How to get a fashion internships
Posted on Thursday, January 30, 2020 by Charlotte Hanna — No comments
Internships are a great way to develop your skills and experience within a fashion environment. They're also a useful way to make contacts and network with colleagues. Industry experience, coupled with a fashion degree, will make you an attractive prospect to potential employers.
Most fashion internships are short-term, typically between three months to a year in length. They're advertised often and filled quickly, so competition for posts is fierce. Voluntary placements typically last between one and three months.
For work experience and fashion internship opportunities look to design houses, fashion magazines and retailers.
The speculative approach often proves successful, especially when trying to seek out unadvertised opportunities. Do some research into the design houses that you'd like to work for and build a speculative covering letter that outlines what you can do for them. Take advantage of a placement years while at university and any industry connections you make while studying. Design houses such as Alexander McQueen, Matthew Williamson, Mary Katrantzou, Julien McDonald, House of Holland, Erdem, French Connection and Marks & Spencer all advertise fashion internships. Fashion retailers such as ASOS, Arcadia, Jules B, River Island, Kurt Geiger, L.K.Bennett, Tu and Oasis also take on interns and work experience students.
It's also worth looking into less obvious areas of fashion for placement opportunities, such as the costume departments of film, television and theatre companies. Work experience of this nature is extremely sought after so aim to apply a good six months in advance.
Volunteering for fashion-related charities such as Fashion Awareness Direct (FAD) and Dress for Success demonstrates your passion for the industry and enables you to gain valuable fashion experience while giving back to the community.