Tips for Getting an Internship in Fashion
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Tips for Getting an Internship in Fashion

The Devil Wears Prada?

The fashion industry is ROUGH. I mean, really rough. It's hard enough to learn about it in school with all-nighters and studio classes, none the less actually live it when it's time to be a real-life adult. It's a difficult field to enter, and to anyone up for the challenge, I salute you.

I study fashion design and merchandising, so I'm learning both the creative and business sides to the industry. My school requires us to participate in a "co-op," which is essentially a six-month internship at the business of our choice.

I just began the application process, and was not sure how to get a college internship, or how to get college jobs. As soon as I started applying to places, I realized how tough the application process can be. Finding the right job in the fashion industry is difficult, not to mention extremely competitive, especially if you are wondering how to get a job in college.

One of the hardest parts about applying for fashion internships is getting your name out there. You need to build yourself up as much as possible whether it's through a retail job, social media, etc. You also need to apply to the right section of the industry, whether it's e-commerce, styling, graphic design, or merchandising. Here are few tips on how to make your internship application process a little less stressful and actually land a college internship.

1. Check online for companies that are hiring.

Believe it or not, some companies use websites to post their applications. I know when I started to look, I didn't know how to get a college internship, let alone where to find one. I ended up using FreeFashion Internships.com because new jobs are posted almost daily!

2. Amp up your LinkedIn.

If you don't have one, get one. Nowadays, so many companies are using LinkdIn as a source to find new employees, and we can use it to find them! You can "search" for your company of choice, and get in touch with people who already work there. It's also helpful to send other interns a message and ask them advice on how to apply.

Believe it or not, companies actually use them as a resource to learn more about you. Make sure yours is updated and looking good when you start applying! This is the easiest way to find college internships!

3. Do a social media clean up.

Your parents and teachers constantly nag you not to have inappropriate photos on your social media, and they're right. Even though you're not applying to the average business, suit-wearing internship, it's still a good idea to delete the pictures that may be questionable.

4. Stand out from the rest of the applicants.

Do something that makes you unique! Add a pop of color to your name on your resume, or create an online portfolio of all of your work through PortfolioBox.com. You're not applying for just any job, so it's OK to get a little creative. You can also create a fashion blog, or give your employer the link to your Instagram page if you think that will help you.

5. Always include a cover letter with your resume.

A lot of people forget this step, but it's extremely important to show your potential employer your level of interest in the job. It can't hurt you, and it can provide more personal detail than your resume will.

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Advice on Getting an Internship for People With No Connections

You suck, but it's OK!

There is no sugar coating it: getting the right internship is just as important as going to college at this point. While it can be stressful, it is more than possible to score yourself an internship.

A year ago, being a girl from small-town Indiana, I would have told you finding an internship in an industry almost foreign to my state would be impossible. Now, I've been to New York City for one and am on my way back this summer for not one, but two more internships. Here's some pro advice on doing what you think can't be done from someone who's been there.

1.Attend every career fair.
I know so many people who have gotten amazing internships from career fairs. While they can sometimes seem like a hassle, they are so worth it if you're serious about your future. Prepare a resume and research information on the companies you want to hit while you're there.

They'll be impressed that you know your shit; and if they feel like they're important to you, you'll become more important to them. While seeing a list of big companies can be intimidating and the "why would they want someone like me" mentality is an easy one to pick up on, there is a reason they're coming to your school: They're looking for people like you.

2. Figure out where alumni work.
This can be really helpful simply because people like to hire other people from their alma mater. While, of course, you have to have the credentials, school pride holds a lot of weight in the job market. Universities often have a list of alumni at big companies somewhere on their website, but if you don't find what you're looking for there, use the LinkedIn search options or visit your career center.

3. Search company websites.
Scroll to the bottom of the page and companies will typically have a career section. This is a good place to find out if the company is hiring interns or at least a good place to find an email and a name to contact with inquiries.

4. Find exact names and emails.
While this can sometime be extremely difficult, finding a way to contact a real person (not just jobs@whatever.com) is extremely helpful and important. A lot of times these won't be right on the careers page, but there are ways to find who you're looking for. Sometimes it takes serious investigation of the company's website; and sometimes it takes a little cyber-stalking.

I've gotten emails from searching names of people I know who work there and the name of the company. Sometimes they have their email out on other social and professional platforms. This works especially well for magazine internships. Search the internet and try to find the email format of the company you want to apply for, ie. firstname@companyname.com. The next step is as simple as finding the names of people in the department you want to work for (in a magazine check out the masthead towards the front) plug the name into the email format, and send away.

Search the internet and try to find the email format of the company you want to apply for, ie. firstname@companyname.com. Next step is as simple as finding the names of people in the department you want to work for (in a magazine check out the masthead towards the front) plug the name into the email format and send away.

5. Find websites that post internships.
While I can't tell you specific sites for all industries, for those of you looking for fashion or editorial internships, check out freefashioninternships.com (where I scored my first internship). These kinds of websites post who's looking for what kind of intern, as well as either information to send your resume to or an application right there you can fill out.

