Knowing upfront that a fashion internship may not be glamorous, can make the experience much more tolerable and a valuable learning experience once you realize it's what it takes to get started. Fashion, like many industries, requires that those interested in the field will have to take their time and learn the industry from the ground up.
As a fashion intern, it will be the experience you get in the field and the people you meet that will make the internship most valuable. Art majors are often interested in pursuing a career in fashion. These are students who enjoy using their creativity to take a vision and turn it into a tangible product. Students with a flair for clothing, footwear, and/or accessory design need to also possess the patience it takes to gain the knowledge and experience to get really good in the field, get themselves hired, and then become noticed as a designer.
Fashion designers may choose to work for one fashion company or become an in-house designer or they may decide to do freelance work and create their own clientele where they will design fashion and fashion-related products for customers. In addition to fashion designers, there are also other careers that those interested in fashion may go into. Students may decide that they are interested in fashion merchandising, marketing production, fashion journalism, and various other parts of the business such as becoming a buyer for a large department store or small boutique.
There are many types of internships available in the industry and I’ve listed common tasks found in some of the internship listings I’ve seen:
- Create original designs and engage in the creative process by starting out with a simple sketch and coming up with a finished product
- Learn the ins and outs of clothing, accessories, footwear lines and how to keep up with the latest trends in the industry
- Learn how to select and combine fabric swatches, buttons, and any add-ons to create a unique design
- A fashion internship can provide an opportunity to visit production factories and see how they operate
- Learn more about the business side of the fashion industry
- A chance to assist with magazine photo shoots, fashion shows, and the launching of new designs
- An opportunity to work in showrooms that feature designer clothing lines and accessories that are sold to boutiques, department stores, and online
Important tips for the fashion intern:
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