Maria Estrada

Fashion Design Intern | Barcelona
Michigan State University
19 August 2014

Coming to Spain has been on my bucket list, and I never imagined it was actually going to happen. I am a Textile and Apparel Fashion Design student, thirsty for experiences and making worldwide connections that will help me later on in life.

The internship location was equipped with specific machinery, cutting tables, and room for creativity i.e. such as working on a customized bicycle raincoat. I was able to participate in workshops and courses: pattern design, basic sewing, bikinis, and baby clothing. I was able to be part of the Master class de Papirolexia de Gori de Palma, who have collaborated with Swarovski, Vans, American Apparel y General Optics. My ten-week experience in Barcelona was the perfect balance of work and play. I worked mornings in the first month and afternoons the last two months, which gave me the opportunity to explore and live the local life of Barcelona.

I cannot emphasize how helpful it was to be a part of the Connect-123 program – thanks to the amazing director Lea Levy, I was established in my housing and well equipped for my summer and internship. My orientation included useful resources about moving around the city as well as other parts of the country. I was extremely pleased with the internship they found for me and guidance that was given to me throughout the 3 months I stayed in Barcelona, Spain.

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