Land a Paid Internship in NYC This Summer

Amandla Stenberg covers ASOS Magazine in Spring 2016. Sponsored by the CFDA.
Image c/o DKNY
If there is one thing that literally all of the fashion greats have in common - be it designers, editors, or stylists - at one time, they were interns.  Interning is a crucial step in your fashion career, but unfortunately, it has become increasingly challenging for young creatives to survive on an intern's salary - which more often than not, is non-existent.  In fact, brands like Condé Nast have recently shuttered their internship programs altogether because of complaints from overworked, unpaid interns.

Unpaid internships are unfortunately still the norm, which is why we were thrilled when we heard about "NYC Fashion Forward," a new program launched by the City of New York and the CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America).  The program will create paid opportunities for 100 high school and undergraduate students, who can apply for positions at brands like Coach, Kate Spade, 3.1 Phillip Lim, and Opening Ceremony, beginning in July 2016.  Applications - which are open until April 15, 2016 on the NYC Ladders for Leaders website - are said to be rigorous and due to the limited number of spots, will no doubt be highly competitive.  But hey, it's a chance to work hard, get experienced, and actually earn a salary in an industry you love!

Here is the full list of fashion employers committed to the program so far:

  • 3.1 Phillip Lim
  • Alice + Olivia
  • CFDA
  • Coach
  • David Wolfson & Associates, Inc.
  • Design Incubator Inc.
  • Designers & Agents
  • Diane von Furstenberg
  • J.Crew
  • Haskell Jewels
  • K/ller Collection
  • Kate Spade & Company
  • Krupp Group
  • Lulu Frost
  • Maison De Mode
  • Melissa Joy Manning
  • New York Embroidery Studio
  • Nicholas K
  • Opening Ceremony
  • Rachel Comey
  • Timo Weiland
  • Tommy Hilfiger 
Will you be applying?  Leave a comment and let us know what you think.  Also keep your eyes peeled for summer volunteer opportunities with Couturesque over the summer - for Toronto locals and remote contributors!

WHO: Tia, Editor at Couturesque magazine
WHERE: Toronto
OBSESSED WITH: Mikhael Kale's FW16 show
CAN BE FOUND AT: Currently running things at TFW on Snapchat (couturesqueemag)

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I founded Couturesque Magazine when I was 15 years old because like many of my peers, I felt ignored and talked down to by all of the other teen fashion publications out there. I figured that at the end of the day, the people who knew the most about my generation, were the people who belonged to it. The fashion industry is becoming increasingly dependent on the creativity of younger voices who challenge the status quo and make us rethink what we wear and why we wear it. And that is exactly what Couturesque set out to celebrate - authenticity, intelligence, originality, and diversity... in other words, what makes Gen-Z tick. Fast-forward to 2016 and we now have a staff of more than a dozen fashion distruptors contributing to our daily content from all around the globe, 100K+ readers following us from Toronto to New York, to London, Copenhagen, Berlin, Tokyo, and Tel Aviv, and a plethora of big-wig industry fans and collaborators. But what matters to us the most is the responsibility that our publication has to make a positive impact in the lives of those who come across it - we stand against retouching our photoshoots and we stand for sharing the beautiful, individual, complex voices of everyone, especially those who feel marginalized by mainstream fashion media. We hope that you love our site as much as we do and that you take the time to follow us (Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Pinterest / Tumblr / Snapchat / YouTube) throughout our journey to make fashion accessible to the powerful young adults of today.

Tia Elisabeth Glista
Editor in Chief