Landing an internship at a fashion magazine seems like a dream to many girls. Surrounded by glamour and celebrities, styling shoots and being surrounded by tons of designer clothes. And let’s not forget the perks: free designer items. But it’s a tough job, and before you can even find that out aspiring fashion magazine interns have to compete with thousands of other girls to get the job. Here’s a few pointers on how to do it.
Always approach a fashion magazine internship like you would any other job. You’ll want to submit a resume, cover letter and references unless stated otherwise. Depending on the magazine they might want writing samples as well. Tailor your cover letter to each individual magazine. Be sure to mention recent company events in the cover letter. For example, congratulate them on a special issue or increasing their circulation; this let’s them know you’ve done your homework.
Close your cover letter with your objective, but leave this off of your resume. You want your objective to show you will benefit them, not vice versa. If you want to learn from the experience and hopefully turn your fashion magazine internship with them into a full time job that’s great. But spin it in such a way to make it sound like you will be giving them something.
Be sure you know your stuff before going in to the interview. Of course this includes company information, but it’s certainly not limited to that. Even the fashion magazine interns need to know everything there is about fashion. Know designers, know the models, know the stylists, know the photographers. And not just by name, know their styles and what makes them different. If they ask you what designers you would pull to put together a demure look, don’t say Cavalli or Versace. If they ask you who your top three favorite models of the moment are, leave anyone with a Victoria’s Secret contract off the list. You get the picture.
This probably goes without saying, but I’ll say it anyways: even those wanting a fashion magazine internship need to dress to kill. Many fashion magazine editors have said that they look for girls who can mix high end pieces with discount pieces and a touch of vintage. Your looks should definitely be trendy but still appropriate. Accessorize, but don’t over accessorize. Wear good shoes that look expensive.
Hopefully these pointers will help you land a fashion magazine internship. Always remember to be professional and of course be fashionable!