Fashion studio

Your guide to finding a fashion internship

Breaking into the fashion industry can be difficult, due to the competitive nature of the business. But with the passion, drive and right experience – you’re already half way there. No matter what position you're applying for, if you receive an interview, you’ll be asked what kind of industry experience you’ve had. So, here are some top tips on how to gain this experience, and build a solid Fashion Marketing career:

1. Compose the perfect portfolio 

Your portfolio is your opportunity to showcase your best work – giving future employers something concrete to evaluate, and showing what you can bring to the table. It may seem like a tricky task, so here are our top tips. 

2. Search for a fashion internship 

A fashion degree looks great on your CV, but nothing beats real-world experience. Websites like, Fashion Workie and Fashion United are good places to start, as well as LinkedIn and Indeed. Your tutors will also have great contacts and Regent’s Careers team is always on the lookout for student opportunities. 

3. Get personal and think small 

As well as applying for jobs and internships via brands’ websites, find their employers via LinkedIn and send them a friendly message – they might be able to put you in touch with decision-makers. It’s worth contacting smaller players and start-ups too – you’ll learn more, gain more experiences, and receive more recognition. 

4. Get stuck in  

Make the most of internships by setting yourself goals, working on as many different projects as possible and asking questions – this is your chance to learn from industry professionals. 

5. Become a fashion all-rounder 

If you’re studying Fashion Marketing, why not gain experience in the creative side of the industry (design, photography, illustration) and if you’re studying Fashion Design, delve a little deeper into the basics of business and marketing – you’ll be much more valuable if you have knowledge of all aspects of the industry.


6. Every little helps

If you’re struggling to find a paid internship in the specific field you’re interested in, volunteer – it’s often a good way of proving your dedication (and not many companies will turn down an extra pair of hands). Working in retail is also helpful – it might not seem as glamorous, but you’ll see different fabrics, body shapes, campaigns and customers in person, and gain insider knowledge.

7. Curate your fashion CV

Different from your normal CV, this shouldn’t include anything that isn’t related to fashion. Include any related work experience, training, certificates and even memberships to professional bodies or organisations – showing your dedication and passion. If you have them, you should also add details of your own fashion-related blogs or social pages, as well as a link to your portfolio of work.

8. Be present online

Take initiative: start your own blog showcasing your designs, inspirations, reviews or personal style – it’s one of the best ways to build your network and gain recognition. Even if your future employer hasn’t heard of you yet, showing off what you’ve accomplished in your spare time gives you a huge step up.

9. Keep up with fashion trends

Last but not least, stay up to date with what happens in the fashion industry. Follow designers, PRs and brands on social media to keep tabs on news and trends – when you land your big break, you’ll be knowledgeable enough to form an opinion and provide valuable input.

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