Internships are a crucial part when beginning your career. Some are paid, some aren’t. Internships are on the job experience for your future career! Employers are looking for experience in the field before they choose to hire someone. There are SO many options when it comes to internships. I’m going to share a few tips for scoring one.
While interning in the fashion industry in Los Angeles, I assisted with e-commerce shoots, errands, Instagram, influencer relations, organizing, and tagging product, and picking up the Postmates orders. This internship was a valuable foot in the door experience in the industry.
The experience I gained from Planet Blue led to me interviewing with Revolve for a position in their merchandising department. This was a huge accomplishment for me being that I had dreamed of working with Revolve since my high school days. I want to share some advice on how to find an internship
1. Follow Brands You Want To Work For
Follow brands that you want to intern for on Instagram. I initially heard about 2/2 of my internships on Instagram. Brands will usually post that they are hiring interns on their stories. This is a great way to hear about opportunities. Also, check the career page that brands have at the very bottom of their website. Internships will be posted there. Linkedin is also a great place to search.
2. Location Matters
Most internships in fashion are going to be in major cites. Think Los Angeles and New York. It’s important to keep this in mind when you are looking for one.
3. They Look At Your Instagram
I saw that Planet Blue was hiring an intern so I sent in my resume, in addition, they asked to see my Instagram page. Make sure your Instagram is not private, and that you are posting content that reflects you and your style well. I think that it really matters.
4. Low Expectations
The truth is, you aren’t going to be the next face of that brand. Intern work is humbling. You should be willing to do whatever you are asked, and with a positive attitude. Depending on what your internships are, you will be asked to do various different things. Be ready, willing, and able.
5. Hands-On Experience In The Field
Internships help you narrow down your career pathway. Just because you intern in something doesn’t mean you are going to do it for the rest of your life. Having hands-on experience gives you the chance to see if it’s something you would actually enjoy doing as a career.
Do you have your sights set on an internship in fashion? Take that risk! just looking for an internship in general? still take the risk. I hope these tips were helpful!