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14-08-2014
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I have only one suggestion:

Did you use French when you emailed them? If not, maybe try try again that way. I'm assuming that it's probably a prime requirement that you be fluent in French in order to work there. So, if the email was in English, they may have opted to ignore your request for information.

Their language is a source of pride to the French people ... and you will be in Paris, probably working with mostly French speaking employees, so I think this will be important.

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Thanks for the reply BetteT. I did email them in English, I did contemplate French but my French is very basic (I am learning atm) and I didn't want to say the wrong thing. Perhaps I will attempt it again in French.

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Just to update I have now send them correspondence in French, hopefully this prompts a response.

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Worth a try .... at least it can't hurt.

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Just to update I have now send them correspondence in French, hopefully this prompts a response.
PM me if you need any help with your French next time

And as BetteT said, it can't hurt. Trying is always worth it one way or another.

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Hi everyone, just wanted to post an update and say that I didn't receive a reply to either attempt at contacting them about internships. My next thought was to try to find someone currently employed by Margiela (perhaps via Linkedin or whatever it's called) and ask them.

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That's a great idea. Keep trying!!!

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This week, from tFS something that is good to consider if you are about to intern: A quote from Christian Siriano:
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2016 fashion interns, take note: The fashion industry is fast-paced and can be a lot to take on. Here are a few secrets to working in the industry that nobody tells you.

1. Working for a small brand is more beneficial.

A lot of young people that are interested in the fashion industry aspire to intern or work at popular or large companies, however, I think it is actually best to get your training with smaller brands. It is with a small company that you get the true hands-on experience and knowledge. Since you are working with a smaller team, they are able to teach you more and actually involve you in their process. There is a big difference between being on a team of 10 to 20 people rather than being on a team of 50 or more.
To see more ... here's the article: http://www.thefashionspot.com/runway...ustry-secrets/

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I'm an MBA candidate with a background in architectural design, and I'm looking to find an internship in the industry (either in buying or product development). There has been a lot of pushback in recent years about unpaid internships, and I definitely did my fair share of unpaid work in undergrad and after. I'm certainly too qualified now to be working for free (and it isn't financially feasible), as I can offer very real skills that would be of use to a company. Problem is, it seems like many fashion internships are still unpaid (read: little skill or pre-existing knowledge required) and thus I'm seen as overqualified. Anyone else experience this problem? Any ideas on how to navigate it?

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Internships (at least in the U.S.) are for learning about the environment and business in which you plan to have a career. Interning is important for making connections and if you play the game well, these people can sometimes connect you with the right people, when you are ready to apply for a real job. Hopefully, you have maintained a lot of those connections you made when you were working for free (interning).

Based on what you said, what you need is a paid entry level job (not an internship) if you have the skills and education required. If you are ready to get paid employment, let all of those people (your connections that you made when interning) know and ask if they know who is hiring, and ask for referrals.

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HI, I'm a fashion student doing my Erasmus in Milan and am interested in internship opportunities here.

Does anyone know websites where Milan students go to look for internship opportunities or other way? Thanks!

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I am a graphic designer and I graduated from University last Summer. So far I've completed 3 internships and between placements I've been working freelance on various different design briefs. The reason I got into graphic design was because of my passion for fashion magazines and photography, however at University I lost sight of the goal to work at a fashion publication and focused more on branding and typography design.

My internships were at a marketing agency, an interior design studio and I just finished working at a branding/digital design studio and now I feel somewhat at a loss as to what to do. I have a lot of experience, a full CV and portfolio but not enough examples of work specifically geared towards editorial design and I feel like I'm now at a disadvantage - employers understandably want to see examples related to what they do. It feels like I've just woken up, looked around and realised I'm a million miles from what I actually want to be doing.

I'm based in the UK (Manchester) and there are magazines in the city that I am planning on contacting. I'm wondering if I need to create some work of my own that shows my skills at editorial layout, the only thing stopping me is that it would be neither a University brief, nor a real-world project and I would just be making it up myself (which seems a bit stupid.) However, if it shows my abilities in that area then it surely would serve the purpose?

If anyone has any advice or some good knowledge about interning in the design department at magazines then I would be massively appreciative. I guess I don't really have a specific query, I'm more just interested to know about other people's experiences. Thank you in advance for any help you guys might have!

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Let me ask you this ... are you seeking a paid job, or just another unpaid internship? I would think that for an internship (at least in the US ... not sure about the UK ... maybe they call entry level "jobs" internships there) that you won't need to produce any of your own work, since you are there to learn about how the business runs, make connections and to provided just "grunt work". So, all you would have to do is to convince them that you are reliable, work hard, will do anything they ask with a positive attitude.

If this is actually paid work or an entry level job, then it's totally another topic. I think we should move this discussion to another thread (which I will have to dig for ... but I think there is one for finding paid work/applying for jobs in fashion and there is one for working a magazines, too.). There might be information in those threads that might give you some insight.

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I don't have experience in that field, but I guess it could work both ways. As Bette says internships are "programs" to teach you about the job and you'll most likely be starting with the grunt work. But today it feels like there are a lot of people competing to get internships and even though you're there to learn some places look for people with prior experience or some level of skills so you have to show them what you're made of and what you know, and stand out of the crowd. In fashion design school, they had us working on our projects to fill our portfolios so we had something to present to the fashion houses we were striving for/at the interviews. I remember checking out the websites of a few of the students in my year at that time and recognized their work from school as well as reading on Facebook that some were working on personal projects for their portfolios all the while they were already interning.
I don't know how it would work for you, but if that's something you want to do, maybe collaborating with freshly graduated students in photography or other could be interesting, and it wouldn't be "making it up just for you" :-)

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Thanks for your replies guys! For my previous internships I've always had to submit a portfolio of design work, it's the done thing when submitting an application in the graphic design field, everyone wants to see examples of work whether it's a paid or unpaid internship or a full time job and my internships have always been paid or at least covered travel and lunch expenses.

I feel like I definitely need to complete another placement or internship before I can apply for full time jobs, especially as I need more relevant experience in the editorial design world. I'll have a look for those threads you mentioned BetteT but if you find them before me I'd really appreciate having a read through them!

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