A. LANDING AN INTERNSHIP
With the immense number of resources and opportunities at NYU, it is relatively simple to find an internship in the field of your desires. For me, it’s fashion, and with the help of NYU CareerNet I landed an internship in fashion public relations working for a great company that represents major fashion brands.
While there, I felt inspired. After watching every fashion lover’s favorite movie, “The Devil Wears Prada,” I decided to scan through NYU CareerNet again to see which fall/winter internships I could find. I applied for many and got responses from most of them. One that really sparked my interest was Krupp Group, a New York City-based public relations firm that deals with fashion houses such as MILLY and Lela Rose. PR had never been an interest of mine, but it was exciting to be introduced to a new facet of the fashion industry. They emailed me back and I went in for an interview. That same day I was brought on board as an intern, making my first small step into the industry.
B. BEING AN INTERN
Becoming a fashion intern in New York City can be fun and exciting, but you cannot forget exactly what it means to be an intern. Being an intern means starting at the bottom of the company. This means that there is no task beneath you, and that the work that everyone else has earned the right not to be bothered with becomes your top priority. Here are a few tips on making the most out of being an intern:
1. Arrive early and leave late (and always remember, “Early is on time, on time is late, and late is unacceptable).
2. Work harder than all the other interns, it’s a sure way to help you stand out.
3. Be willing to do the work that no one else wants to do, and do it with smile.
4. Dress as if you’re the boss. Always come in wearing your most stylish (and appropriate) fashion.
5. Be respectful, be upbeat and be happy. After all, people should be excited to see you every day.
6. Most importantly, because you are an intern, everyone who actually works there is your boss, so be willing to help them in any way possible.
C. PROS AND CONS
There are a few cons that accompany being an intern, including long and often unpaid hours of work. There is also no guarantee that you will be offered a job at the end of your internship. There are other people who you have to compete with even if you feel more qualified than they are. Other people will get credit for your work, but they will also get in trouble if you make a mistake.
However, the pros of being a fashion intern are often worthwhile:
· Fashion Week
· Seeing your efforts pay off
· Interns, unlike everyday sales associates, will eventually move up to a more meaningful position.
· You get to work around the movers and shakers of the fashion industry.
· Fashion Week
When deciding to take an internship make sure that it works with your schedule, is something you love doing and that it helps you decide what you ultimately want to do in life. But most importantly, have fun. It’s fashion, after all.
Rafiki Johnson is a contributing writer. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.