How To Find Internships In The Fashion Industry
Landing an internship in the fashion industry is key to beginning your career on the right track. Internships will help you quickly build your résumé with skills and experience. They are also the best way to begin networking with fashion industry professionals. An internship is a stepping stone to building your career and landing that dream job! In fact, 7 out of 10 internships result in a full time job offer according to Internship.com.
In this article I am going to show you how to find and score an internship spot.
We couldn’t cover every possible angle of the fashion internship saga in just one post! This article is part of a 5 part Fashion Rockstar Internship Series. If you want to learn how to go from fashion intern to full time check out the other articles that are part of this series at the bottom of the page.
5 Ways To Find A Fashion Internship
You have enough going on in the middle of the school year to have to worry about applying for internships. Applying for internships can be stressful. Follow these five easy steps to start your search for the perfect internship in the fashion industry.
1) Start Early!
The biggest mistake people make when searching for an internship is they wait too long to start their search. Many fashion companies begin their summer internship application process as early as Fall! Block out time early in the school year to start your search.
2) Start With Your College Counselor
Almost all colleges offer counseling services that have great resources for helping students find both scholarships and internships. Some schools may even have exclusive relationships with local businesses for internships that may not be open to the public. Make an appointment today and ask if your school has any relationships with local fashion companies for internship opportunities.
3) Go Digital!
There are many job board websites now that post fashion internship opportunities. Find a list below. Set a reminder on your phone once a month the check to see if there are any new listings that you can apply for. Internships are available throughout the year for various lengths of time; not just in the summer.
4) Go Direct To Companies
Did you know that 7 out of 10 internships result in a full time job offer according to internship.com. This means you need to start applying for internships at your dream companies! Make a list of brands and companies that you feel best align with your personal aesthetic and values. Go directly to their websites and check their open positions listings if their site offers this.
5) Follow Your Dream Brands & Companies
In addition to the above, begin to follow your dream brands and companies via social media, and especially on LinkedIn and Facebook. This two platforms allow companies to have their own page where they often will post about open positions. More companies today are likely to post about open positions via social media. You want to be the first to know!
Fashion Internship Website Lists
Below are a list of websites that will start you on your journey to finding available internships in your area. I highly recommend that you set a reminder for yourself to check these sites for new listings every month as many internships are available throughout the year.
You know WHY you need an internship, and now you know HOW to make that happen. Read the rest of the Fashion Rockstar Internship Series to discover how to go from intern to full time!