Teen VOGUE Fashion University 2011

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This past Saturday, I was invited to sit in at Teen Vogue Fashion University, a program that lets high school and college students attend a weekend full of seminars featuring some of the top names in fashion giving out tips, tricks, and advice on how to make it in the industry.

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Teen VOGUE Editor-in-chief Amy Astley moderated the seminars

The morning began with a keynote address from Michael Kors.

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Even the non-fashion world is familiar with Michael after his years as a judge on Project Runway, but it’s his 30 year career as a fashion designer that earned him the honor of dishing out advice to an auditorium packed full of teenagers

Michael’s talk was one of the most inspiring I’ve ever heard from anyone in fashion. He talked about how much he loved fashion, from as far back as age 5. And gave excellent advice on how young people could turn their own love of the field into a career.

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Michael and Amy during the Q&A

One of the points I really agreed with, was Michael’s opinion that in the internet age, everyone expects young up and coming designers in particular to be “seasoned pro’s” by age 21. He encouraged teens to make mistakes, ignore the rules, and do whatever it takes to achieve their dreams.

Pointing out that as a designer, “you’re only as good as your last collection,” Michael stressed the importance of never ceasing to learn new things, and experiment with new ideas. “If you think you’ve arrived, you’re over”.

The best advice, which he repeated again and again, and credits with his success: His attachment to his customers, and never being afraid to get feedback from real women.

And for those just beginning their careers, a strong cover letter, but also a very keen sense of style, that shows you yourself can “look fabulous” on the job (regardless of whether or not your clothing is designer) will in Michael’s eyes, make you stand out the most as a potential intern.

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A stylish attendee, between seminars

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Teen Vogue Publisher Sabine Feldmann, Alexander Wang, and Amy Astley.

The second seminar I attended featured Alexander Wang. The 27 year old designer of the moment also placed emphasis on the importance of internships, crediting his own experiences with helping direct his career. His ideal intern is someone who is “eager to learn,” won’t complain about doing everything, and has their own point of view.

His best advice for aspiring designers—-being flexible and adaptable. Citing the 6month fashion cycle– which he finds to be a long time to be stuck on one idea, Alex told the audience that ideas and inspiration need to be an enduring process. “You’re learning until the day you die”.

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Mentioning his own decision to drop out of college as a defining point where he knew what was best for the direction he wanted to take his career, Alex said that to really succeed, “you must believe in you first”. “Don’t let anyone say you can’t do it, or you aren’t ready.”

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As for what’s in the future for Alex, he says a store in Beijing, and then Europe are next. But designer collaborations, which are in his opinion “so common,” probably won’t happen anytime soon unless it’s something very very different.

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Lazaro Hernandez, Amy Astley, and Jack McCullough

Jack McCullough and Lazaro Hernandez, The design duo behind Proenza Schouler spoke extensively about how their education impacted their careers during my third seminar of the day. While attending Parson’s (where Tim Gunn was one of their instructors!), Jack and Lazaro sold their entire joint thesis collection to Barneys.

The fact that Barney’s fashion director was in the audience to see their first collection changed the entire course of their lives. Their best advice for young people who want to pursue fashion is to go to school in New York City. No matter where you are from, attending school in NYC puts you in the center of the world “where the industry happens,” and gives you access to many of the top names and resources in the fashion world.

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Along with school, internships with fashion designers played a huge part in shaping the duo’s careers. Both said that an internship is the most important thing you can do “pre-job,” since school itself “can’t teach you everything”. Lazaro expanded on the topic, saying that having your own sense of style, and doing good work are important, along with people who “don’t bitch about menial things” and put in that extra effort.

Like Alex Wang, the Proenza boys stressed the importance of believing in yourself and being “the best you that you can be”. Mentioning that yes, sometimes the “business” side of fashion can be difficult and confusing, Lazaro said that while the business knowledge can come later you must start with an idea and “be different than what others are saying”. The most important thing is to have your own point of view.

But if your desire to work in fashion stems from just wanting to make money? Lazaro says “don’t do it”.

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Like many creatives, Jack and Lazaro said there is a fine line between working and not working. Inspiration can strike anywhere, even on your day off. So to recharge, and find inspiration which they find is sometimes lacking in NYC, they travel 2-3 weeks after every season.

