Ed2010 is a group for young, aspiring magazine editors. When surfing the site you can find countless informative facts relating to who they are, jobs, events (such as book clubs, panels and workshops) and especially, internships. Ask Ed, a section in the site, poses an opportunity to post a question, and hopefully, (if its a good one!) get a reply that is directly posted on the site.
The question of the day was…”How do I get a spring internship?”
Ed said that editors do not usually look to hire spring interns until december. So getting a head start is good, but not nesessary. “Go to the Ed on Campus internship page—at the end of the year. Apply for all that look appealing to you. Write tailored cover letters (don’t even think about sending a form letter where you plug in the name of the magazine!) and make sure that you send your stuff to the right person. It’s really that easy.”-Ed2010.com
Also under the Ask Ed portion of the site, there are archives of previously asked questions, such as “Landing a NYC job from outside New York,” “What makes a good internship cover letter,” and “How should my resume be designed?” Even if you don’t post a question, Ask Ed is a good way to get answers to questions that maybe you didn’t even know you had. So…ask away, look for answers in different places, and for the ones looking for a job for the spring-take a breather. Enjoy the fall air, and start applying when the winter comes.
So…I was bored, and nothing interesting was on TV, so I went on Seventeen.com to check my horoscope. Pathetic, I know. But sometimes those things catch you by surprise. Anyway, after seeing that “it’s an excellent time to have interviews of all kinds,” (yes, thats what it said) I started to read a letter from the editor of Seventeen entitled, “How do I become an editor or intern?” Well now, that caught my eye. Who better to explain all this than Atoosa Rubenstein, editor-in-chief?
Write. Write whatever you can, when you can. Read. Read magazines, especially the ones that interest you. Look at the titles and read the letters from the editors. Look at their point of view. Get an internship. Go to New York City. Major in WHAT YOU LIKE. (Atoosa majored in Political Science…??) Make phone calls. Get experience. Don’t wait. Be fierce, be enthousiastic, be passionate. Competition is tough, and it’s out there.
A link at the bottom of her letter read “How to apply for an internship at Seventeen.” It’s simple, and it is broken down into departments such as fashion, beauty/fitness, features, and art/production.
Most likely, I would look into the art/production interns. Yes, I like to write. Yes, I like to edit stories. But I LOVE photography and layouts. Hmm..maybe I should have majored in graphic design…?
For an aspiring magazine editor, I’m finding it hard to spit out my first blog on the spot. Normally my fingers can’t stop rubbing the letters off of the keyboard. As a beginner, I decided to turn to the ones that have been doing this far more than I have. The only way to find inspiration is to search the web, right? Wrong. Inspiration can come from places you’ve only thought about in your dreams. But, for the moment, we’ll stick with the world wide web.
After a little digging, I discovered a pick-me-up on Blogher.com. A page solely for women bloggers everywhere. From art, to fashion, to travel, to sex, it’s a place to talk about, well, whatever! After reading through a few that caught my eye (mostly about entertainment, fashion, etc..I’m not one for politics) I realized that blogging isn’t as bad as I thought. This could be because I developed the mindset that only “weirdo’s” with “nothing to do” posted blogs about absolutely nothing on websites such as “Myspace.” Professional blogging gives it a twist, but a good one, in my favor.
So, here we start to blog. Here we start to get involved in organizations. Here we develop ourselves from timid college students to go-getters that want to create a life for themselves in the magazine journalism industry. So I’ll start by writing for the school newspaper, by joining organizations such as Ed2010, and by learning and growing from women who have done it before me, and have done it well. So search the links and find the blogger in you.