Lately, I’ve been getting quite a few emails from people asking me about my internship. It’s something I hardly bring up on here, however, I thought it would be good to address some of the questions I get asked and to answer any general questions I’ve come across on the internet. So, for the rest of this week, I’m going to be posting something internship related. Today, I’ll be writing about getting the internship. I hope you find this helpful, or at least entertaining!
First off, for those of you who don’t know, I intern at Teen Vogue in their photo department and have been doing so since December. My duty is to help the Photo Assistant, Associate Photo Editor, and Photo Director in their every day tasks. Those tasks can include anything from handing out calendars, to picking up curtains in Soho and taking them to a shoot in the Bronx. There are days when there is a lot of work and there are days when there is hardly any work, however, the most important thing in an internship (I think) is to have a positive attitude in whatever tasks your assigned. I don’t care if its scrubbing the toilets (even though I hope this doesn’t happen to you), put a smile on and get scrubbing.
How To Get The Internship
This is one of the questions I get asked the most. Not just from people emailing me, but from friends looking for an internship as well. In short, I found my internship through Ed2010, a very helpful website that posts magazine internships as well as jobs, and other helpful information on internships. While browsing the site, I saw a post that said Teen Vogue was looking for a photo intern. Immediately after, I sent in my cover letter and resume. Thankfully, I heard back the next day — they wanted me to come in for an interview the following week and so, I did just that.
Before my interview, I googled “Teen Vogue Photo Intern” to learn a little bit about the position I was interviewing for (it shows that you really want the internship), and printed out my resume–something that is pretty important. One of the first internships I interviewed for was at ELLE in the beauty department. No one had ever told that I should bring my resume (even though, now that I think back, it’s kind of common sense to do so) and so when she asked me for my resume, I kind of stared at her in shock–I didn’t have one for her. Needless to say, I didn’t get that internship (but it was okay, the next day I was offered an internship at Fashionista.com where I really wanted to intern.) Anyway, at my interview with Teen Vogue, I made sure to know a little bit about my position, some of the photographers Teen Vogue usually commissions, and of course, my resume! The interview was short, but I felt pretty confident and lived up to one my of mantras: positive thoughts equal positive outcomes. The next day, I made sure to thank the photo assistant, Mardi, for taking the time to interview me and reiterated my interest in interning for the magazine. A few days later, Mardi emailed me to tell me I had been chosen to intern at the magazine. I was really happy.
Anyway, that’s my story, however, not every ones story is the same. I was lucky enough to come across that internship online, however, if there is a department at a magazine you really would like to intern at, don’t hesitate to reach out to them through email or snail mail. A lot of internships also get posted through school websites or programs so make sure to check there as well. Just remember a few key things when going through the process: make sure your cover letter is precise, eloquent, and to the point. Also keep those three things in mind when putting together your resume. When going into your interview, make sure to look nice, to have some knowledge of the department your interviewing for, and to have your resume! It’s always nice to follow up the following day with an email to reiterate your interest and to thank them. From my knowledge, these things are pretty important and I think they’ll help you to land that internship you really want.
Stay tuned for tomorrows post regarding what to wear!