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Careers in Fashion and Retail

A Fashion and Retail degree from Ohio State has led our students to a number of satisfying careers. Find out more about the actual careers our students have landed.

Learn more about Ohio State's fashion and retail programs.

Student jobs and internships

  • Abercrombie and Fitch – Brand Rep, Mgmt Intern, Mock Store Visual Merchandiser, Model
  • Accessories Magazine – Editorial Intern
  • Aldo Shoes – Assistant Manager
  • ARDEN B – Fashion Stylist, Sales Associate
  • Arhaus Furniture – Buying/Merch Intern
  • Buckle – Sales and Management Intern
  • Carter's/OshKosh B'gosh – Sales Associate
  • Coach – Product Development, Sales
  • David’s Bridal – Wedding Consultant
  • Dawson Careers – Floor Set Design Assistant
  • DSW – Buying Intern
  • ECI New York – Production Intern
  • EXPRESS – Merchant Intern, Sales Associate
  • Gap/Banana Republic – Sales
  • Girls in White Dresses – Styling/Sales Intern
  • Godfry's – Sales Associate
  • H&M – Sales Advisor
  • Henri Bendel – Product Knowledge Captain, Sales Lead, Visual Merchandise Manager, Showroom/Brand Rep
  • JackThreads – Merchandise Planning Intern
  • Joan’s Bridal Couture – Intern
  • Justice – Brand Representative
  • Kay Jewelers – Sales Associate
  • La Senza – Merchant Assistant
  • Lane Bryant – Asst Designer, Design Intern, Freelance Merchandise, Merchant Intern
  • Laudick's Jewelry – Sales Associate
  • Limited Brands – Merchant Intern
  • Longaberger Company – Sales, Merchant
  • Macy's – International Concepts Specialist
  • Martha Stewart Living – Marketing Intern
  • Mast Industries – Prod and Sourcing Intern
  • Moochie & Co – Merchandising Intern
  • New Albany County Club – Retail Intern
  • Nordstrom – Customer Service Rep, Sales and Management Intern, Sales Associate
  • Old Navy – Customer Experience Associate
  • Pitaya – Visual/Sales Associate
  • Polly Brown Boutique – Sales Associate
  • Ralph Lauren – Sales Associate
  • Rebecca Taylor – Merchandising Intern
  • Reed Krakoff – Product Development Intern
  • Saks Fifth Avenue – Buying Intern
  • Sparkle Roll Co. – Public Relations/Event Intern
  • Station 88 @ Ohio Union – Intern, Student Manager
  • Stephanie Dawn – Design Intern
  • The Sharper Image – Sales Associate
  • Tricot Showroom – Intern
  • Urban Outfitters – Team Lead
  • Victoria's Secret – Merchandising Intern, Call Center Customer Service Representative
  • Von Maur – Sales Associate
  • White House Black Market – Design Intern, Sales Associate

Employment within one year

  • Abercrombie and Fitch – Assistant Visual Manager
  • Alliance Data Retail Services – Coordinator, Client Sales Support
  • American Apparel – Supervisor
  • Ann Taylor LOFT – Sales Lead/Key Holder
  • Astor and Black – Merchandising Assistant
  • Bath and Body Works – Assistant Merchant
  • Big Lots Corporate – Merchandise Coordinator
  • C.O. Bigelow – Floor Set Assistant
  • Chloe + Isabel Inc. – Stylist
  • Coach – Product Development Coordinator
  • David's Bridal – Alterations Specialist
  • Dillard’s – Michael Kors Specialist
  • Direct Buy – Kitchen and Bath Designer
  • DSW – Merchandising Support Assistant, Purchase Order Manager
  • EXPRESS – Dresser for Express Rocks Fashion Show, Assistant Merchant
  • Finish Line – Manager
  • Forever 21 – Visual Merchandiser
  • Gap Inc. – Visual Merchandiser
  • Guess? – Retail Merchandising Assistant
  • Jo-Ann Stores – Purchasing Coord/Asst Buyer
  • Jos. A. Bank Clothiers – Asst Merchandise Mgr
  • Kohl’s – Assistant Store Manger
  • La Senza – Assistant Merchandiser
  • Lane Bryant – Allocator, Assistant Buyer,
  • Assistant Designer, Freelance Sourcing
  • Limited Brands – Inventory Deployment Analyst, Merchant, Space Planning Analyst
  • Macy's – Executive Development Program, Fine Jewelry Clerical, Operating Asst, Sales Manager, Marketing Account Rep, Intern Coordinator
  • MGF Sourcing – Product Development Assistant
  • Nordstorm – Assistant Manager, Department Manager, Personal Stylist, Sales Associate
  • President Tuxedo – Retail Merchant
  • Rampage – Design Assistant
  • Rue La La – Event Coordinator
  • Saks Fifth Avenue – Sales Consultant, Stylist
  • Sketchers – Administrative Assistant to EVP
  • Tartan Fields Golf Club – Merchandise Coord
  • The Limited – Associate Merchant
  • Thirty–One Gifts – Consultant Support Rep
  • Tween Brands – Asst Buyer, Asst Merchant
  • Zulily – Assistant Buyer, Stylist

Professional positions: 3-5 years post-graduation

  • Alfred Angelo – Bridal Consultant
  • American Signature Furniture – Merchandise Assortment Coordinator
  • Big Lots – Merchandise Coordinator
  • Brighton Collectables – Purchasing Clerk
  • Dress Barn – Assistant Manager
  • DSW – Assistant Buyer, Associate Buyer
  • House of Hoops/Footlocker – Asst Manager
  • JC Penney – Site Merchant
  • Limited Brands – E-Commerce Merchant, Store Development and Sourcing
  • Michael Kors – Supervisor
  • Nordstrom – Department Manager
  • The North Face – Product Developer
  • Regatta Group – Product Developer and Controller, Footwear Buyer
  • Ross Stores – Assistant Buyer
  • Sports Authority – Corp Visual Merchandiser
  • Stella and Dot – Independent/Personal Stylist
  • The Limited – eCommerce Assoc Merchant
  • Thirty-One Gifts – Asst Production Coordinator
  • Victoria’s Secret – Visual Coordinator
  • Walt Disney Imagineers – Photographer

Professions other than fashion and retail

  • Bank Management
  • Client Services Coordinator
  • Event Coordinator
  • Financial Services
  • Hospitality Marketing
  • Human Resources, Staffing
  • Property Management
  • Real Estate Appraiser, Agent
  • Salon and Spa Manager

Pay, job outlook and work environment

A Fashion and Retail degree develops skills that transfer to other professions, including:

How to improve your hiring potential the fashion and retail industries

  • Build a LinkedIn profile to 100 percent
  • Intern at a store or design studio
  • Join a professional association
  • Lead a related student organization
  • Learn a foreign language, study abroad
  • Master computer application skills
  • Plan a successful campus event
  • Read industry periodicals for trends and business strategies
  • Volunteer