Magazine Internships

I get asked a lot how I broke in to working in magazines. The obvious answer is INTERNSHIPS!

I interned in the photo department at Maxim Magazine in Fall 2006, and after one semester was able to get hired freelance at other magazines like Country Living, More, Page Six Magazine, and Cosmopolitan. I’ve been on countless photo shoots, met celebrities, and have had my own work published!

The best advice I can give anyone wanting to work in this industry is to intern. And do it early, and often. I have friends who started interning at 17, and now have more experience than some 25 years olds working in the same departments. If you’re still in school, try to intern at least twice before you graduate. You can never have too much experience!!

Here is a round up of some of the best Photo, Fashion, and Design/Production Fall Semester internships just waiting to be filled! All listings via the best internship site out there–!

VOGUE Fashion Editorial Internship
Unpaid Internship
New York, NY
Vogue is looking for motivated interns to work in the Fashion Editorial
Department for the fall semester of 2009. Interns must commit 3-5 days a
week, starting as soon as possible and ending in December. You MUST be
enrolled in college and be able to receive academic credit for this
Posted 7/21/09
Contact: Please send your resume and availability for the fall to:

Glamour Magazine Fall 2009 Fashion internships
Paid Internship
New York, NY
Glamour Magazine’s Fashion Dept. is looking for fall 2009 interns.
You MUST be available AT LEAST 2-3 FULL days/week & currently enrolled in college to
be eligible per company policy! Please do NOT respond if you don’t meet
these requirements. We’re looking for ambitious, responsible, & organized
interns who love fashion & are excited about the industry, willing to work
hard, & eager to learn.
Interns work directly w/ fashion editors & assistants, gaining experience
with loaned samples, making inspiration & story boards, picking up from
designer showrooms, & helping prepare for photo shoots. Occasionally,
interns go on photo shoots to assist the stylist & sittings assistants.
Fall interns start in mid-late August & end in mid-late December. If it
works out well, we will ask you to return for the next semester or happily
refer you elsewhere. The internship pays $12/day.
Posted 7/21/09
Please email us ASAP at We will call you, if we’re interested, for an interview.


Fall Photo Intern for Esquire Magazine
Unpaid Internship
New York, NY
Esquire Magazine seeks an intern for their photo department.
This person will work closely with the photo and art department to gain vital magazine
experience working in a fast-paced environment.
The position is for college credit only and is part-time: 11 am – 5 pm/3
days per week.
Job duties will include:
• Helping with photography research
• Calling in products for photo shoots
• Help with prop scouting for photo shoots
• Photo returns
• Sending issues out to contributors
• Light administrative work
Candidates must be in a photography program. We are looking for people
that are organized, eager, have an ability to work in a very fast paced
environment with tight deadlines and someone who has a serious interest in
Posted 7/21/09
Contact: To apply, e-mail a cover letter and resume to chosen, please turn in a letter on letterhead stating you will receive credit. The letter must be signed by a professor, advisor, or the registrar.

Seventeen Fall Art Intern
Job/Internship type:
Unpaid Internship
Company/Publication Name:
New York, NY

Seventeen’s art department seeks motivated, detail-oriented, EXTREMELY
organized interns beginning mid-August and continuing through December.
Candidates must be able to commit to 2-4 full
(10am-6pm) days per week. For college credit only. Internship is unpaid.
Must have knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite and be extremely comfortable
using InDesign.
Posted 7/21/09
Please send an email to Emily Addis at, NO PHONE CALLS, with the subject FALL ART INTERNSHIP. Please attach your resume, a few lo-res portfolio samples, and your availability.

