A career in fashion is full of creativity and is exciting, competitive and fast-paced. Alongside relevant study an internship in fashion is a great way to kick-start your inspiring career and to ultimately become more competitive upon completion of your studies.

Internships foster positive relationships between a third level college and employers. Internships allow local businesses the opportunity to work with college students and benefit from their service, enthusiasm and new found knowledge. Students are offered a good workplace learning experience with the perfect opportunity to build on skills, and the chance to make a great impression. Internships are an ideal means to networking. An internship in the fashion field will ultimately put students at the top of their game and with little or no experience or contacts in the area it can be the best way to meet new contacts in the right field.

5 Key benefits of doing an internship:

1. Internships provide relevant experience: Interning is a great way to get real work experience in a sector which you can take to future roles

2. Test drive your knowledge and skills: internships ultimately allow you to showcase what has been learned in class into the real world

3. Internships allow you to really learn an industry: internships give a real insight into future roles. It can help you discover if the career path is right for you

4. Strengthen your CV: work experience while studying on a CV shows real drive and ambition and employers strongly favour this

5. You might find your future employer: occasionally employers will employ worthy interns for full-time positions 


Feedback from just some of our recent Fashion Graduates clearly demonstrate that internships ultimately boost employability and allowed them to achieve their dreams.

Simon Cullen would recommend that students really commit themselves to internships or any opportunities that come up as the experience is invaluable. "I was offered an internship with BESTSELLER for 6 months which was amazing and resulted in a full time job!" 

Ian Heffernan completed the part time fashion buying and merchandising course at Portobello Institute and feels while “work experience was not compulsory, an incredible opportunity arose for me through Portobello Institute who offered me a placement at Harvey Nichols and this is where I am now working”.

Sinead Frew has been very successful in her overall goal, securing a dream job as a Buying Assistant in the Brown Thomas Head Offices. “This opportunity would not have been available without the help and advice I received from the experienced course co-ordinators at Portobello institute”.

Seana Woods is now working in Penney’s and confirms that “interning while studying at both Arnott's and Penney’s helped me to understand which type of buying was actually for me and confirmed where I wanted to work".

To start your dream journey in Fashion Buying come and see us at our upcoming open day, call 01 8920007 or email sarah.reardon@portobelloinstitute.ie for full course details.