The fashion industry can be tough to break into, unless you have friends in high places. Often, the easiest way to get a foot in the door is by interning. 

Yes, some internship programs have gotten bad raps—especially with all the lawsuits that have been filed against companies like CondĂ© Nast. But it can't be stressed enough how important, useful, and what great learning experiences they can actually be. Look around now; most of your favorite editors, writers, and stylists were once interns. 

Finding the right internship is only the first step, though. It's excelling in said internship that is perhaps the harder part. Standing out, impressing your bosses, making a name for yourself, and leaving a good impression is the most challenging part of the experience. And with fewer companies and publications offering internship programs, the competition is only going to get tougher. So before you send that resume and cover letter, or start your first day, read this guide on How to Dominate Your Fashion Internship. (Trust us, we've been there.)

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