internship at The Fashion Foundation. Wanting to spend as much time as she could in the fashion industry, she continued working her retail job while interning this past summer. Doing this enabled her to continue learning everything in the fashion industry from the consumer shopping experience to the back-end processes that happen before products even leave the warehouse.  
Marissa expressed that her internship at The Fashion Foundation is something she will never forget, and that it was amazing to be part of an organization which thrives on helping those in need. While there, she gained invaluable experience in aspects of the fashion industry that she hadn’t before, including photography, website management, order packaging, and merchandise handling. She found that this new hands-on experience taught her even more about how the business world of fashion works.  
Loving every second she spent at her internship furthered Marissa’s drive and solidified her aspirations of making a career out of fashion. She is currently a senior and graduating this fall with a degree in Business Management. Marissa knows that fashion is not the easiest industry to get into, but she hopes to enter the merchandising world of the fashion industry after graduation.