A much-coveted internship at a fashion magazine can be your gateway into this exciting and highly competitive field. Learn how to get your high-heeled foot in the door with these tips.
- Step 1: Dress the part if you're lucky enough to land an interview. Stay true to your personality and style but be as polished as possible.
- Step 2: Always send a thank-you note after an interview. Just like in fashion, it's often the little details that get you noticed!
- FACT: Research shows that 85 percent of companies use internships as one of the ways to recruit their full-time staff.
- Step 3: Start a fashion blog. It's possible you won't even have to submit an application if the right person comes across your site and is wowed by your writing skills and on-trend sartorial commentary.
- Step 4: Enlist the help of your school, which may be able to provide internship leads. Even if you don't attend a fashion school a counselor may be helpful in seeking out opportunities for you.
- Step 5: Send a resume and a cover letter stating your desire for an internship to several fashion magazines. Even if they don't have openings, they'll admire your ambition and may keep it on file for the future.
- TIP: It's vital that your resume and cover letter are error-free. Have a trusted friend or teacher proofread it for you, if possible.
- Step 6: Search the magazine website or websites of companies that own fashion magazines for job and internship openings they may have available.
- Step 7: Do your homework and study the magazines you plan to apply to thoroughly. Highlight your knowledge of the magazine -- as well as any relevant writing, journalism, or fashion experience -- in your cover letter.