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Interning in fashion houses is great. As an intern, you will learn the intricacies of being a fashion designer. Interns are often accepted by big fashion brands. As an intern, you can confirm what you love about the fashion industry. When you understand your strengths and weaknesses, you can be better in your career.

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Fashion interns are not employees. You cannot expect to enjoy the monetary and other benefits employees enjoy. You are also not a student. Fashion students pay to learn. Fashion interns are the middle ground between employees and students. You are there to learn and work.

Duties of a fashion intern

1. Assist your supervisor

Fashion interns are usually placed under a supervisor. You are going to be assigned duties by your supervisors. Your supervisor may be a fashion designer, stylist, wardrobe manager, fabric and textile manager, etc. The fashion intern is to work side by side with their supervisor. You learn and you work.

2. Cut and sew

As a fashion intern, you will be expected to cut and sew at some point in your training. You are not there to just observe what is being done. You are to get involved. One of the prerequisites of becoming a fashion designer in Nigeria is the ability to cut and sew.

3. Carry out administrative tasks

You might be asked to perform administrative tasks in your workplace. Tasks like answering phone calls, checking and reply emails and messages, updating your company’s social media pages, etc. In addition, you may be asked to produce viable content to promote the company’s business.

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Fashion interns may also prepare and attend meetings.

4. Run miscellaneous errands

Fashion interns may run errands for their superiors. Such errands may include: buying fabric from the market, sending out deliveries, picking up orders, and many more. Most of the errands usually center around relevant fashion business procedures.

How to be a good fashion intern

Have a creative mind.

Be a team player.

Be up to date about current fashion trends.

Be flexible to learn various fashion skills.

Pay attention to detail.

Be resilient.

What does one learn from a fashion Internship?

Relevant fashion skills.

Time management and organization.

How to run a fashion business.

The fashion supply chain


You gain experience that can be added to your CV.

If you are good, you may be employed as full-time staff.

How to apply for a fashion Internship in Nigeria

You can apply for fashion internships by looking out for vacancies on various social media platforms. Some are Grab jobs, LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc. You can apply for multiple internships and choose the one you prefer.

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When you want to apply, make sure you check the job requirement and description. Make sure you fit into the role. Also, try to apply for fashion internships in places close to where you live. A fashion internship is done physically not remotely.

Duration of fashion internship in Nigeria.

Most fashion internships are usually between three to six months.


Fashion interns are not paid a salary. Some fashion houses pay stipends while some don’t pay at all.


The fashion Internship is a great fashion opportunity in Nigeria. You can work and learn. It is also a time to gather relevant fashion skills and tips to have a successful fashion career.


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This article was first published on 11th July 2022


My name is Agbagba Bukola. I write about the business and exciting world of fashion.

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