6. Ask around.
You'd be surprised how many potential connections are around you. Maybe one of your dad's coworkers knows someone, or maybe a friend of a family friend works for the company where you're trying to intern. Spread the word and see what happens.

7. Talk to professors.
A lot of professors actually worked in the industry their classes center on. Their prior field experience can help you a lot. Make a point to become friends with your professors and attend their office hours. Eventually, you may find yourself in a position to ask if they could help you out a little on your internship hunt. Most likely, they'll be more than happy to do it.

8. Get involved.
This is a great way to meet people with similar interests, who then may have helpful connections. Whether it's writing for a website like FlockU or joining an on campus club. Even people your own age may have connections they're willing to share.

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Internship Diaries Week 1: Back at It

A behind the scenes look

This week has me thanking the powers that be for two reasons:

I'm back in the city and out of the midwest

I'm back working in the industry I love - fashion

While I'm going to keep the name of the company and the people who work here out of these posts, for the sake of privacy (and also in case I have negative things to say), my goal of this series is to give you a peek into my life as an unpaid intern taking on the real world.

Let's first get started with a little background information as to where I'm at and how I got here. For those of you who look at who these posts are by, I'm currently a student at Indiana University studying Fashion Editorial Arts, which is ironic because I'm actually not working in the editorial world at all.

I've always known the fashion industry was apart of my future and before creating my own major, I was going down the merchandising path looking for any internship I could find. So I hopped on freefashioninternships.com (take note fellow fashion students) and started applying to random companies. Long story short, I got an interview at the place I am at now and this is my second consecutive summer with the relatively new high end contemporary brand based in NYC.

The first week is pretty much always focused taking care of shit that the company was waiting for an intern to show up and get done. I spent the first couple days consumed in bitch-work. However, I feel like I should point out that I love the company and I'm totally fine with busy work and sometimes menial tasks. I did everything from update stock on the website to delivering cupcakes across town to my boss's friend for her birthday (seriously). Luckily though, I have a fellow intern to help get shit done.

Sorry if I'm putting you to sleep, I promise from here on out the weeks will get much more exciting. I just wanted to start this off with a basic introduction and get the boring shit out of the way. If this summer is anything like last, stay tuned for crazy client drama, male model castings, and rooftop photoshoots. Also a lobster roll or two, we're really into those here.

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Five Things I Learned While Applying to Internships

It's never too early.

Going to college and earning a degree is hard, but getting an internship to complete that degree can be an even bigger challenge. Here are five things I learned while applying to internships.

1. Don't wait to take internships for experience.
My college expected students to wait until their senior year to complete a single internship for a school credit. This also depended on the student's major; not everyone had to complete an internship to graduate. I was genuinely shocked that the school wasn't encouraging more students to experience as many internships as possible as early as possible.

By the time my senior year rolled around, I had little work experience for my major, and was scrambling to find an internship that met my needs. While I followed my school's recommendation to wait until my senior year, it only hurt me in the end. They were probably trying to keep students from being overwhelmed, but in the end, they only starved students of more experience, and more opportunities for the future.

2. Don't wait until the last minute to apply.

We've all heard the saying, "it's not about what you know, but who you know." I thought that was true until my senior year. I worked in the communication studies office, and the secretary told me she knew a retired professor who was looking for writing and public relations interns. She gave me his phone number, and any thoughts of applying to other internships went out the window. To me, I had the internship in the bag.

My mistake was realized when the professor never returned my calls, and when I finally reached him and set up an interview, he never showed up. By this time, the internship paperwork was due in just a matter of weeks, and I had no internship. Because the deadline was so close, almost all of the available internships were taken.

Even if you think you have an internship early on, don't wait to apply to more. It could fall through, and you don't want to wait until the last minute to start applying for something else. You can always tell other places you've applied that you are waiting to make a decision until it gets closer to the deadline.

3. Apply to as many internships as you can.
When I began applying for internships, I had a very specific idea of what I wanted, and I ended up limiting myself. Had I applied to any available internship in my field, I would have had a better chance at finding one sooner. I was stubborn, and kept looking specifically for film or production, but I could have applied to so many more, and had so many other possibilities for myself. Instead, I only applied to a few, and ended up picking one I wasn't completely happy with.

4. Research the internships you apply to.
Speaking of choosing an internship I wasn't happy with... it's because I didn't do my research. Just like when applying for jobs, you will want to research the company or organization thoroughly. What is their mission statement? What have past employees or interns thought of them? While you obviously want to bring something to the table for them, you also need to consider what experiences they can give you. Internships should ideally be experience that helps you find a career, and if they can't give you that experience, you shouldn't give them your hard work and dedication.

Also, you definitely want to make sure the internship you choose isn't going to treat you like a stereotypical intern; you don't want to be doing coffee runs and errands. While this may be an internship to be completed for a school credit, you shouldn't blow off the work experience part. That's important.

5. Don't get your hopes up.
This one may sound odd and a little bit harsh, but I have to be real with you; some people are offered full-time positions from their internship, while others aren't. You shouldn't get it stuck in your head that your the company you are interning for will immediately going to hire you. Most places don't, and too many college students rely on that experience to save them after college. The ones who do get hired are lucky, and put a lot of hard work, dedication, and effort into their time interning.

