How Do I Get a Fashion Apprenticeship?

Judith Smith Sullivan
Judith Smith Sullivan
An apprenticeship gives workers in the fashion industry they need to move on to permanent positions.
An apprenticeship gives workers in the fashion industry they need to move on to permanent positions.

Internships in the fashion industry are highly sought after and highly competitive. Even though many are unpaid, there are typically more qualified applicants than available positions. Therefore, in order to get a fashion apprenticeship, you must have an excellent resume and cover letter and be highly successful in the interview process. To increase your chances of landing a fashion apprenticeship, get referrals from teachers or mentors in the fashion industry or ask friends and family who are connected to the fashion industry to put in a good word for you.

Before you apply for a fashion apprenticeship, assess your skills and qualifications. Don't forget details like typing speed and computer programs that you are comfortable using. You may find that you are under-qualified for the position you'd like to have, but you may be qualified for some other type of job in the fashion field, so be realistic in submitting your applications. Any job in the fashion industry will increase your experience and improve your resume which can help you land the job of your dreams.

If you are in college or high school, check with the school's career center or internship placement program before applying on your own. You have a better chance of getting a school sponsored fashion apprenticeship because the companies will be familiar with your education and background already. If you are not enrolled in school, consider joining a fashion internship agency as many fashion companies only hire interns through professional placement organizations. Also consider asking anyone you know in the fashion industry for leads on internships or, if you are close to them, a referral to a specific job or company.

Even though the fashion industry has its idiosyncrasies, it is still a corporate business industry. Don't rely on your innate fashion sense or wonderfully creative styling talent to land you a fashion apprenticeship. Research the companies you'd like to work for and practice answering basic interview questions about the company. Create a well organized resume and cover letter and have them reviewed by a professional resume writer.

Follow a company's guidelines for completing and returning applications to the letter. In some cases, applications which are filled out incorrectly or have inadequate data are ignored. Double check the physical address or email address before sending the application to make sure it gets to the right person.

If you get an interview, you will want to express your personal fashion sense with your attire, but remember that you are seeking a professional position. The staple pieces of your outfit should be a blazer, dress shirt or sweater, and a suit skirt or suit slacks, accessorized with more fashion forward jewelry and shoes. Refrain from the immodesty of plunging necklines or tight skirts and pants as this can actually discourage potential employers from hiring you. Do wear makeup, but keep the colors neutral and muted.

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    • An apprenticeship gives workers in the fashion industry they need to move on to permanent positions.
      By: Andrey Kiselev
      An apprenticeship gives workers in the fashion industry they need to move on to permanent positions.