This summer I've been interning for Lafayette 148 in NY, which has been a dream internship so far. I have always wanted to work in the fashion industry and this summer I finally had the chance to achieve this goal. However in order to reach it, it took a lot of hard work and time.
I obviously still have a long way to go until I truly reach my dream job, but I thought I would share how I've maintained important connections and created lasting impressions so far. After five internships in 4 years, I've learned quite a bit.
- ALWAYS SAY YES: Something I've learned is to always be eager for all opportunities presented to you. Say yes to anything your supervisor asks of you with a positive attitude. Even if the internship you're at isn't necessarily your first choice take advantage of the opportunity you have and make the best out of it. Last year I worked at a used car auction aka very far from the fashion industry, but I made sure to try my best and learn the most I could. Looking back I grew so much as a professional and I probably would not have gotten my current job without it.
- LASTING IMPRESSION: Go the extra mile in order to make a lasting impression. Ask a supervisor out for coffee or lunch, write thank you notes, and do things before you're asked. A key to anticipating what is needed is by actively listening and observing. Watch what your superiors are doing and figure out what the next step is. I went through this during market when everyone was running around showing the collection to a buyer, I tried to always have the next outfit ready to show on the model. This made a lasting impression on a superior who complimented me later on always being attentive and a step ahead.
- CONNECTIONS: Networking is key when trying to get a specific internship. That's why being respectful and resourceful is extremely important. You never know who you will cross paths with one day!