It also depends on the type of internship. I interned for a small non-profit organization who simply couldn't afford to hire me. So start applying to jobs while you are still interning. Don't wait until your internship is complete and you have your diploma in your hand to start making some calls. It's always good to be one step ahead.

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Internship Diaries Week Four: Bullshit on Bullshit

I'm not a magician for God's sake

If I haven't already mentioned in a previous installation of this series, I work for free: $0 a day, every day, all summer. I'm actually totally fine with this. You've got to pay your dues in this industry and I knew going in that no fashion internship was going to pay me unless I was in the merchandising or retail side of a big name company (and I'd rather die).

But I do think that you can only ask so much of an unpaid intern. For example, the fact that I worked from 7:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. on Friday is absolutely insane, even more insane when you consider the fact that I worked a solid two hours longer than the company's actual employees. I was excited for the weekend to refresh and come back to a hopefully much less chaotic and much more smooth sailing week. That didn't happen.

Let me just say this: I absolutely love my boss. She's funny and bitchy and cool as shit. The owner of the company, however, I'm not such a fan of. This company would be great to work for and going into work everyday would be something to look forward to, if it wasn't for the "King of Bullshit" himself, aka my boss.

I'm not being dramatic or playing this up for the sake of this article; he is the most unreasonable man I have ever met. He's the kind of guy who, if he asked you to walk on water would expect you to literally walk on water.

This week was filled with unreasonable requests, even more than usual. Monday started off with the request that the other intern and I deliver a package 20 blocks away in less than 15 minutes... walking. Now I know I failed a math class or two in my day but I do know that that is absolutely not possible. Of course he was mad when it was 5 minutes late, which is absolutely absurd. Sorry I'm not fucking magic.

Then there was the request to fit a whole shipment of clothes, which is normally about 30 pieces, into a closet that was already overflowing to the point it would not shut. That took a solid hour to figure out. And lastly came the shit storm that was yesterday's sample closet debacle. The other intern and I were asked to stay late and refold a closet that holds samples for the current live season, which was no problem. Like I said, in this industry, you pay your dues.

We spent a solid hour and a half, sorting, steaming and folding pieces to get this already packed closet to look as neat as possible. Even after all of that work, we still received a screenshot of an email he sent to my direct report later that evening complaining about what a shitty job we did and the fact that he had to spend an hour of his time redoing the closet. When I got in this morning, I checked the closet to see what he thought it should look like: It looked nearly identical to the way the other intern and I left it. I think it goes without saying that it lit me up.

I'm going to wrap up with this: As soon as he starts calling me by my name, I'll start putting a little more effort into bending over backwards to accomplish the impossible. And for any of you dealing with bullshit bosses, I get it. Just remember that you're building your resume and as cheesy as it sounds, you're also building your character.

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Five Job Hunting Resources You Need Right Now

It's all about who you know.

Adulting gets really expensive really fast, and having to ask your parents for money is pretty embarrassing past a certain age.

So whether you want a little extra spending money, or are drowning in student debt, getting a job can solve some of your problems. But, most students don't know how to get college jobs. If you're unsure what you should do to get a job while in college, here are some helpful resources.

1. Career center
To get a college job, you'll probably need a resume, recommendations, references, and some killer interview skills. Business cards and headshots are optional, but they're definitely a plus. Your college's career center can help with all of that, especially how to get college internships, making it a perfect first stop.

2. Family and friends
Let people know you're looking for a job - you never know who's looking for someone to hire, and it's a great way to get your foot in the door. Honestly, utilizing connections is the best way to get a college job. Even if you don't think you have a network, you do. Make a list of people you know and start reconnecting, whether it's family members, neighbors, teachers and professors, or anyone else you may have happened to meet. Grab coffee or breakfast, and make a goal of doing this at least once a week!

3. Way Up
This site stands out because it's specifically tailored to helping student figure out how to get a college job. Whether you want a seasonal camp job, virtual tutoring job, babysitting gig, an internship, or a brand ambassador position. It offers options for everyone, and its blog has many articles that are relevant and useful, covering topics from negotiating a better salary to proper email etiquette when it comes to talking to recruiters and potential employers.

4. LinkedIn
It's like social media for professionals; and I highly recommend it. If you're wondering how to get a college job, this site will help you make connections and look through companies that are hiring. The LinkedIn Student's app on Google Play and iTunes is specifically tailored to helping individuals just entering the job market develop connections and portray themselves in the best way possible.

5. Glassdoor
This website can give you an insider's view to anything you may want to know about a company you're applying for a job at, from salary and benefit information to interview questions and employee written reviews. It's helpful at every step, from finding out if a company is a good fit and preparing for an interview to making sure you're paid what you deserve.

Even if you've been working at summer camps, fast food joints, and grocery stores throughout high school and college, you've probably realized that it's harder to apply for internships or other jobs. I know I wasn't sure how to get a college job, but once I found these resources, it made the process much easier. The more jobs you apply to and the stronger your application, the better your chances of finding a job you like, so get on these resources and happy job hunting!