Here at Parsons in most undergraduate and graduate programs a professional internship is required at some point. In the past my internship experience has included working with stylists and costume designers . This hands on experience outside of the classroom is super invaluable and is definitely essential for anyone going into any field of art and design! As elusive as an internship might seem the process to landing one is much more simple than you might think! Check out this guide of tips and tricks to getting the internship of your dreams!
Where to look to find that perfect internship!
-New York City is a mecca for internships in art, design and fashion and there are many websites online dedicated to just that. One of the online resources I’ve had the most success with is College Central. I’ve found majority of many of my jobs and internships here and you can literally scroll for hours searching through the endless pages of internships available. Check out Parsons Career Services for more information on how to set up your account with College Central. Other online resources for internships include Fashionista, Free Fashion Internships and many other online sites!
Many of our professors and instructors here at Parsons are in the industry as well and work for really well known companies. Many of my peers have gotten contacts for internships/jobs through their professors and have even helped them with their own projects! It never hurts to ask and you never know who someone might know!
Parsons Internship Fair
At the beginning of each semester Parsons Career Services holds an internship fair where companies around the world come and scout new talent! These fairs are crucial because they can lead to interviews and sometimes you might even get an opportunity right on the spot!
Contact the Company/Person Directly
Be proactive! If there is a company or person you’d like to intern with e-mail them! Even if you’re not sure if they are hiring or not it can never hurt to ask. And remember our interview with Sabrina Banta? She even did it the old school way and sent out letters to companies she was interested in working with!
Find Your Field
Okay so you want to do graphic design but you’re not quite sure if you’d like to work for a magazine, a small company or even just freelance… so why not try them all? The beauty of an internship is it allows you to figure out if something is right for you! Many internships I’ve had I’ve realized those companies and working in some of those fields is not for me. It doesn’t make the experience a failure but it brings me that much closer to being in a field that I want to work in!
Pick a Time That’s Right
You can technically do an internship at any point during undergrad but in order to get one for credit you most likely have to follow the guidelines based on your program. Also, when choosing when to do an internship you must be aware that most internships require their interns to work 2+ days a week. With that being said don’t over work yourself! My sophomore year I really wanted an internship and even though my schedule was already kind of tight I tried to fit it in anyway, well I was exhausted. Always remember that school comes first and although internships are important keep in mind they can even be done in the summer!
-If you need help on putting together a great resume and cover letter contact Parsons Career Services for tips.
-Once you’ve landed your internship don’t be afraid to speak up! It’s important in any internship not to get lost in the crowd. Work hard, give suggestions and you will stand out!