How to Find a Makeup Internship
If you are almost ready to complete a cosmetology program, it is time to start thinking about searching for a job. The first step is proper preparation to secure a makeup internship to give you a leg up on your new career. In this article, I will share my own experiences and give you an idea of what to expect and how to handle interviews.
What an Internship Offers
Many reputable salons prefer graduates complete an internship program. Instructors who work for hair product manufacturers usually teach these sessions. Students learn only the basics of performing the most common hairstyles in cosmetology school. During an internship program, participants continue their education by focusing on advanced techniques in hair styling and serving the customers.
Internships last from one to two years and will vary according to the salon. Many programs focus on blow drying techniques for four to eight weeks. Interns usually assist during the week and may attend workshops on days when the salon is closed to the public.
The programs I am familiar with separate color and cut training. After learning about styling, you will most likely be able to work part-time and start building a clientele while taking classes in hair color. This allows you to earn an income, gain experience and start finding clients. The first couple of years are the hardest and some individuals fail to continue due to the dedication necessary to earn a chair. You should enjoy the salon you work for since you will be spending lots of time learning the trade.
How to Handle Interviews
During the interview, you should project your excitement and enthusiasm for pursuing a career in cosmetology. A salon owner is paying to further your education and expects you to take full advantage of the opportunity. This is your chance to discuss your experience with advanced training and competitions. Let your potential employer know that you are prepared to take full advantage of the opportunity and want to make the salon your new home.