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Fashion Student Survival Guide: Freshman Year Internship

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So it's your freshman year of college, you're finally learning what a syllabus is, memorizing your student ID number, and now, while reading down the course credit list, you realize it's time to find an internship for college credit.

Your first internship at LIM College has to be in retail, so a personal suggestion I would make is to get an idea of the places you would like to work and see if they are hiring interns. Leaving anything to the last minute is a bad idea, especially in college. So get ahead of the game and see if the places you would like to intern for are looking for any interns. The worst they can say is "no."

Luckily, as LIM College students, we have the advantage of having a Symplicity account through our Center for Career Management. It shows us what places are hiring and lets us send companies our LIM-approved resumes.

It might take more than one interview to get an internship, but don't get discouraged. Just think of each interview as a learning experience. Focus on what you could have done better and be prepared to fix it for the next interview that comes along. I am a strong believer that everything happens for a reason and whatever is meant to be will be.

If you're juggling school, a fashion internship and work, it's inevitable to feel overwhelmed. But keep in mind that every internship in fashion is one more step in the right direction to get your dream job once you graduate. LIM College really prepares you for the real world. If you need to cut down on a few hours of work per week in order to complete your internship hours, just explain that to your boss. I always say that school is my number-one priority. Yes, we all get stressed now and then, but nothing is impossible. Keep your head up - keep calm and carry on!

It really helps me to keep an agenda. I even write notes on my phone so that if someone needs to know my availability, I have it ready to share. This is especially important while looking for an internship.

My Dad always told me that if you're doing something that you love, it's not work. This is why it's important to find a company you're interested in while interning. You have to be enthusiastic, confident and willing to work hard.  Finally, remember that each day is a new one and you can make a fresh start. Take a deep breath and just remember that one day all of this hard work will pay off.

Topics: fashion internships, student life, Student Advice

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