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NMSU students earn internship with luxury retailer

The fashion business is notoriously tough to break into, but three recent graduates from New Mexico State University are getting a leg up on the competition by beginning a paid internship earlier this month at Neiman Marcus in Las Vegas.

Recent graduates of New Mexico State University's clothing, textiles and fashion merchandising program Maria Rodriguez, Torre Stobb and Sarah Kesler, begin their paid internship at Neiman Marcus in Las Vegas. (Courtesy photo)

Sarah Kesler, Maria Rodriguez and Torre Stobb competed with students from across the country for the internship opportunity. All three graduates said they are happy not only have earned degrees from NMSU in Clothing, Textiles & Fashion Merchandising, but to also have an opportunity to apply what they've learned in an internship with a famous luxury retailer.

"There was a national search and they picked me," Rodriguez said. "I'm from Hatch, which is pretty small and I came through NMSU's College Assistance Migrant Program. I would have never gone to college if it wasn't for CAMP and I'm so excited because so many doors have opened for me."

Stobb, of Portales, was also energized by the news. "I am so honored to have been given the opportunity to work for Neiman Marcus," she said. "I am excited to live in a new place and can't wait to learn more and start my future."

After working in fragrance and cosmetics, Kesler, of Silver City, is looking forward to learning about different aspects of the fashion industry.

"The internship prepares you to go in different directions like management, sales, visual merchandising or buying," Kesler said. "That's one of the reasons I was so excited to get it."

All three interns are hoping this will lead to a smooth transition into permanent employment either with Neiman Marcus or elsewhere. "We'd be willing to relocate of course," Rodriguez said. "You have to go where the job is."