Fashionweekinternships.com

Fashion Week Internships

About

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

With relationships with many top brands, stylists, magazines, and fashion houses, FWI have changed the lives of over 800 students, helping them take their first steps into an exciting 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!

Founded
2013
Headquarters

86 - 90 Paul Street
London
EC2A 4NE
United Kingdom

Reviews

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Xuanyu
10/10
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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Lola
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Enrolling with fashionweekinternships.com in their London internship program was a good experience for me. I joined a fashion marketing consultancy (I’m a business major) and got straight to work within three days of arriving in London. For my first time in London, I was a little surprised by the pace of the city and work environment, but coming with the view that I wanted to learn and only had a limited amount of time to complete my internship it helped me focus and get stuck in a lot. I applied probably seven weeks before I wanted to travel to London and they got me a position relatively quickly.
Fashionweekinternships.com were easy to work with, and communication was relatively easy and supportive.
It was my first time in London, and I am still taken its loudness and how many more foreigners live there than I imagined.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Try to plan your weekends and freetime in advance as ticket prices change when you buy on the same day, and arriving to attractions early you can beat the queues and see and enjoy more!
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Chloe
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Making the decision to spend spring in Paris has been one of the decisions I have ever made. Travelling so far out of my comfort zone to experience life as a Parisian, the whole experience was everything that I hoped for and more. The placement was stimulating, the city enchanting, and I was lucky enough to meet some really great people, which made the trip so much more fun. I would go back in a heartbeat, and highly recommend spending a month, two months, or even a semester in Paris if you get the chance!

Side note - There were lots of demonstrations most weekends that all students should be aware of, as you can easily get caught up in if you are not careful. Demonstration locations are normally posted online, and for French-speakers local radio explains where they are due to be most mornings to help you plan.

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
Escargots! Yes snails, but it would have been rude not to!
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Pip
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The application process was simple and fast. Everything was clear and went smoothly. FWI Staff and my program manager were very helpful, and the faq part of the website really helped before I decided to apply.

Christian was my advisor and he was really helpful and genuinely caring about making my experience all that I wanted it to be. Upon arrival I met with other interns that I was sharing my residence with, and was able to spend a lot of my freetime exploring London with.

I worked for a pr and communications agency in Covent Garden. It was amazing! A typical day involved starting at 10, having daily team meeetings to discuss tasks and priorities for clients, checking the media for coverage of campaigns, sending e-mails to book visits and meetings, looking up information to help with press releases, and sitting in on brainstorming sessions.

My internship was a great experience and I plan to keep in touch with them!

What would you improve about this program?
I enjoyed all aspects of the program, so there is nothing right now that I would suggest they change.
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Fran
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

This program gave me the chance to live my future career and become truly independent. Working in a whole new country was a great confidence booster, and the people at Fashion Week Internships really helped me to dive into the culture and experience. I am so grateful to have had this amazing opportunity, and came home with amazing memories, and new friends, having spent my first, and hopefully not my last, Summer in the UK.

Programs

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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!