Tuesday, May 17, 2011

How To Get A Fashion Internship in New York.

I'll start off by telling you how I landed my internship.

It was easier than I thought! For two months, I dedicated my free time to search online for internships in the fashion industry specifically in NYC. I landed on a great site called FreeFashionInternships.com where LOTS of amazing opportunities from legitimate fashion companies are offered. I sent emails with a cover letter and my resume attached to the companies I liked. I also went on the website of my favorite fashion companies (such as Net-A-Porter, Barney's, etc.) and sent e-mails to their Human Resources Department.

Within a month, I got my first internship offer at Showroom Seven. I was smart enough to keep sending my resume out to other companies even as I was in the middle of corresponding with Showroom Seven. I was already making plans to intern with them but the deal fell through because I couldn't fly out there soon enough for an interview.


These things happen, so be ready.  None the less, a month later I saw a freshly published internship offer at FreeFashionInternships.com for a public relations company that I really liked. I emailed them immidiately and within the day I got a reply. We set up a phone interview and VOILA! My summer internship was secured.

Tips to Help YOU Land a Fashion Internship:

- Don't get overwhelmed!! Believe me, I thought working at a design house or for a fashion magazine  was reserved for people with established connections. IT'S NOT! Just calm your butt down and write thoughtful cover letters, polish that resume and start searching for opportunities.

-Set aside at least one day to dedicate to the searching of internships and sending of emails. Great sites for you to start are: FreeFashionInternships.com, Internships.comEd2010.com. Also, go to your favorite company's site. Go all the way to the bottom, you'll surely see a link that says "Careers" or "Work with Us" or something along those lines. If they have internships available, they'll post it there. And don't forget to check in with your school/college counselor! They may be able to share companies of your interest, where previous students have interned.

-Email the company as soon as you can! Some internship opportunities are filled at a first-come-first-serve basis, so get to it!

-In your email make sure to include when you are available- how many days per week and for how many months. The company you like might hire you just based on if you have good availability, even if you don't have much experience, and they'll be willing to help you and teach you along the way.

Those are just a few of my personal insights, if you need more help on the basics of writing cover letters and resumes... GOOGLE IT.

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