How to break into the fashion industry with Fashion Intern founder Emily Rose

How many of you applied for their internship without any preparation or idea about what is it going to be like? Don’t worry we were not any different, before we found out about Emily Rose’s magazine, called Fashion Intern, where she shares with you the secrets of the fashion industry and shows you how to get into it.

Q: Hi, Emily! It is a pleasure to have you as a guest of Carbon magazine. Could you please introduce yourself for those, who don’t know you and are not familiar with your work?

A: Hi, thank you so much for speaking to me! Yes of course, so I have actually just finished my degree
studying Fashion Media at Southampton Solent. The final hand in was the 21 st May 2020 and to
celebrate, I had a little graduation party in my garden with the family of course! Not quite what I had
imagined but it was such a relief to know, everything was handed in and produced to a standard I am
so proud of. I am Editor in Chief of an independent publication & online platform: Fashion Intern, the
one stop guide for all fashion interns, unearthing the realities behind internships.

Q: How did you decide to go for the Fashion Media course?

A: Well to be honest, it wasn’t the career path I always planned on. I actually studied academic A levels,
such as English Literature, History and Sociology. So I suppose I was looking for a change from the
formulaic structure that usually comes with studying those sorts of topics. I also wanted an
opportunity to tap into my creative side as all I knew for most of my education was essays. I travelled
down to Southampton for the open day at Solent and decided to see what Fashion Media was all
about. I think it took all of 2 seconds to hear what the course had to offer and I was sold from that
moment on.

Q: Is it hard to be graduating in a lockdown? How do you cope with all the stress during quarantine?

A: It most certainly took me a while to really grieve for all the plans I had to say goodbye to such as
summer balls, sailing varsities and of course the final hand in day and heading to the pub to celebrate.
Graduating in lockdown has truly been a rollercoaster of a ride as some days I have been on cloud
nine and have had all the motivation in the world and other days I’m lucky to get out of bed. But I
think overall being at home has done me and my degree the world of good. I have had no distractions
other than work, work and work! I have also been able to reach out to so many more people within
the industry as suddenly the world is faced with a gift of nothing but time and people have a lot of it
to give!

Q: What does your daily routine look like now?

A: Sometimes, it really does feel like ground hog day where I am living the same day on repeat. Being
honest, for the past month it’s been a series of pyjama days and a lot of coffee! I usually get up
around 8am and take my laptop downstairs to work the day away at the kitchen table. The one thing I
love about being home, is how I can step outside my front door and get lost within the countryside.
So during my lunch break, I go for a walk with my headphones on and zone out from the rest of the
world for an hour or so. Now that FMP is over, I have a lot of Netflix to be catching up on and a few
banana breads to bake.

Q: How did you come up with the idea to start your own magazine and what is it about?

A: I have interned at various different businesses within the fashion industry and wanted to create a
platform committed to opening up the conversation surrounding internships and raise awareness on
the current issues. Having spoken to many students, one problem I found is that internships are
excluding those who are unable to afford working for free which means opportunities are being
missed because of financial restrictions. Equally being placed in a fashion cupboard for days on end
and getting no real experience isn’t any more productive. So, it is through publishing honest accounts,
interviewing former interns and speaking to the people advocating positive change that Fashion
Intern has become a shared community and a movement for change as I truly believe everyone
should be able to experience a quality internship.

Q: What was the hardest part of creating “Fashion Intern”?

A: To be honest, the hardest part about creating Fashion Intern was trying to uncover the ‘nitty and
gritty stories’ of interning experiences as most students are worried about ‘blacklisting’ their name
and ruining any future opportunities. I have had to really reach out on so many different platforms to
discover those who had a story to tell. There is still a debate within the industry as to whether an
intern should feel ‘grateful for the opportunity of experience’ and therefore for-go pay or whether
they should be seen as a valuable member of the team and be paid for their time and labour. The
question really is what makes a good internship?

Q: You’ve recently released a new website as well. Tell me more about that.

A: Fashion Intern Online was the next step for the brand. It is more of an updated, instant informative
voice helping students navigate through Covid-19 and the ever changing industry. From podcasts to
advice columns, never before has there been such an incredible resource to provide mentorship and
advice for those entering the notoriously competitive industry. Fashion Intern Online is a space to
connect interns with industry which is especially important than ever before. FI Online reaches out to
readers focussing on the key pillars of what to wear, how to be successful, industry intel and interning

Q: What are the 3 best tips you can give that help you get an internship in the fashion industry?

A: I think, if you are a genuinely determined, passionate soul who has a want to succeed then you will go
far. The more experience you gain, the more opportunities will come flying your way. The industry
really is so small and in fact everyone knows everyone, therefore your reputation will say more about
you than a CV placed on someone’s desk. But in terms of getting your foot through the front door
initially, fire of emails to companies you would love to work for, read Fashion Intern as we are always
posting advertisements and have a look on LinkedIn and Fashion Workie. Also, use the people around
you such as tutors for contacts as they are a great resource.

Q: What do you dream about?

A: My ultimate dream is to be within a PR department for a well-known brand as over the past 3 years
that has become my passion. But for now, I am loving running my own business, creating content and
seeing where that takes me. Never in a million years would I have believed that my FMP would
become my genuine love.

Q: What can we expect from “Fashion Intern” in the future?

A: This is only the beginning for Fashion Intern, I want to see it grow and become a trusted industry
platform, competing with the likes of Diary Directory or Fashion Monitor, a voice bridging the gaps
between students, graduates and industry. Hopefully as the brand grows I will get the opportunity to
speak to more people and learn of their stories and experiences. I really do hope this is the start of
something big and a movement for change. I’m excited to see where this journey takes me.

It was so nice having Emily as our guest! You can give her and her brand some love on Instagram @fashion.intern / @emrose_x , follow Fashion Intern’s journey and learn how to slay your next internship.

Written by Anna-Maria Kancheva