At the very end of their panel, I got to ask Jack and Lazaro if they felt that the internet had changed things greatly for young and aspiring designers. Both said yes, definitely, that it’s “changed everything”! And that they personally of course find that critics matter, but they keep tabs on what consumers think, and “like to know what the kids are saying” after the show on things like blogs and twitter.

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Sabine Feldmann and Betsey Johnson

After lunch, I was able to make a brief stop at the Betsey Johnson and Whitney Port panels in the Conde Nast building before heading home. Betsey (who is always in such a happy, jovial mood!) entertained an over-capacity audience with stories from the early days of her career, and her stint at Mademoiselle Magazine.

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Whitney Port spoke extensively about starting her own line after gaining fame as a reality TV star, and gave advice on how aspiring designers can best deal with naysayers and criticism.

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Whitney Port and Mary-Kate Steinmiller

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Whitney’s audience

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Overall, I had an amazing time at Teen VOGUE Fashion University, and ended up wishing it had existed back when I was in school. If you want to work in fashion, and have the opportunity, I’d strongly encourage you to apply in 2012. You really can’t beat getting firsthand advice from some the biggest and best designers, and editors in the industry.

Even I learned some new things, and went home feeling truly inspired by the day’s seminars. It was definitely affirming to hear so many people agree with what I always say here, and say when I’m asked by young people for career advice: DO AN INTERNSHIP. And do as many as you can.

My university required an internship for graduation, and looking back, I can say doing one (eventually a second, post-grad) put me ahead of the game. And my internship experience was singlehandedly responsible for getting me my first freelance job, and subsequent three year stint as a magazine photo editor.

As many of the designers and editors at Fashion University said, you should never stop learning.

Check back soon for a fresh batch of Spring Fashion internships (always one of the blog’s most popular posts).

You can learn more about Teen VOGUE Fashion University here.
See the full photo set here.

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All Photos ®2011 Rachel Scroggins/The Greyest Ghost

Spring 2011 Fashion and Editorial Internships

I’ve been taking it easy and focusing a bit more on my personal life since fracturing my foot late last month. But I’ve managed to find a bunch of awesome spring internship opportunities to share with you. As I always say, for anyone trying to break into the fashion or publishing industries, interning is THE BEST way. Do as many as you can, as early as you can! I got my start in the magazine industry by doing an internship, and got a freelance editing job about a month after it ended.

Don’t forget to follow the application instructions. : )

Internships Via Ed2010.com:

SELF Magazine Fashion Internship
Paid Internship (!!!)
New York, NY
Self Magazine is seeking detail-oriented, hard-working fashion interns for spring semester. Candidates must be undergraduate students of accredited universities who can show proof that he/she will receive credit. Interns are responsible for keeping an accurate inventory of all samples coming into the closet, returning loaned items promptly and assisting the fashion team – including editors and directors. Fashion experience is a plus, but not necessary. This is a great way for someone seeking a future in fashion to get his/her foot in the door at a successful, busy magazine. Interest in fashion is a must. Interns will receive a $12/day stipend for a maximum of 49 internship days. Candidates must be able to work at least three days a week.
Posted 12/13/10
If interested, please send your resume to ola_matulaniec@condenast.com.

W Magazine Features/Editorial Intern

Unpaid Internship
New York, NY
W Magazine is looking for smart, savvy, well-organized, and
culturally-fluent undergraduates for an editorial/features internship
beginning January 2011, through the spring semester.
Interns will be asked to conduct research, pitch ideas, transcribe
interviews, and otherwise assist the editors. There may be opportunity to
write or blog for the website.
Candidates must be able to receive school credit for this position.
W is published by Conde Nast.
Posted 12/12/10

Harper’s Bazaar Spring Fashion Internship
Unpaid Internship
New York, NY
Harper’s Bazaar magazine is looking for interns for the spring 2011
semester. School credit is required. Responsibilities include sample check
ins/returns, prepping for photo shoots, managing the fashion closet, photo
research, creating story boards, faxing, filing, administrative tasks and
assisting the fashion and accessories market team with general duties. The
internship is structured for students looking to become fashion
editors/stylists. There is no writing involved.
Posted 12/12/10
Please submit resume and cover letter (stating your availability and confirming you are able to receive school credit) to sconly@hearst.com

Seventeen Magazine Art Internship
Unpaid Internship
New York, NY
Seventeen’s art department seeks motivated, detail-oriented, organized interns beginning ASAP and continuing through the spring semester. Internship is unpaid and college credit is a must! Must have knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite and be extremely comfortable using InDesign.
Posted 12/12/10
Please contact Emily Addis at eaddis@hearst.com with resume and cover letter.

