How to Find (and Land!) Cool Fashion Internships

Carmen Belcher

It’s that time of year again when the school year rolls into the third quarter and you begin to think of your summer plans. Depending on your goals, some of you will diligently start searching for your next summer internship. But why just secure one that’ll satisfy your professors for a mandatory credit? Have you realized you can actually land an internship at an amazing company that not only pays but can also be fun? That’s right! I found my summer internships at InStyle magazine and Maxim magazine pre-social media days and these days it is even easier to find exactly the internship that will satisfy all of your needs.
1. Brand Yourself
The first thing you should do is have something unique about you that stands out. You will be writing a cover letter and/or bio of yourself for the application and standing out is always an attribute. What makes you special? Did you win any awards? Have you spent your summer vacations overseas leaving about a new culture? Have you dedicated your time helping those in need for a worthy cause? Does your family have a family business which taught you the value of hard work? Or, do you write articles for a blog or a local newspaper in your city?
If you’ve got, it flaunt it! Accentuate what makes you different than the hundreds of other applicants applying for the same internship.
2. Assist Yourself
Gather your paperwork. Have your transcripts, teacher recommendations, and applications proofread for grammar and other mistakes and neatly filed. Make sure you set your calendars for the application deadlines.
3. CEO Yourself
Think about your goals. What interests you the most about fashion? This will direct you towards which type of companies you should seek out. The power is in your hands because almost everyone who works in fashion is offering internships to current students, either in exchange for college credits or money. So you could work for an individual, like a makeup artist or wardrobe stylist, in the fashion closet of your favorite magazine, as a fashion photo assistant on location, or for a PR company that runs the behind the scenes for NYFW.
Really think about what you can contribute and where you would be the best fit. There’s nothing worse than having an internship you end up hating because you aren’t learning things that are really interested in.
4. Market Yourself
Here are some ideas for starting your internship search:
ED2010 is for those who want to work in publishing and lists internships and jobs in the fashion industry.
Other online websites such as Fashion Workie or Free Fashion Internships also list fashion internships.
Also, go to the careers section of your favorite fashion brand, such as Alexander Wang, where internships can be found on the company website.
Instagram is great to use to find internships with your favorite creative. Some internships nowadays are listed directly on Instagram, or even take place on Instagram and other social media network as remote internships. Follow, Comment, and DM the designers your resume directly and see what happens.
Also, fashion recruiters are a great resource not only for jobs but for internships at amazing fashion companies. Create a profile with 24 Seven Talent or Atrium Staffing. Next, you will be invited to meet with a recruiter who will get to know you, in person, so s/he will know exactly which client to place you. S/he will walk you through cleaning up your resume to tailor it to the specific company you are meeting with.
5. Love Yourself
As you get into the fourth quarter of your school year your mind will be focused on finals. It’s around that time you will likely start getting responses from the companies you’ve sought out. Good luck! As long as you did not miss your deadlines and really thought about who you are and what you have to offer, you will be on your way to the internship best for you.
Congratulations, you did it! Now get to work.


Pursuing your Dreams, Interviewing and Dealing With Bad Bosses I HIM & HER PODCAST, EPISODE 3

Carmen Belcher

So I met Lauryn and Michael a year ago when I helped Lauryn find an extra large Givenchy Nightingale tote she just had to have while they were in town for business. They are perfect couple goals and have great advice on all things business, health, and love. I like to listen to their podcast as I get ready for my day. Enjoy!

By Chloe vegan in Flatiron is literally the bomb: New York bomb attack injures 29 (not including me or Milton)

Carmen Belcher, crime, New York City, Press

Tasteless jokes aside, last night my boyfriend and I were lucky to make it to By Chloe on 60 West 22nd Street in flatiron about 15 minutes before a bomb exploded a block away. He wanted to try something different for dinner, instead of ordering in, and I didn’t want to stray too far from our new vegan diet. I suggested we try By Chloe, a vegan burger restaurant I discovered on Instagram through @fashionablyfit. We chose the one in Chelsea from fear the Soho location would be packed on a Saturday night.

As we got off the train on 23rd street we walked south in search of the hotspot, (these adjectives are accidentally so cliché.) A group of excited little girls in various party dresses were loudly telling their mom how much fun they just had at a birthday party they attended. Aw, babies who brunch! Their pink paper gift bags in hand were probably stuffed with Barbie dolls — or iPad cases? What do metropolitan 8 year olds play with these days anyways? As we walked behind them I thought aloud how I could definitely gel into a cool mom who has multiple talkative daughters, like these, with abundant social lives. My boyfriend gave me a look that basically said politely, “Shut the fuck up.”

The giggling girls spotted By Chloe before we had. As they began gushing to their mommy chaperone about the various legendary cupcakes which won Chef Chloe first place in the television show Cupcake Wars, I thought oh hell naw we gotta get in line before they do. I put the kind of mph on my pace beta males do when they spot a lady searching for a seat on the train. You know the pettiness in their demeanor when they slide their weaselly bodies into the last available seat and with a false sense of accomplishment because they’re actually lame and this move proves it. That was me. Cute kids and all, I was on the verge of becoming hungry while wearing my favorite Givenchy FW 2013 runway boots. I needed several seats.

Once inside, we were relieved to find there wasn’t a line at all despite the place being packed. Perfect timing, we thought as we eyed the menu. We both ordered a classic hamburger and two Found cucumber and mint bottle waters. We decided to split a half and half fry combo (sweet potato and regular friends mixed together) and I ordered self-indulgent cinnamon bun.

As we approached our table we heard the BOOM! The window shook and the entire restaurant naturally turned and looked at us. I hate being the center of attention so embarrassed, I turned to my boyfriend and ask what was that in an accusatory manner. Perhaps he’d accidentally kicked the table, I don’t know. But then we all felt the blast. Growing up in Missouri I’ve been through earthquakes. The ground shook beneath us! Construction was going on around the corner so I thought nothing of it, excited to try my food. But a pack of 12 curious diners got up and ran out the door in unison to see the commotion. What the hell.

A girl dining next to us turned to me and asked, “do you think we’ll be ok?”

“Yeah, sure,” I replied, though unsure myself.

“Okay,” she said to her friend, “she said we’ll be ok so we’ll be ok.”

Strangely other diners nodded in agreement and went back to eating. I felt like Caty Heron in Mean Girls when she becomes the queen bee over Regina George and her clique couldn’t think for themselves.

“I love your makeup,” another girl says on the opposite side of me. “Are you two models?” She asked as I stuffed my face with a cinnamon, hoping it was gluten-free.

“Not at all.”

This exchange was probably the funniest part of the meal because huh? I’m thin but not that skinny and I’m eating this huge ass pastry, burger, and fries. Now I felt like Mariah must feel when her wardrobe stylist lies to her face about how great her body looks right now so she keeps eating carbs. Sorry Mimi.

I caught an emancipated girl staring at me across the room with evil eyes that said she gave up refined sugar a long time ago, so why are you eating that?

Once we left, police cars were everywhere and a “Ghetto bird” aka news helicopters were flying above. The journalist in me had to see what the hell was going on, but far away from the actual scene of the crime. I’m a blogger now, not a journalist. No one is paying me to be on a crime beat. Instead I beat my feet down the pavement in the opposite direction and googled “bomb in Chelsea.” Here’s what I found:

New York bomb attack injures 29.