Well, after many MANY months of trying I finally recieved an email from well known fashion weekly 'Look' Magazine, asking if I wanted an internship. Ofcourse the logical response to this email was to scream very loudly, did I mention I was in a lecture when this happened? Quite frankly I did not give two hoots as these Internships are imfamously impossible to come by!
I have literally been buying every copy in anticipation and screaming at anyone who is foolish enough to be in the vicinity- "LOOK AT THAT BALENCIAGA BAG, I'LL BE TOUCHING THINGS LIKE THAT!! AHHH!" Literally insufferable...
Just thought I'd share how I managed to snag the internship, as I know that it can seem like its an impossible goal most of the time.
I started by first looking in each magazine for contact emails/ postal addresses, and then on the website of each title. For most magazines, this is usually an editorial assistant's email. But for some titles, such as 'Now' magazine, there are guidelines for what to put in your application. You should try an stick to these, whilst retaining some personality, as magazines will recieve dozens, if not hundreds, of these emails every day. So make sure yours is the email they open! Keep in mind that most people only read the first and last paragraph of each piece of writing, so make these bits the best! Keep it snappy, light, dedicated, but most of importantly DON'T say the words 'fashion magazines have always been my passion' Double cringe. For each magazine, I kept to the same basic framework but tailored each different application to each magazine.
I literally sent an email and also a letter to every magazine, from 'Vogue' to 'Pick me up'. For months I recieved no replies, until I got an email from 'Look'. I also met someone by chance who worked at 'Glamour' magazine who kindly gave me her email when I explained how I would kill for an internship. Unfortunately I recieved no reply, but in the industry this is expected, not a personal refusal, so if you get this don't be disheartened!
As somebody once told me:
You have to send 10 applications for an interview, and you have to have 10 interviews to get a job.
As this was the mantra for getting a normal job, I assume for magazines the effects will be atleast 10-fold! Eeek! So keep persevering, because internships are a magazine hopefuls 'foot in the door' and one day you will get lucky!
As of the 20th of June I will officially be a fashion intern on Look Magazine, I will be posting my adventures (and some of the gorgeous clothes I will no doubt encounter) on this blog for all you lovelies.
♥ Enjoy ♥