INTERVIEW Magazine Photo/Art Internship
Unpaid Internship
New York, NY
Currently INTERVIEW is looking for interns available for a Winter/Spring internship. We are searching for reliable individuals to work in the Art and Photography departments of the magazine. The internship offers extensive responsibilities such as working on location, performing creative research, location scouting etc. It is a great opportunity for anyone interested in production and publishing and allows for a very hands-on experience publishing industry experience.
Posted 12/12/10
Please contact photoassist@brantpub.com with resume and cover letter.

VOGUE Magazine Spring Features Intern
Unpaid Internship
New York, NY
The VOGUE Features department is seeking an exceptional student to intern in the office three days a week. As an editorial intern for VOGUE, you will be part of the inner workings of the magazine and required to balance several projects at a time. The ability to multitask and to work with enthusiasm and discretion is essential.
Posted 12/12/10
Please submit a cover letter, resume and any writing samples you believe will support your application to voguefeaturesintern@gmail.com

Glamour Magazine Accessories Internship
Paid Internship (!!!)
New York, NY
Glamour magazine is looking for 2-3 bright interns to help the accessories department during the Spring semester. Ideally, the candidates would be able to start right away, as they are extremely short handed. The internship is for credit and a $12/day stipend is also rewarded. The best candidates are extremely organized, dedicated, have a great memory and ability to multi-task.
It is not an easy internship, but it is very
rewarding and exciting all the same! They are looking for people who can work 2-5 days per week, while days begin at 9 AM and end anywhere from 6-8 PM.
Posted 12/12/10
If you fit these qualifications, love accessories and editorial work and want to be part of a great fashion publication, please email Alison at accesories.glam@gmail.com!

Cosmopolitan Spring Beauty Internship
Unpaid Internship
New York, NY
Cosmopolitan magazine is looking for a beauty intern for the Spring
semester. This is a great opportunity for beauty savvy students and
newcomers as well who want to get tons of hands-on experience. Your duties
will include organizing the beauty closet, filing, researching stories,
blogging for the website, calling in product samples, and pitching online
and print story ideas. Candidates should be enthusiastic about the subject
matter (experience a plus), be highly organized and proactive, and MUST be
able to receive school credit. We need someone who can work 2-3 days a week
beginning in January.
Posted 12/11/10
Please email cosmobeautyintern@gmail.com with your resume, cover letter and availability.

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Late Summer/Fall Fashion and Photography Internships!

It’s been quite some time since I posted any new internships. Most summer openings were filled long ago, but a few positions with later starts are starting to pop up. Some editorial positions are already being listed for fall! Expect more to be posted as they roll in, but here are some of my personal picks for great positions:


InStyle.com Fashion Intern
Paid Internship
New York, NY
InStyle.com is currently seeking a full-time, paid fashion intern to
start mid-August. Responsibilities include assisting with administrative tasks,
celebrity/market research, collecting and inputting credits and
creating galleries. Candidates must have excellent communication skills with a strong
knowledge of fashion, entertainment, shopping and online media.
Applicants should be fast learners, detail oriented, highly motivated
and able to work in MS Office programs. A market background is ideal.
Posted 07/12/10
Please send a cover letter and resume to randy_miller@instylemag.com.
Via ED2010

Web 2.0 Fashion Marketplace Summer Interns + FT employees
Web 2.0 Fashion Marketplace New York, NY
The Venture: “Gilt Groupe meets eBay” Invitation only marketplace set to
launch Summer 2010
Specific Duties::
– Catalog Fashion Apparel
– Arrange photo shoots
– Create/edit promotional packages
– Provide editorial copy for the site
– Styling
– Overall operational support
Interns:: $250.00/Week
Full-Time:: $50K+, Sign-on Bonus, Annual Bonus, Benefits, Vacation, Gym
Membership, Subway Pass, Stock-Option Plan
– Undergraduate/Graduate with a 3.0+ GPA from a top school
– Magazine/Fashion/On-line Retail/Dotcom/Startup/Consulting Experience.
– Self-motivated, passionate, results oriented.
Location: New York City.
Posted 06/28/10
Send resumes to egorgla@gmail.com.
Via ED2010

Tommy Hilfiger Photo/Color Dept. Internship
Work with Fashion Photographer on daily tasks Help set up items that are being photographed Must be in an institution and be able to get academic credit for internship Must have an interest in photography and fashion Organizational skills Highly motivated
See the full posting here.


