The Benefits of Salon Internships For Cosmetology Graduates

Salon internships are very popular among beauty school grads. These low-pay or no-pay jobs offer a great deal of experience, but many wonder if they are worth the effort. In the world of being a stylist, experience is extremely important. As such, salon internships come in handy for fresh cosmetology graduates. Some of the benefits of salon internships include;

A Chance to Keep Your Skills Fresh

It is very easy to let your skills atrophy when you get out of beauty school. If you want to remember how to do everything that you have learned, you have to keep those skills fresh. A good internship will let you polish your old skills while learning new skills, allowing you to make a great first impression when you eventually start a new job.

Networking Opportunities

Networking is everything. Once you meet the right people, you can find the right job. If you take an intern position at a good salon, you will meet a number of great stylists and clients. When those stylists make the move to their own salons, they might hire you. At the very least, you stand a good chance of being recommended for other open positions in the area if the people with whom you work like your work ethic.

Learning from the Best

Most internships take place at well-regarded salons, even if only at the local level. This means that the people for whom you work will have a higher level of skill than the average stylist. If you are still finding your way through the process of mastering your art, working with someone who has the confidence and ability to teach can help you.

Working with a real master stylist is a huge part of mastering the craft yourself, so the internship experience really is invaluable to most recent graduates. At the very least, you will learn important tips and tricks that will help you to get through the early days of your own career.


Experience counts for more than anything in today’s marketplace, and a good internship fills up a vital spot on your resume. A few months spent in an internship is equivalent to a few months of work, but usually with a nicer salon’s name on your resume. This will help you to find your first job, even if it is not at the same salon. The simple act of taking an internship will make you a more valuable candidate when someone has a chair to fill.

If you have just graduated from beauty school or are about to graduate, try to line up an internship. While some are competitive, most can teach you quite a bit. With the right salon internships under your belt, finding a permanent job should be easier.

Frank Trieu
Vice President of Business Development & Industry Relations

Frank Trieu is a cosmetology industry leader, and despite his accomplishments and accolades, he still prioritizes students on the Evergreen campus. Through building relationships within the community and local salons, retail stores, and spas, he helps facilitate job placements for aspiring beauty professionals using his expansive network.

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3 years ago

Hi there my name is Monique and I really want to study for hairdressing I can blow and flat iron but I want to go more in it. It’s really my passion and I love doing it. I’ve been trying to ask around but people don’t want to help me idk what to do. It’s soo sad. I really need help pls

3 years ago
Reply to  Monique

Hi Monique, I encourage you to make an appointment to speak to a school admissions counselor. They can outline the process of becoming a stylist, discuss financial aid & answer your questions. Many community colleges have a cosmetology program where you can learn the necessary skills & log the hours to qualify for the state licensing exam. This is a much less expensive option than traditional beauty schools & every bit as good. After you graduate, assisting an established stylist will perfect your skills, teach you new skills as well as the ins & outs of running a salon. The beauty industry can be very difficult to navigate, but with a little help, hard work & determination it can be an extremely rewarding career. If you already have the passion, you’re off to a great start!

Good Luck!


Julissa Molina
Julissa Molina
3 years ago

Hey i am a graduate in cosmetology school but i haven’t done my test to get my license but i am looking forward to keep learning more about cosmetology . And keep up with everything I learned