Published on October 13, 2014

Fashion Internships in London


With the recent close of spring/summer 2015’s London Fashion Week, students who tuned in to the weeks’ events from around the world may be wondering how to break into this competitive industry. Even students at top fashion schools such as Parsons and FIT should look for hands-on experience outside of their classes to be best-positioned in their future job search. If you hope to pursue a career in fashion PR, marketing, or design, a fashion internship in London in the summer of 2015 would be the ideal way to make contacts and learn the ins and outs of this high-profile business in the fashion capital of the world. Below, I have listed 3 of the top reasons to pursue an international fashion internship in London:

1.Completing a fashion internship in London will open doors around the world.

In a city of world-renowned fashion weeks and top boutiques, you will get hands-on experience in roles ranging from design, merchandising, buying, show-room, and fashion week organization to fashion PR and marketing. Completing a fashion internship in a fast paced international city like London will demonstrate to employers your ability to work in fashion capitals like New York, Paris, Milan, or Los Angeles. An international fashion internship in London will not only give you real-life experience, but will also set you apart from others as you later seek employment in this industry.

2. As an international financial hub and fashion capital, networking in London is extraordinarily valuable.

As an international fashion intern, you will form professional relationships with your co-workers that will prove immensely beneficial in the future. Not only will your colleagues be able to connect you to their contacts in the fashion industry, but they will also be your best sources of career advice as you seek to break into a career in fashion. The work experience that you gain in your internship along with the benefits of networking in London are sure to propel you into a successful fashion career.


Fashion Internship in London


3. Draw inspiration from immersion in London’s rich culture.

Beyond a doubt, one of the greatest benefits of working abroad is the cultural immersion that you experience every day. As an international fashion intern in London, free time on your weeknights and weekends allows you to soak in everything that London has to offer. From art, music, and theater to meeting people from all over the world at bars and clubs, London is a vibrant city that is sure to spark inspiration as you pursue a career in fashion. Not to mention London's rich fashion history. Famous British models like Twiggy and Kate Moss made their names as international superstars in London.

With so much to gain from the city of London, competition is steep to make initial connections and find an internship placement. At The Intern Group, we help connect the gap between your potential as an internship candidate and the professional connections needed to get started. If you are successful in our application process, you will be connected to our team on-site in London, who will arrange for you to interview with one of our partners in the fashion industry. For example, past interns have worked at the swimwear boutique Paolita, in roles such as fashion week management, fashion PR, and design. In addition to setting up your interview with a company like Paolita, we also provide your accommodations, all your public transport, weekly cultural and social events, professional development tools and workshops, and more. I encourage you to apply now to make your dreams of a fashion career reality!



Photo 1. by Dominika Wojciechowska, CC-by-SA 2.0

Photo 2. based on London, Tower Bridge, by hans-jürgen2013, CC-by-2.0

The author
John Monahan
Before joining The Intern Group in 2014, John held senior positions in the investment operations field, including Senior Manager for Investment Application Services at Liberty Mutual (one of the USA’s largest insurance companies), and AVP at Bank of New York-Mellon. John holds a Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree from Harvard University with a field of study in Economics, which he earned while working full-time. A travel enthusiast, John has visited over 30 countries, and believes deeply in the value of international experiences as a lever for educational, professional, and personal growth.

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