It is really important to gain experience by interning to help you break into the fashion industry! Paid internships programs, can be competitive and tend to have early recruitment periods during winter to early spring semester. Another alternative is to arrange for a non-paid internship (where you earn college credit).
As with everything in life, getting a fashion internship all about the preparation! Proper preparation, along with your other assets, with set you apart from your competition and will help make hiring you a no-brainer!
If you don’t have any industry contacts, don’t get down in the dumps! It could just be a sign that you need to get out and do some major networking! You can start with college career counselors, professors, and other students while also exploring industry events (fashion shows, open houses, trunk shows, etc.) where you can meet lots of new fashion contacts.
You can also approach creative agencies, designers, stylists, fashion editors, or fashion producers to say you want to learn their craft and are interested in interning. Many of these people will be happy to have someone come in and help lighten their load. Although you may not earn a stipend, you will definitely gain experience and exposure to the industry.
All of these people could possibly have valuable information that can lead to you getting an internship. To find the right fashion internship, make sure you openly discuss your job search with the people you know and ask them to check in with the people they know. Doing so could really help you out big time!
Here are 2 resources that you can use to search for fashion internships:
Free Fashion Internships: Lists fashion internships across the country.
Check out http://www.freefashioninternships.com
Style Careers: This is the largest fashion-only job search website.
Once you have scored an internship, make sure you build bridges with managers and co-workers while you are working there so you can keep in touch once your job has ended to keep the lines of communication open.