How to Not Suck at Your Fashion Magazine Internship

Have realistic expectations.

In very, very, very rare cases, interns get the opportunity to do things like write cover stories or style shoots, but that comes from a combination of timing, luck, and a multitude of factors beyond anyone's control. For the most part, you'll get stuck doing different things—not necessarily grunt work, but don't be surprised if you have to run samples back to showrooms or transcribe hour-long interviews in between doing article research or fact checking. Come in hungry and ready for anything, because there's no such thing as "a typical day."

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