SOAS student explores fashion supply chain through internship scheme
2 April 2014
Gabrielle Powell, an MSc Development Studies student at SOAS, University of London, secured an internship with ethical fashion retailer Pants to Poverty where she had the opportunity to put her course theory into practice.
Pants to Poverty, an organisation which aims to improve the supply chain ‘from cotton to bottom’ by linking farmer, factories, retailers and consumers, meant Gabrielle was heavily involved in working on and raising awareness of the supply chain from marginalised producers to global consumer.
In this role Gabrielle helped to value social and environmental capital in the pants to poverty supply chain, where she was responsible for the social and human valuation. The project was so successful that is has been shortlisted for a Global Leadership Award in Sustainable Apparel.
One of the main reasons for choosing an internship, for Gabrielle, was to help make her course more vocational. She was keen to apply the knowledge gained from her course into a practical situation.
Gabrielle said: “You can develop your skills and balance your mind - it is easy to get carried away with the theory, but this helps to bring it back to a much more practical level. Similarly, it helps you with your learning as you constantly think about how you can apply that knowledge."
The Development Studies student also had the opportunity to work on the Fashion Revolution Day campaign, which is designed to make consumers think about how and where their clothes are produced. On 24 April this year, people will be asked to wear their clothes inside out to help initiate a process of discovery.
Gabrielle added: “The second real benefit of being part of a campaign is the gaining experience in the business element. Being part of a social enterprise helps you to understand how a business needs to function. The experience has been invaluable and I’d definitely recommend students to apply to Santander Universities’ Scheme.”
Internship schemes are still available through the Santander Universities’ Scheme. For more information contact Alexandra Lesmes.