Show that you really want to be there.
Tyler shares her story: “I had been interning with Fashionista for nearly 10 months total, both in office and long distance, when I got hired. I think the main thing that got me hired was that I really, really wanted it; I sold my car and a pretty good chunk of my stuff to move to New York, and once I was here I just went where ever I was asked to go and covered whatever needed to be covered. I didn’t leave the office until I was sure that everything was done and that no one needed my help.”
Nora also made sacrifices to show she really wanted to work here. “When I had been interning for seven months and slaving away at retail for exactly one year (I refused to allow myself to stay there any longer than that), I quit the store and told the Fashionista peeps I was all theirs from that point on. Et voila–one month later, they hired me.”
Here’s how Marissa Stewart, an assistant editor at Stylesight, landed her job: “Towards the end of my internship, which lasted six months, I decided that I wanted to stay on with Stylesight for as long as possible. I wrote a letter to the Fashion Director asking if there was anything I could do to be a part of the company. Luckily, Fashion Week was just about to start, and they needed someone to help out as a freelance fashion assistant. I made a really good impression, so I continued freelancing for a few different departments and got a good grasp of how everything worked. When a job opened up five months later, I was immediately recommended for it and have been at Stylesight ever since.”
Interning as frequently as possible shows dedication as well. “After interning a few months at Derek Lam,” Suk said, “I realized how much I loved working here and became a full-time intern after I graduated. I interned five days a week because I wanted to be really involved and recognized.”