How can I survive an unpaid internship?
After I graduate high school, my goal is to move to NYC and do 3-4 fashion internships, which I know rarely pay at all. I would really appreciate any tips about how to not go broke living like this! fashion intern internship summer apparel-and-fashion fashion-shows
However, not all fashion internships are unpaid! Sharing some links in case you find any interesting: https://fashionista.com/tag/paid-internships
If your heart is set on a fashion house that doesn't pay, don't let it deter you! Do you plan on doing a summer internship? If so, I recommend getting a part time job during the school year (if possible) and saving money throughout the year, so you don't have to worry about working in NY while interning.
When interviewing for an internship, ask how fashion houses can compensate if they can't offer pay (for example, can you get school credit? stipends? pay for lunch?). Other alternatives is to look into financial aid (to see if it's a right fit) or scholarships as well.
Other financial hacks to consider: Sublease an apartment in NY, find roommates, shop at Trader Joe's or Aldi and cook as much as possible (or get premade meals from Trader Joe's), take the subway often or walk (avoid cabs and Ubers as those add up).
Hope you find this helpful!
Depending on how difficult or time-consuming your internships will be, you might consider taking a part-time job to be able to help pay the bills - I worked in the restaurant industry while doing internships to make some money since many of mine were also unpaid.
Also start to learn more about creating good personal finance habits - learn how to create/follow a budget and how to analyze your spending as this will become really important when you're trying to live on limited funds.