Shayla is obsessed with fashion and all things creative and she has an amazing eye for style. She's been living in the intern world for quite a while now so I thought it would be fun and helpful to introduce a new opinion to my blog.
Scroll down to see what Shayla has to say on interning and the advice you will want to follow!
Internships are the single most important thing for fashion students across the country—next to school and shoes, of course.
I’ve collaborated with Emilie to share some “modern” advice on how to land an internship in the digital age. Why me you ask? I started working in the fashion industry at the age of fifteen—yes, fifteen. If a high school girl sans fashion experience can become a social media intern turned freelance writer, than then you can land the internship of your dreams, too!
Utilize social media Although unconventional it’s undeniable that social media is one of the biggest ways for students to not only network with potential employers but find an internship. V Magazine, The New York Observer, Shop Jeen, and Fashion156 are among the many companies using social media to advertise available internship positions.
Tip: Search #interns, #internships, #jobs, and “fashion internship”
Bloggers Connect with fashion bloggers who work in the upper echelons of the industry to ask for guidance! This is a great way to not only network with people who have experience but collaboration could very well get you the exposure you need.
Tip: Joining the Independent Fashion Bloggers community is a must.
Visit internship websites I highly recommend the sites Free Fashion Internships, Internships, Intern Queen, and Ed2010 as they offer wide variety of opportunities from full time internships at magazines to telecommuting for beauty retailers.
If have little to no experience then volunteer Working at a local thrift store or at a small scale fashion show can help you master the inner workings of fashion industry and companies love seeing that you were willing to work in exchange for experience (because, obviously). It may not be glamorous but you have got to work with what you’ve got!
Be forward, not annoying If you apply for an internship and don’t hear back within two to three weeks then send a follow up email. With that said, that doesn’t mean you should reach out five times a month to harass the poor girl in charge of sorting through resumes—trust me; I have been that poor girl!
Have realistic expectations I’m all for the power of positive thinking and sheer optimism but if you’re applying for a coveted role at the Fashion Bible—known to us mere mortals as Vogue—expecting to be running shoots then you’re going to be in for a rude awakening. Since this is not an episode of the Hills, you will mostly likely be returning samples, organizing, transcribing notes, etc.
Sample work It’s always appreciated when hopeful interns attach a sample of either their writing, graphic design, or sketches. It’s an easy way to concisely show case your skills without having to be asked.
Tip: I suggest 4ormat.com as a professional way to show case your portfolio