NY based brand TIM HAMILTON is seeking design intern.
Job Description:
-assist technical designer with flat sketches
-sourcing new materials in the product development faze
-compare garment measurements to specs
-overviewing product and assuring quality control
-visit factories to pick-up and drop-off samples, patterns, tech packs etc.
-sourcing materials for production
-assist production manager with spreadsheets and inputting information in the system.
-assist technical designer with laying out line sheets and tech packs
-basic knowledge of photoshop/illustrator
-basic knowledge of garment construction
-basic knowledge of fabrics and textiles
-basic knowledge of patterns
-strong work ethic
-strong ability to work independently
-strong ability to take direction
-desire to learn about the design/production process in the fashion industry
Send Resumes to: info@timhamilton.com

La Garconne / Fashion Intern
La Garçonne (www.lagarconne.com) is seeking interns for the Fashion Department in the areas of styling and editorial content for Le Magazine.
Qualified applicants must have an interest in fashion, be committed, responsible, have initiative, be computer literate, and must be available a minimum of 2 days a week. Internships are unpaid and can qualify for school credit
To apply for this position, please send an email to zara@lagarconne.com with the title “La Garçonne / Fashion Internship Application” along with your resume and a brief cover letter explaining why you would like to work at La Garçonne.
Send Resumes to: zara@lagarconne.com
New York, NY

Nanette Lepore Public Relations Intern
We are seeking a public relations intern to assist the Public Relations Department with projects.
The ideal candidate will have an interest of study in a public relations, communication, or marketing related field.
This Internship will unpaid and is for those seeking school credit. We require at least 15-20 hours per a week which are flexible.
Send Resumes to: careers@nanettelepore.com


VOGUE Editor’s Assistant Internship, Fall 2010
VOGUE is looking for an intern for the fall semester to assist Editor Jessica Sailer starting August 30th at the latest, with availability to come in for training a few days in advance.
You must be able to work Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. More days are preferred.
You must be knowledgeable in the following areas: PR firms/contacts, packing photoshoots, doing sitting sheets, getting credits, calling in samples, and other administrative tasks on a daily basis.
This is an incredibly hands-on, fast paced internship. It requires an individual who is responsible, detail orientated, hardworking, and has a broad knowledge of the fashion industry.
You must be able to receive academic credit and still be in college.
If interested and qualified, please send your resume and cover letter to

NYMag.com Paid Fashion Week Internship
NYmag.com’s Online Fashion Department seeks interns to contribute to
exciting New York Fashion Week coverage. Candidates must be able to
identify trends, fabrics, models, designers, and possess a love of
everything fashion. Any HTML knowledge is a plus. The ideal candidate will
have previous fashion internships, be eager, outgoing, professional, work
efficiently with computers, and be able to work in a fast-paced, extremely
deadline-oriented environment.
Candidates MUST be able to work entire duration of New York Fashion Week,
September 8 through September 16, including the weekend. Night positions
are also available. Please DO NOT APPLY if you can not work that entire
week. This is a paying position. There will be training pre-Fashion Week,
with possible opportunity to attend shows and/or continue work post-Fashion
Week. Posted 7/13/10
Contact: Interested candidates should e-mail a cover letter and resume to fashionjobs@nymag.com. Absolutely no phone calls.

Internship Description: Stella McCartney’s corporate office in Chelsea is seeking interns for the Fall 2010 semester available to start End of July-Early August. Interns will work directly with the US PR Manager to complete daily tasks including tagging publications for mention of Stella McCartney, daily clippings, corresponding with publications and stylists in regards to samples, checking in and preparing samples for fashion publications, stylists, and celebrities, coordinating pickups and deliveries, answering the phone, and assisting with specific fashion-related research projects.
Skills & Requirements: The ideal candidate should be available at least 4 full days per week and be detail-oriented, extremely organized, efficient, eager to learn, and computer-literate. Previous fashion experience a plus. This is a great position for those looking to expand their knowledge about both the PR and the fashion industry.
Hours/Week/Weekends: Eight-hour shifts/At least 4 days per week/No
Salary: Internships are only in exchange for academic credit
Send Resumes to: prassistantny@stellamccartney.com

