This is a blog from contributor, Molly Gallagher. Molly interned at Time Out New York last summer and was kind enough to share her experiences and what she learned! And don&t forget to apply for the Time Out New York Kids Magazine here.
When I started my internship at Time Out New York magazine this summer I knew writing was a possibility—I never imagined that I would end my internship with two clips in the magazine. Time Out was unlike any of my previous internship experiences. Over the past four summers I interned in the editorial department at POZ, the fashion department at Elle, the editorial department at US Weekly and the editorial department at Vanity Fair after Time Out. I worked closely with the deputy editor and features editor at Time Out. At the other magazines I interned for this was unthinkable. It was invaluable experience to spend a month of my summer receiving fact-checking assignments from the features editor. When I worked on articles with the deputy editor I sat next to her desk, while she showed me my edits. The deputy editor assigned my first article. The assignment was to write about romantic weekend getaways that fit into a Time Out New York reader’s budget and ability to travel. The hardest part about writing for a new publication is learning the style. The second article I wrote was about networking in NYC. For this article I contacted Lauren Berger, the Intern Queen, Trudy Steinfeld, executive director of NYU’s Wasserman Center for Career Development, Chandra Turner, the founder of ED2010, Stuart Schultz, coauthor of The Gradspot.com Guide to Life After College, and Maxine Martens the CEO of Martens & Heads. Writing the article not only allowed me to learn about networking, but I was able to network while writing the article. Here are the biggest tips I took away from my research:
1. Don’t discount anyone! Treat everyone you meet as a contact and important person to know. While you may think the secretary doesn’t know anyone—she might be best friends with an Editorial Assistant or something else at that publication. One of the best parts about being at Time Out was that I became close with high-position editors like the deputy editor and features editor, but I also made connection with fellow interns, associate editors, and writers.
2. Sell yourself. Think about what you can tell someone in sixty seconds about who you are what you do that will help you land a job, advised Trudy Steinfeld, executive director of NYU’s Wasserman Center for Career Development.
3. Keep in touch. Lauren Berger, the Intern Queen, advised me to contact former internship bosses and contacts once a semester or if you’re out of college “once a season.”
4. Don’t be selfish. One of the golden rules of networking is not to contact people only when you need something. If your boss mentioned she has an appearance on the Today show in October—make a note of it and wish her good luck when it rolls around. If you help someone and form a good relationship they will be more willing to help you.