Hi fellow interns! RIGHT NOW is the time you should be applying for internships and internships in the fashion industry are no exception! There are tons of fashion PR companies, fashion magazines, fashion designers and labels that are looking for interns during the spring and summer! I recently completed a fashion internship at Marie Claire during my winter break at Ohio University and learned TONS of lessons I haven&t learned in other internships. I also had a perception of what the internship would be like and was very, very wrong so I wanted to share a few tips and tricks for you as you embark on your next fashion internship!
- Wear flats. Seriously. I am a heels girl too, but I&m telling you...at least BRING flats to work. You will be running around regardless of what city you are interning in and will be on your feet all day. I have never needed a pedicure and foot massage so much as I did after my internship, so do yourself a favor and wear heels as much as you can!
- Get ready to run. In no way, shape or form, should you expect to be sitting at a desk all day on the computer. Most fashion internships, whether working in styling, PR or editorial, will have you on your feet in and out of the office! Whether you are asked to walk across the office, run across the street or commute across the city, you will 100% be on the go so just keep that in mind
- Study maps. I&m sure you will not be expected to have the entire city memorized, but being able to have a general sense of direction will set you apart from other lost interns. Being able to read a subway or bus map and understanding how to transfer from train-to-train will put you at an advantage before you even start your internship!
- Embrace your inner night owl. The fashion industry doesn&t sleep. Seriously! When interning, I was there most days from 9 am until 9 pm. Being out before 7 pm was a miracle! Rather than complaining, think of this as extra time to learn more things during your internship! Late hours can be annoying, but it will pay off in the long run. Plus, you&ll most likely be surrounded with other interns so you can make it fun!
- Be willing. Never say no. Never. There was an intern who told my boss to her face that she was "too scared" to go on a run across the city to pick up a dress. She said she was nervous of getting lost of the subway. If you can learn anything from this blog post, it&s this: DO NOT SAY NO. DO NOT SAY YOU ARE SCARED. You will be able to figure it out, and people will be a lot more helpful than you may think. Ask for clear and concise directions, keep your phone ready and just do whatever you were asked to do.
- Keep a positive attitude, always. No one is going to 100% obsessed with their internship or job at every second of every day. Running around can be annoying. Working late can be annoying. Messing up can be annoying. Instead of getting down, just think of how valuable of an experience you are getting by interning in the fashion industry and how many other students would LOVE to be in your shoes!