Fashion Week Internships


Fashion Week Internships delivers one of a kind fashion-focused internship programs, in the major fashion capitals of the world - London, Paris, Milan, New York, Los Angeles, and Madrid.

With relationships with many top brands, stylists, magazines, and fashion houses, FWI has changed the lives of over 2,000 students since 2015, helping them take their first steps into an exciting fashion industry career.

Programs are designed to help you develop new skills, expose you to new professional challenges, build industry contacts, and get you 'up-close and hands-on' with the global fashion industry.

Programs start every month (throughout the year), and can be combined with a study abroad program or language course, if required.

Our alumni choose FWI because they get hired quicker, earn more throughout their careers, get to travel to some of fashions greatest cities, and truly live their passions!



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Yes, I recommend this program

This summer I completed a 'new normal' internship in Public Relations in the fashion industry and I had the time of my life. I highly recommend this program because it makes it possible to work abroad and get experience in companies we couldn't access any other way. Through this program, I met lots of people, made some new friends, and did a lot of traveling and exploring (you do have to check now with covid and plan in advance). Also, this program was by far the most affordable out of all placement programs, none of which had much experience in Fashion. Every person replied in a quick and efficient manner, which helped me to get things organised and feel secure in my decisions. Definitely recommend traveling while in London especially to less touristy type areas.

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
They have a thing called 'croque monseiur', which is actually French, but in Chelsea and Borough Market quite a few places sell it, alongside a melted cheese plate called 'raclette'. So yummy.
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No, I don't recommend this program

The company is absolutely disrespectful! They promised a lot of things in the beginning, and I received nothing instead. I payed £950, a lot of money, for a nice experience. I had a simple internship at a company than anyone could apply and be accepted for free! The company is not replying my emails, they even blocked my phone number do I cannot call them to complain. Please invest your money somewhere else and don’t trust Fashion Week Internship! I wanted to receive a refund for them, at least half of the amount, but of course they don’t care about us! When I passed the interview they said “you will work with luxury fashion houses either haute couture” and I worked with a brand that was launched few years ago and is not even well known.

What would you improve about this program?
Everything, especially the way that they treat their interns!
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Yes, I recommend this program

Thank you FWI!

That was an amazing month of wonderful experience! I am endlessly happy that I could have such an opportunity and would definitely recommend all and everyone to take that chance and try themself in a fashion internship!

I came from the small city to the heart of the fashion and style industry. It was my dream that came true! To understand how the industry works from the inside, meet new people and find real relationships! Every day I spent with people that on the one wave with me increased my knowledge, and improved my skills!

I felt support from the work team, help in any question, tips, advice, and saw all the fashion trends! Professionalism, quality, people that are open, passionate and addicted to their work inspired me every single day! Now I am sure - I want to connect my life with international fashion!

If you are thinking about – to TRY or NOT TRY the internship - this is an answer!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
You must experience each moment with no fear, and embrace the emotion, as each moment is so fast, then it is gone.
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No, I don't recommend this program

So unlucky that I paid so much money for 2 internships in Paris. The process was very lengthy. FWI could've been more helpful in getting internship agreement (requested for visa). It took them 3 months to deliver a simply documents, including one unprofessionally filled document, which got rejected by embassy. FWI wasn't helpful when correcting the document. Too many excuses for delaying the process. Start date of internship was postponed 3 weeks. I had to bare all cost (flight change, accommodation, flying to another city 2 times for visa--could've been just 1 time if the internship agreement was correctly written. etc)

Below is my true experience in Paris fashion company doing marketing role.

The first Paris company I went to made me feel so depressed during my time there. That's why I left early.

The owner of this small company didn't seem to care about who I am as an intern. I didn't feel respected, as well as facing racial discrimination from the owner's mum (who also worked there). The owner seemed to have issue with FWI during their collaboration before, could that be the reason why she didn't give a care to any intern referred by FWI.

Advice to FWI: The whole internship experience also includes how it feels to work in that company. It's worth getting offer from high quality company, and not just dumping us to any random place where they don't care. Word of mouth is powerful.

Advice to students / public who may consider paying for their service: Stay rational and don't get influenced by all glamorous comments and photos in FWI website. Have your own judgement. One of the best way for company to respect your value is to apply for the job directly, not through an easy path. Even if you decide to pay for their service, research the company well 360 degree, ask as many question as you can to know if the company culture is what you're comfortable with.

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Yes, I recommend this program

Spending my Summer in London thru Fashion Week Internships has by far been one of my highlights in college. When I first started this journey there were many challenges, but financing the trip was the biggest obstacle for me to overcome. Thankfully, they were able to introduce me to Erasmus+, and they helped me get funding for the trip, which was huge. You become really close with the people that you intern with, and I still msg with my FWI friends all the time, to see how everyone is doing, and to keep in the loop for future opportunities and news. This was such a big experience personally for me, and putting it into a few words is hard. All I can say is if you're thinking about doing a semester abroad, Do it!!! It will change your life :))

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
My group took me to lunch on my first day and Cheryl stood up, and asked me to say a few words. I was really nervous but when I finished, everyone clapped. On my last day we went back to the same restaurant and Cheryl asked me to say a few words about my Summer experience. It was so difficult because I got to know everyone so well, and literally had to do my best not to get too emotional.


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Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Christian Thomas

Job Title
Program Manager
Christian joined FWI as a Program Manager two years ago having worked in the fashion industry for 5 years at a leading PR agency.

What is your favorite travel memory?

I have been really lucky and travelled to each of our program destinations to get a real feel for what our interns can expect, but my favorite travel memory has to be being backstage at NYFW in 2014, and suddenly realizing amongst the chaos, that we work in the most amazing, crazy, creative, and mad industry in the world!

Which destination is most underrated? Conversely, which is most overrated?

For me Goa is the most underrated destination in the world. It is so naturally beautiful and peaceful, and the people are so welcoming but it still has a reputation as a bit of a hippy or party place, which I didn't see at all.

I think Las Vegas is the most overrated destination that I have travelled to, having said that, when I first went as a starry-eyed 20-year old, it was heaven!

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

Hard work, making sure that we deliver the best experience for each and every applicant, knowing that success is in the details, and having fun!

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

I have learnt so much, been able to enjoy some great experiences, and have learnt how important and valuable the work that we do is, always feel great when one of the interns gets back in touch to tell us that they have secured an industry job thanks to taking part in one of our programs, or when I get an email telling me that they have had a great experience.

What unique qualities does your company possess?

We have amazing relationships with the widest range of industry partners that you can imagine, and are really proud of them.

All of our team has a fashion background and so we really understand the importance of making sure that each program really makes a difference to each applicants career, whether that be through them gaining great experience, opening their eyes to how the industry works, or helping them to develop their network of industry contacts.

Describe a time when you felt especially proud to be part of your current team.

We received an application a couple of months ago, from a young lady who was arriving into London the next day and really really wanted to see how London Fashion Week worked.

She kept calling to see if we had received her application and to find out when we could interview her, and so we found time to do it the same day.

She was so passionate about the industry, and didn't know when she would be able to travel to London again, and so we agreed to accept her application and do our best to place her with one of our partners.

We ended up working until almost 10pm putting in calls, until we got a confirmation that she could start at one of our Designer partners the next day.

The day after she finished her program we got an email from the company telling us that she had been amazing, and that they were literally overwhelmed by how dedicated and hard-working she was. The same day I got an email full of photos from the young lady, showing her working at the shows, backstage with the models, and working on the dresses. She literally had had the most amazing experience, and was so grateful to have had the opportunity, which is the best feeling you can have knowing that you have helped someone realize their dream!