Published on February 5, 2014 | by Emily Segameglio

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Nike scouts LCF for potential interns

Nike Town store at Oxford Circus, a short walk from LCF

The internship positions will be decided in early March [Linwei Li]

Sports giant Nike recently visited LCF to encourage talented apparel and footwear designers to apply for the company’s paid summer internships in Portland, Oregon.

The internships will last for 12 weeks and start at the beginning of June. The successful candidates will be paid by the hour and will also have their flight tickets to America paid for by Nike.

When Nike visited LCF last month, potential internship applicants were each given a 15–minute interview where the students and recent graduates could show their work and get advice on the next steps to take.

Applicants were also asked to submit pieces of work along with their CVs for Nike’s consideration.

Betsy Parker, executive creative talent scout at Nike said: “We had such a good response, I had to come back a second day.”

Decisions

Designers now have until February 17 to apply for the internships, and decisions will be made in early March.

Adam Watling, client team manager for LCF careers and organiser of the event said: “They (Nike) chose to target LCF talent as we have had a really good relationship with them through our centre for sustainable fashion department, who worked with them on creating a Nike sustainability app which launched last year.”

“It will benefit Nike to form relationships with those that may want to work at Nike Inc, perhaps now or perhaps in five years. Building relationships is key.” Betsy Parker

Nike are now looking for candidates that will take them somewhere new, with a passion for design and innovative ideas.

Parker explained: “Nike is constantly looking for young talent from a global perspective. We had great results with LCF being a part of building the Making app, that we wanted to explore the students’ work as well. It will benefit Nike to begin to speak with the students and form relationships with those that may want to work at Nike Inc, perhaps now or perhaps in five years. Building relationships is key.”

She also told LCF News that Nike is “really keen” to continue to work with LCF in the future, adding: “LCF students are interesting to us because of the specific courses they do as well – they cover so many areas.”

 

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