Debra Bartkowski ’80, assistant director of admissions, has an impressive background in the fashion industry and feels strongly about students experiencing the “center of the [fashion] universe” firsthand. That’s why students enrolled in her fashion merchandising internship course get a view beyond the streets of Miami. “New York shows them exactly what the fashion capital is all about and solidifies everything that they learned in the classroom,” says Bartkowski. This year’s four-day trip to New York City included visits with top executives in different aspects of the fashion trade: the fashion editor at the Tobe Report; a trend consultant at Promostyl; a lead consultant for Macy’s; the director of marketing at the Color Association; a human resources professional from Toys R Us; a manager from Uniglo and executives from Saks Fifth Avenue. “My goal in organizing this trip is to inspire them to pursue a position in New York — no matter the length of time — because the résumé building that takes place there is incredible,” Bartkowski says. “They can’t learn everything from a book, and to see what we teach on campus in action, acts as a great motivator.” During the term, the class met weekly. Students compared their experiences in their internships at such top Miami companies as Christian Dior, Next Models Management, Atico International, and the Design Center of the Americas (DCOTA ).