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Intern Savvy

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As I look to start my internship at Teen Vogue this summer, I’ve been reflecting a little on how in the world I managed to pull of what seemed like a near impossible feat a year ago: scoring an internship. Yes, starting at the bottom of the editorial food chain in an unpaid position isn’t exactly as glamourous as it may seem, but getting your foot in the door is everything. The frustrating thing about the magazine industry is that there’s a lot you learn via trial and error, word of mouth, and sheer connections. As a self proclaimed rookie, I’m fairly certain I don’t even know the half of it. But I have made it my mission to collect every tidbit of advice on the subject throughout my years in journalism school.

Here are a few tips based on what I’ve learned so far…

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So it begins…

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I was going through some desk drawers recently during a move out from my dorm (packing becomes a nasty habit in your 20’s- one that I’ve been all to familiar with lately) and I came across an old date book. A year old, I suppose I held on to it for a couple of months because it said something about cupcakes on the cover (another concept with which I am too familiar). I was about to throw it away before I noticed a small post it note stuck to the inside cover: “To choose doubt as a philosophy of life is akin to choosing immobility as a means of transportation. It was a quote from Life of Pi, a required reading book I was required to read for last year’s modern literature course. Although I only managed to cram in certain excerpts amidst a mountain of required readings and general procrastination, this particular line had stuck with me.

It’s on my mind now because summer always feels like a time for mobility. Last year I traveled, almost on a whim, to Shanghai, China, where I studied, explored ancient ruins, met some amazing friends, and generally stuck out like a very tall, blonde, mandarin-botching, sore thumb. This summer, I plan to travel to an even more exotic and befuddling land- New York City. Even more, I’ll be working at one of the scariest yet wondrous places I could think of- the art department of Teen Vogue magazine!

Quite simply: I have no idea what I’m doing. And there’s a lot of doubt that comes as a natural companion to that. I’ve never been to New York, save one short trip in which I spent the majority of my time hiding fan-girling tendencies from the kind people I interviewed with at Conde Nast. But in approximately one week, I will be re-packing my bags full of retro finds and discount designer for a tiny room in Tribecca- ready to take eon the opportunity of a lifetime. It’s a scary proposition, but I’m a big believer that throwing yourself into something new, like fish oil pills or empire waist dresses, are good for everybody.

So why blog it? Why not! Yes, friends and family have expressed their interest in my summer exploits. And since I already spend the majority of my time trolling blogs, Pintrest, style sites, and tutorials, and bother my friends with impromptu photo shoots (“Look candid guys!”), I figure I should be pretty use to the visual diary concept. As I tout in most cover letters, I think paying attention to the aesthetics in every day is essential. It inspired my style, my design work, and now- my blog!

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