Lessons in Interning: Number 1.

Updated on May 18, 2009
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Jasna
Jasna on June 26
Wow just read this now, reallly inspiring!
sasahn
sasahn on May 28
hi, this is really inspiring to me, as i am in my 2nd yr of college and i'm still confused as to what i want to study. The school i attend to is known for its business program so there's really no program related to fashion. I was thinking of studying accounting and do some fashion internships on the side; will this work?
sasahn
sasahn on May 28
or should i study something closer to the industry like marketing/pr?
jayrineve
jayrineve on May 24
hands down one of the best/informative coed post yet :))
theloveshack
theloveshack on May 21
hey kristine! i'm sorry you had such a negative experience with your internship. to say the least, every fashion intern is along the lines of that: running errands, compiling media/press kits, maintaining the closet, etc. dues must be paid somehow, right? i'm glad you've found an internship that makes you happy. it was a pleasure working with you for our short time together! -alexa.
classytrash
classytrash on May 21
alexa! you found me =) yes, very true about paying dues. i certainly don't disagree there. but for me, i wanted to pay my dues to get closer to something i saw myself doing for the rest of my life, and PR quickly was becoming none of that for me. it was really nice to have met you as well! i'd love to hear what you're up to now, shoot me a message?
twinkl
twinkl on May 20
Amazing and informative post, Kristine! You seem like such an energetic go-getter. What keeps you moving? I'm very much affected by my environment, so I guess I can say other people help keep me moving. How is it for you?
classytrash
classytrash on May 20
...So, I suppose regardless of the situation, your passion will take over for you and keep pushing you when you don't think you can do it anymore. When you love something, you can't imagine NOT doing it. I hope this answers your question!
classytrash
classytrash on May 20
I'm totally affected by my environment as well which in work situations is often really unfortunate when people give off negative energy. I think that as long as you have a goal in mind, you do what it takes to get there, negative or not. It's exhausting and sometimes I think I will regret pushing myself so hard but then, I don't know if it's in me to sit still. I really love creating things...
piggy
piggy on May 20
wow, even though i'm not going into fashion this really helps anyways : ) thanks!
classytrash
classytrash on May 20
you're welcome! i'm glad it helped =)
allthingsgood
allthingsgood on May 19
you know, this is probably really creepy but i am 95% sure i'm interning at the same place that you described in your post, ha!
classytrash
classytrash on May 20
HAHA NICE! I would actually love to hear your point of view, especially if PR is what you'd like to do, if that somehow changes the experience for you? Other than that, say hi to the assistant that doesn't seem to want to brush her hair.
Catherinee
Catherinee on May 19
I'm not even really close to entering college yet, but this is so inspiring. Everyone has told me I really don't have to know what I want to do, and this is proving they're right and I really should just do what I love. Thank you :)
classytrash
classytrash on May 19
yay! you can never go wrong that way =)
TheStylishWanderer
TheStylishWanderer on May 19
what glasses are you wearing in the first pic?
classytrash
classytrash on May 19
rayban wayfarer 2, the black & clear two-tone frames =)
chamcham
chamcham on May 18
i'm actually having problems w/ my internship.. we don't get paid and they over worked us relentlessly.. making a glist w/c has no concern oif our proffession whatsoever.. what to do?? i think of quitting but the internship gives me vip access to the fashion week.. help.
chamcham
chamcham on June 25
yhanks i actually finished it. yay!!
classytrash
classytrash on May 19
oh also, on the no pay note - most internships within fashion are unpaid. It's very rare to find one that pays, but I'm going to write about that soon so more thoughts on that later! =) I really hope everything works out for you, regardless of your decision. Just be happy, that's all that matters in the end!
classytrash
classytrash on May 19
...if this is your only internship, I would certainly stick it out. Hope this helps!
classytrash
classytrash on May 19
...really ask yourself if your internship has any relevance to what you want to do with your life. I realized that the creative process is what I wanted to be involved in, and PR didn't serve to meet those needs. I wasn't leaving a company, I was leaving a sector of the industry. So yes, consider those things and whether or not you have other experience to make up for it. But 99.9% of the time...
classytrash
classytrash on May 19
...undergo. It doesn't help you grow. In that case, I might quit but only if I had other experience on my resume to make up for it. Fashion Week or not, nothing is worth your self-respect. I had the opportunity to handle the FW09 collections for Balenciaga, Jil Sander, Phi, L'Wren Scott, Proenza Schouler, Narcisco Rodriguez, etc. but it wasn't worth it to me to compromise my dignity. Also...
classytrash
classytrash on May 19
...if the way they treat you is damaging to your own sense of self-worth. At my PR internship, there was a fashion asst that would routinely come to the back and tell the interns everything "looked like shit" and just walk away. Another would "shoo" you away with his hand. Others would scream "MOVE" when an intern was "in the way." This isn't treatment, that regardless of industry, anyone should..
classytrash
classytrash on May 19
If this is your first internship, I wouldn't quit. Very good internships are very hard to be considered for without prior experience, so if only for the sake of your resume, stay. Also, you might learn a lot and get lots of relevant experience. All good internships worthwhile will work you relentlessly. I'm not an advocate for quitting but the only reasons I would support it is...
TheStylishWanderer
TheStylishWanderer on May 18
"Guaranteed an intern acquired many a blister and worked up quite a nasty sweat running those pieces from one closet in Soho to another in Midtown so that some photographer could snap some photo of some model whose name you can’t pronounce as she frolicks through fields because it’s edgy, y’know, juxtaposing thousands of dollars worth of clothes against a rural backdrop." ABSOLUTELY GENIUS.
classytrash
classytrash on May 18
Haha! True story! Glad you enjoy =)
joanna
joanna on May 18
thanks for such an informative post! btw, were your internships in nyc paid or unpaid?
classytrash
classytrash on May 18
i should say are* unpaid, i am still at two of them haha.
classytrash
classytrash on May 18
all three, including the one i quit (haha) were unpaid. my internship last summer in Chicago was paid though. depending on what you want to do, there are some paid ones i know of. NYMag for example has an editorial internship that pays 8.50/hr or something like that! Most PR, etc is unpaid, magazines as well.
Linger
Linger on May 18
Sigh internships... i am stressing out so badly over those right now. its awesome that you found something that you love though.. in NY no less. good on you :))
classytrash
classytrash on May 18
don't stress so badly =) you'll get past it and wonder why you freaked yourself out so much. everything will work out i'm sure! if you're still looking: http://www.freefashioninternships.com is a great site!

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