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Apparel Student's Internship Provides Essential Business Experience

Andrea Wright is spending her summer working in retail each day, including weekends--and not getting paid a dime for it.

It’s part of an internship program the 23-year-old is completing as part of the requirements needed to earn a degree in apparel, textiles and merchandising and a minor in fashion design from Central Washington University in Ellensburg.

She could have done her internship in a big city with a big department store chain but instead she chose Pizzazz!, a unique boutique in downtown Prosser.

“I’m really not much of a big-city girl,” she said. “I grew up in Prosser, so doing my internship here means I’ll save money because I can live at home.”

Pizzazz! owner Candace Andrews was thrilled to have Wright come work for her. And she said she couldn’t be happier about the fresh new look and ideas Wright has brought to the store.

Read more of this story in the Tri-City Herald.

Story by Dori O'Neal, photo by Sarah Gordon