Intern at a small company.
When you’re at a smaller company like a startup, you’re typically given more responsibility and are more likely to get noticed by your superiors. I know people who have interned at very prestigious, well-respected fashion publications, whose supervisors never even bothered to learn their names. I’ve definitely benefited from only interning at smaller companies. My last two internships–Fashionista and a PR company–were basically two-person teams when I joined. And I was lucky enough to have joined Fashionista at a time when it was experiencing pretty rapid growth (and I was about to finish school).
Rachel Adler, who started at Stylecaster as an intern and is now Beauty Director at the site’s beauty offshoot, Beauty High, had a similar experience. “I personally started my internship at a time when our company was pretty small, so I was able to take on a lot of responsibility while I was still interning,” she said.