Harper’s Bazaar Fall 09 Internship

Unpaid Internship
New York, NY

Harper’s Bazaar magazine is looking for interns avail to start early to
mid-August and work at least 3 full days a week for the remainder of the
f/w semester. Candidates must have general knowledge of and passion for the
fashion industry, be responsible, hardworking, dependable with a can-do
attitude. Responsibilities include sample trafficking, creating story
boards, faxing/filing/admin, and assisting the fashion market team with
general duties. The position is unpaid but you will learn a lot about the
inner workings of a leading fashion magazine. Documented academic credit
Posted 7/21/09
Please send resume with cover letter to

Marie Claire Fall Internship

Unpaid Internship
New York, NY
The fashion department at Marie Claire seeks a superstar intern to work alongside one of the Fashion Assistants for the Fall 2009 semester (mid-August through December). You must be able to commit to a MINIMUM of THREE days a week, with no exceptions. This is an unpaid internship and you must be able to receive college credit.
Interns will be based in the fashion closet, working primarily with the high-end and European designer samples. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: checking in and returning samples, creating story boards, organizing the fashion closet, setting up for run-thrus, filing lookbooks, and responding to ongoing requests as needed. Candidates must be highly-motivated and proactive, extremely organized, and able to work well in a fast-paced environment. A positive attitude is a must. Previous fashion closet experience is preferred, but not required.
Posted 7/21/09
Contact: Please send your resume and a cover letter stating your availability and potential start date to, with “Marie Claire Fall 2009 Fashion Intern” in the subject line. ABSOLUTELY NO PHONE CALLS, PLEASE

Design Intern — SPIN Magazine
Unpaid Internship
New York, NY
SPIN Media is seeking an design intern who is interested in music and
passionate about design and photography.
The internship offers an excellent
opportunity to experience working in an art department at a major
publication and website. SPIN employs one art intern during the Fall
semester (August through December). The schedule is either part time (3
days a week) or full time (5 days a week). The internship is unpaid, but
all candidates are eligible to receive college credit. Candidates must live
in proximity to New York City. Strong typography skills and a working
knowledge of InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator are a must. Knowledge of
Flash, web design and Final Cut are a plus.
The application deadline for the Fall internship is August 7.
Posted 7/20/09
Please send a cover letter, resume and relevant work samples to

DailyCandy Fall ’09 Editorial Internship
Paid Internship
New York, NY
DailyCandy, a free daily e-mail newsletter and website, is the insider’s
guide to what’s hot, new, and undiscovered – from fashion and style to
gadgets and travel. We are seeking fall editorial interns to assist with
fact checking and administrative duties as well as other editorial
projects. Writing opportunities also available. Preference will be given to
interns who can work at least four days per week. Fact checking experience
a plus. This is a paid internship.
Posted 7/20/09
Please send your resume and cover letter to

VOGUE JAPAN Production Intern
Unpaid Internship
New York, NY

The NY Office of VOGUE Japan is looking for an intern to commit to working
4-5 days a week. The position consists of assisting with photo shoot prep
work, monthly mail outs of the magazine, creation of storyboards, general
office work as well as various other tasks.
The suitable candidate should have a strong interest in fashion and/or
photo shoot
production. The candidate must have a basic knowledge of the fashion
industry, be extremely organized and efficient and able to multitask.
Candidates MUST be able to
attain college credit for
this internship.
Someone would be needed to start September 1 with availability through
This internship is unpaid.
Posted 7/20/09
Send your resume and cover letter to


5 thoughts on “Magazine Internships

  1. Hi!

    I just stumbled upon the post using the tag surfer… may I ask how you started out, were you in school? I find myself at a bit of a disadvantage, first of all I live in Vancouver, away from these great opportunities and I’m not enrolled in any school that’s related. I got my university degree in Communications and now work in marketing & graphic design. Is it a lost cause for me?

    Look forward to any insight, thanks!



    • I went to school for photojournalism. Everything was geared towards newspapers when I graduated, but I knew since I was a girl I wanted to work in magazines. I just took the initiative and applied for every photo internship I could find. As long as you have a background in the area you are applying in (writing/graphic design/photo/fashion/etc…) you should be OK whether you went to school for it or not. Its much easier to intern while you’re still enrolled in school though. And interning is definitely a big stepping stone to breaking into the business if you want to work in publishing.


  2. I have a personal passion for fashion and magazines but not much direct and professional experience in it. I’m willing to move and even go back to school as crazy as it sounds to find work I’ll love.
    Anyway, great blog and photography, and thanks for your advice!


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