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Courtney Nikkel

Major: Apparel, Merchandising, and Design


Minor/option/emphasis: AMD-Creative and Technical Design

Company/Organization: Purnaa Enterprises Pvt. Ltd.
Company/Organization website: https://www.purnaa.com/
Destination: Kathmandu, Nepal
Timeframe: Summer

Advisor/Coordinator Email: annthye@iastate.edu

I was responsible for...
Purnaa is a fair trade and sustainable apparel and accessory company. As Purnaa's design intern, I have a range of responsibilities which included: product research, creative design, technical design, pattern making, sample making, graphic design, and sourcing.

I accomplished...
Designing products that were being produced in an ethical and sustainable way as I was leaving and being the "expert" and go to person for those designs.

I learned...
It pays to have a unique point of view and a vision and specific goals for what you want to do. Be open to new experiences, but don't settle.

Advice for others...
Be open to trying a smaller, lesser known company, if it seems to have the same ideas/aesthetic/or vision as you!

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