Fall Fashion Department Internship-Allure magazine

-Candidate MUST be in School and be able to receive school credit for internship
-be available a minimum 2 days a week M-F from 9am- 7pm
Internship details-
-traffic samples
-work on style.com
-Run errands
-prep for photo shoots
-general office work
-maintain the fashion closet
Send Resumes to: Thomas_waller@allure.com
New York City, NY
July 07, 2010

As always please do NOT call the internship contacts unless it specifically asks you to contact them via phone. It’s always a bright idea to check the date the posting was made. Odds are if you’re reading this three months from now, the position has been filled. Try asking about future positions instead.

For more advice about interning, check out Ed2010.com
Tons of fashion internship listings are posted weekly here.

March 2010 Fashion Job and Internship Postings

Internship postings have become one of my blog’s most popular topics! Here’s a new round of fashion, PR, and editorial internships (and one job) just waiting for all you college students to apply. Most are looking to hire immediately, but please read carefully as some are already looking for summer interns!

Interview Magazine Fashion Assistant
New York, NY
Interview Magazine has an immediate opening for a Fashion Assistant to support the Fashion Department in:

➢ Organizing the fashion closet
➢ Managing of both men’s and women’s clothing returns
➢ Overseeing of interns;
➢ Assisting with PDF files for market images, market work (appointments, picture uploading and making binders for department), and market research for shoots
Ideal candidates must have a 4-year college degree as well as a minimum of intern experience working in public relations, magazines, or for a fashion company.
Posted 3/1/10
Please email resumes with cover letters and salary requirements to popculturemag1@yahoo.com
Via Ed2010

Zac Posen Design Intern:


Design interns will assist the design team in creating show collections and special projects. Responsibilities include:
* sewing, patterning, draping, sketching
* developing sewing techniques
* manipulating fabric
* using computer programs to develop various ideas
* dying fabric
* sourcing in the garment district
* organizing , cleaning and general upkeep of studio

* use of industrial sewing equipment
* general patterning and draping knowledge
* identification of fabric types
* attentiveness, reliability, attention to detail, ability to closely follow instruction and to work independently, time management, organization
other useful skills
* technical flats by hand
* computer programs including excel, photoshop, illustrator
* fabric dying experience
* familiarity with the garment district
Minimum availability- 3 full weekdays/ week for one full season (three months)
Please email resume, cover letter, and some examples of your work. Thank you.
Send Resumes to: studiomanager@zacposen.com

Full-time web assistant for V Magazine:
Reply to: gigs-xe6gq-1616025342@craigslist.org
Looking for a full/part-time web assistant/intern for V Magazine and VMAN Magazine. Duties include processing images, setting up blog posts, uploading fashion stories/articles, creating web graphics, help managing facebook/twitter, help managing ad server, help managing online distribution.
Skills required:
Major plus:
video editing skills
video production
Right now the position is unpaid but could lead to a paid position based on work performance

Spring Graphic Design Intern, New York City Ballet:
Reply to: job-fqvqe-1612283476@craigslist.org
New York City Ballet is seeking a graphic design intern for the Spring semester – we will work with school schedules if applicable. The intern will work creatively within the Company’s brand style guide on various NYCB marketing materials (which include all collateral and brochures, posters, signage, outdoor, logos, print advertising, merchandise, exhibits, and some web graphics) with art direction from NYCB’s 2 in-house designers.
In addition to assisting with the design and production of marketing materials the intern will also be responsible for collecting research materials for various projects, helping to organize and archive jobs and ballet photography, and creating and mocking up comps when needed.
Qualifications: College junior/senior or graduate student, getting credit for the internship. Strong typographic skills, knowledge of Adobe CS3 (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator) and basic knowledge of black and white and color photographic processes and retouching. Portfolio required. 16 hours minimum per week. Unpaid for credit only. Travel stipend included.
Interested, qualified candidates should send a resume and pdf of a mini-portfolio to:
marketingcareers@nycballet.com. Please include SPRING 2010 GRAPHIC DESIGN INTERN in the subject line.

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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– Ed2010.com!

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: veronica_gledhill@vogue.com

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 glamourintern@gmail.com. We will call you, if we’re interested, for an interview.

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