The Plumb Club has announced a new mentoring and internship program for students in the Fashion Institute of Technology’s (FIT) jewelry design program.
As part of the program, Plumb Club member companies will offer FIT jewelry students mentoring and opportunities for internships and jobs. The Plumb Club is also planning a jewelry career day, in association with FIT, which will be both live and virtual. In addition, the top three ranking graduates of the FIT program will also have an “immersive experience” at the Plumb Club Pavilion at JCK Las Vegas.
“We are thrilled to be able to partner with FIT on this initiative,” said Michael Lerche, president of the Plumb Club, in a statement. “The students who attend FIT’s Jewelry Design program represent the future of this industry. Working with them is one more step in fulfilling The Plumb Club’s vision of shaping our industry by fueling a student’s passion for a jewelry career, while also exposing our member companies to some of the brightest minds and creative new talent available.”
The program was conceived and developed by Michael Coan, assistant professor for jewelry design at FIT, as well as Michael O’Connor, marketing director for the Plumb Club and an FIT alumnus. The program kicked off with the fall 2020 semester at FIT.
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