Berry student interns for fashion designer | People
ROME, Ga. -- A Berry College student got the opportunity of a lifetime this summer: an internship with a nationally-known fashion designer.
Alabama native Sydney Hulebak spent her summer at Billy Reid's studio in Florence, not far from her hometown of Huntsville. Reid's designs have been described as "the modern approach to American work wear and cultured Southern dandyism."
"Personally, this is something I have always dreamt of doing. Ever since I can remember, I have wanted to work in fashion," said Hulebak, who is majoring in communications with a focus in public relations. "I came into college thinking that I wanted to be a fashion journalist, which I would still love to try, but really discovered that I love the hands-on process too much to not give it a shot."
Hulebak added that she applied for the internship on a whim, never believing that she would get it.
During her time at Billy Reid's studio, she took inventory of fabrics, helped to ship products around the world and cut cloth for a pair of pants to be featured in Esquire magazine.
Hulebak is very involved at Berry; she has worked as an outreach coordinator for Berry College Volunteer Services, was a 2011 SOAR Leader and also worked in the Dean of Students office.
"My positions at Berry gave me a drive and a confidence to strive for an internship in fashion," she said. "The positions taught me to think ahead and work hard."