With hundreds of applicants and peaked interest surrounding FLARE’s coveted editorial internships, I’m often asked about what I look for when scoping fresh faces for the fashion closet. Here’s a shortlist:
DO: Have a strong work ethic.
Whoever said that fashion is all glitz and glamour has never worked in the industry. Moving your way up the ladder involves tedious tasks and physical labour – whether it’s sourcing an obscure prop for an upcoming shoot, or schlepping heavy luggage to set.
DO: Show off your keen fashion sense.
In an industry of tastemakers, it’s important to practice what you preach. When it comes to dressing around the office it’s as much about who you’re wearing as it is about how you’re wearing it. I always take notice of a potential intern with an individual sense of style and a distinct point of view, price tag aside.
DON’T: Complain about the tasks.
Editorial work is fast-paced and demanding, so there is little time for bad attitudes and diva behaviour. A positive outlook and readiness to lend a hand makes all the difference when the fashion closet starts to overflow with back-to-back shoots.
DON’T: Be late.
With endless deadlines and early call times, our team relies on one another to keep the momentum going. We expect that our interns treat the internship as they would any full-time job, and that means showing up on time and performing tasks in a timely manner.
DO: Have an interest in fashion.
This may seem like an obvious point, but I get a surprising number of applicants drawn to the idea of working at a fashion magazine without even the most basic fashion know-how. When it comes to working in editorial it is essential that you know your stuff and stay on the pulse, whether its through magazines, websites, blogs, or newspapers.
DO: Give us a reason to hire you.
Whether it’s a background in merchandising, styling or journalism, at the end of the day it’s that certain je ne sais quoi that seals the deal. Every intern we take on brings something unique to the table that makes them an integral part of the FLARE fashion team.
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