If I would of had a check list on how to get the internship I wanted in New York, I know I would have followed it to a T, because when there are no rules and no directional guidance, it gets tricky.
For instance- Where do you start? Do you even know what you’re looking for? If you pick something, is it going to make you happy?
My original answers were like: I have no freaking clue. No. And, uhhhhh???
Lol… but seriously.
So, if you want a few pointers in the right direction, feel free to stick around. If not, these photos by Aaron Chen are totally dope (because he’s just that great of a photographer) so check them out and more of his work here.
P.S. like before I even get into it- I just have to tell you that Aaron is the actual shit because he will do ANYTHING to get a good shot. Including laying in the dirty, wet streets of NYC, probably ruining his very stylish clothes, because it’s worth it to him. Find yourself a photographer like that.
Tip #1: Figure Out What You Like
For me, I’m into fashion. So, I had to break that down to the foundation and figure out which brands or people originally got me into liking fashion. From there, I chose my top few that I’d love to work for, which honestly took me about a year to do, because I didn’t know this was even a thing. For example, I chose The Blonde Salad, Moschino, and Calvin Klein. Knowing that I’d be happy working for any of these brands because I already backed everything these brands exist to be.
Tip #2: Know Where To Look
I’m just going to make this real easy for you.
linkedin.com, freefashioninternships.com, indeed.com, and the actual brand career pages. Most brand websites will have a career section of open jobs if you scroll to the very bottom of the page, it’ll literally just say ‘CAREERS’. So, click on that and see what’s up.
Tip #3: Write a really unique cover letter, because nobody in the creative realm cares about regular format and the typical “To Whom It May Concern,” opening. So make each cover letter specific to the brand you’re applying to, like, tell them why you’re obsessed with them and why you’d be a kickass employee.
SHOP THE LOOK
Tip #4: Nail the Interview
Don’t just read everything straight off of your resume. I promise whoever is interviewing you has already read it. I normally start by saying I’m in school earning a Masters. Then, just pick a few key moments from your career and highlight those. And talk about the one major thing you learned from all those PR (or insert your field of work here) internships, like how to do outreach to find influencers, while making sure said influencers are also on brand.
Tip #5: Trust Your Instincts
If the vibe of the office, or employees feels off… IT PROBABLY IS. Also, read reviews on Glassdoor.com. People will tell you what the work environment is like, which is one of the most important things to me when picking a job/internship.
And that, my friends, is how it’s done. Obviously, you’ll still have to pray for the acceptance email, but it’ll come.
This is by no means a perfect plan, but just a few tips that could help guide you. My dad taught me a lot of this stuff, so I have no idea how people do it without that kind of help, or a mentor.
Stay grinding, and always curious.