Fashion Merchandising and Management

Student and Alumni Profiles

Thomas Jefferson University fashion merchandising and management students aren’t afraid to jump right in to the professional world. Take a look at what is going on with some current students and alumni:

Name: Courtney P. Hunter

Major: Fashion Merchandising & Management

Minor: Accounting

Year of Graduation: 2016

Study Abroad Experience: Shanghai, Beijing, Shenzhen and Hong Kong

Current Internship: Merchandising Intern in Off-Air Electrionics at QVC

Previous Internships:

Merchandise Buying Intern at Burlington Coat Factory’s Corporate Headquarters
Public Relations Intern at Cashman & Associates PR & Special Events
Merchandising & Social Media Intern at Smak Parlour

How TJU helped you get where you are:

I was the Fashion Scholarship Fund YMA Merit Scholarship Winner in 2014. To win, I researched and analyzed JCPenney’s shortcomings for the millennial market, and created an assortment plan, sales plan and a marketing plan for a collection that would attract millennials, without alienating JCPenney’s core customers.

In addition to competing and receiving a scholarship in the YMA again this year, I competed in the National Retail Federation Next Generation Scholarship and was selected as one of the top five finalists, receiving a $10,000 scholarship for my achievement. I am the first student from Philadelphia University to ever compete in this competition, and it would not have been possible without the support of my professors.


Name: Madeline Bill

Major: Fashion Merchandising & Management

Minor: Accounting

Year of Graduation: 2017

InternshipIntern at Nomadic Thread Society

How TJU helped you get where you are:

Thomas Jefferson University introduced me to the YMA scholarship, and helped guide me through the process. This was the first case study I have ever accomplished, and throughout the entire process I had many questions - Professor Mariotz and Professor Crooks were both there to help. This reinforced one of the biggest reasons I attended Thomas Jefferson University in the first place: as a student, you are not just a number. The entire YMA Scholarship event was remarkable and I was offered an internship at Greg Norman at the YMA Scholarship Fair for this upcoming summer!


Name: Jenee Sampson '01

Major: Fashion Merchandising

Minor: Fashion Apparel Management

Job: Senior Global Merchandising Partner at QVC

How TJU helped you get where you are:

I recently spent over 18 months in Beijing, China working with the QVC China/CNRmall joint venture. I trained the local buying team while launching some of QVC’s multi-national brands for the first time in China. I am currently focusing on supporting the launch of QVC France scheduled for June 2015.

“Philadelphia University is a place that gave me opportunity to learn about all aspects of the fashion industry, from textile production to retail management. The fashion programs provided me with the foundation and leadership skills that I still utilize every day.”


Name: Tony DiElsi '79

Major: Fashion Merchandising

Job: Group Senior Vice President/General Merchandise Manager of Ross Dress for Less in New York and Los Angeles. His past experiences include VP of Merchandising at Macy’s NY; The Limited, Columbus, OH; Miller’s Outpost/Anchor Blue, Ontario, CA.

How PhilaU helped you get where you are: To this day, I’m very grateful for the guidance given to me through participating in an internship program during my attendance at Thomas Jefferson University, which led to my first job after graduation; along with the ongoing advice and encouragement I received throughout my scholastic career. One of the best decisions I made in starting my career was choosing to attend Philadelphia University. The advantages it has to offer are hard to find elsewhere. They have some of the best industry specific professors a University can offer and a quintessential small class size that creates a specialized learning environment. The entire staff takes interest and pride in their students and are committed to forming lasting relationships, which creates all-important future mentors for students. Thomas Jefferson University is well respected, and has a great reputation throughout the industry.

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