Indiana INTERNnet celebrated internship excellence on Feb. 5, 2014, at the 8th Annual IMPACT Awards luncheon. Though the event is over and the winners have been announced, we are continuing to celebrate the nominees’ successes.
When you think of the fashion world, Indiana is probably not the place that comes to mind. But that didn’t stop Sloan Jones from developing her business and industry skills with the J. Crew Factory in Michigan City last summer.
Sloan started out as a part-time worker at the store. The next summer, she asked the store manager, Mariceli Paz, if she could be the store intern. With the help of an Indiana State University professor and Paz, they designed a manager-in-training program just for her.
“The internship allowed me to get a taste of what it takes to be a manager of a retail store,” Sloan explained. “Customer service, register duties, store events, …