Internships / Work Experience

Speaking to the intern: Company Magazine

By Annette Stevens

Interning is a huge part of the industry, despite it being in the news negatively. The only thing is, with books such as “The Devil Wears Prada”, some journalists think that it revolves around being a slave to a screaming, silver-haired editor.

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I spoke to Natasha Slee, who is so lucky to be interning at Company magazine .She described her duties as this:

“Each morning I work on completing daily tasks, which include writing all the tweets for the night that are then put into a Twitter program and timed to go out at certain times. I also sort the post and deliver it to each person’s desk. I update the events calendars – the ones for the issue go as far ahead as February 2014, but the app events calendar is just next week. Throughout the day I get given tasks by different members of the team, such as transcribing, writing up a press release for an online article, or something for the magazine.”

So far, so good. But what about coffee? Does every fashion editor require a piping hot Starbucks coffee, at their desk, every two seconds? Seems unlikely…

“Sometimes people ask you to get coffee for them from the Pret downstairs but that’s about as close as it gets. The editor Victoria always comes over to the team for a chat, and not everyone wears heels in the office!”

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So for Company, Natasha occasionally collects coffee, and that’s as close as it gets to The Devil Wears Prada. Hardly any coffee and heels. Probably just the way I would like it! But how do you get that desired Internship? So many people are applying for them and internships at big national magazines are so sought over, that even working for free can be a problem. My tip would be to keep contacts, and to mention them when you apply for an internship:

“I got the internship very last minute. I was already in email contact with Gem Royston-Claire, and she emailed to say they had an intern drop out last minute and could I fill the space. I hadn’t planned to do any more internships, but I’ve always wanted to see what it’s like at Company!”

And Natasha’s tips?

“Start at local papers and magazines and work your way up – you’ll very quickly find you’re getting opportunities at the top! Most places only take interns who are over 18, so don’t worry if you get rejected first time. Go in with an open mind, and always be helpful and friendly. Keep a blog or a website with your writing, so the magazine  can Google you before you come in!”

Internships aren’t really like in films. And we can safely say that now.

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