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Four internships Ever wonder about what goes on behind the scenes at one of the top fashion magazines in the world? Behind the fabulous clothes, trendy accessories, fantastic beauty products, and glitzy celebrities are real people.

Daily Life at The Daily News Walking into the glossy marble lobby, heart pounding from the buzz of the subway and from nerves, I wondered what I was doing at the Associated Press building in midtown Manhattan. I had sent in my application for a Features and Fashion Internship at the New York Daily News on a whim, not thinking I had a real shot, but simply hoping that at the very least I’d be able to practice my interview skills. But the editors must have seen some promise in my newly written resume because all of a sudden it was my first day as an intern. My boss told me later on how I’d looked that first day – wide-eyed and panicked, trying to take in all the instructions at once. But over time, I grew more confident. I soon realized that interning at the Daily News was a far cry from The Devil Wears Prada – my bosses reminded us that they used to be interns them-

A men’s fashion photo shoot I helped out on. Photos courtesy of The New York Daily News.

This was an article I edited featured in Nylon Guys. It can take a while because you have to fact check sentence-by-sentence.

selves, and always treated us with respect. Despite my initial nerves, interning at the Daily News turned out to be one of the best and most exciting experiences I have ever had. What did I do, you might ask? I assisted my boss with styling on multiple fashion photo shoots, helped pick out merchandise, and went to showrooms. I wrote actual stories for the paper, too! I went out on the streets with a Daily News photographer to interview women on their personal style and also got to interview a successful New York children’s clothing design team. I learned so much from all of my experiences: sitting in on reporters’ pitch meetings with editors, handling Public Relations communications and keeping up with the quick pace of a daily publication. I am so happy I took a chance in applying, and grateful for such an amazing opportunity! W

The women I interviewed for a personal style piece. Photos courtesy of New York Daily News.

Better Than Fetching Coffee Jackson

by Sabreena

It’s an arctic winter day. I got up and braced myself for the hour-plus commute from Stamford to SoHo. I braved the slushy dirt puddles and runny noses, because I knew that what I was about to do was worth more than learning about it in a classroom. I was a Nylon intern, and I was excited to be there! Sheer luck – that’s the only way I can describe how I landed an internship at a fashion magazine as a high school student. While I had no connections, and no prior experience in fashion, I knew that I wanted to learn the ins and outs of how a fashion magazine functioned. This was the perfect opportunity. As an office intern, I had my daily duties (sorting and distributing mail, answering phones, walking the dogs, taking out the trash…), but every

This is what it looks like behind the desk in the morning. I went to Dean and Deluca daily for coffee to fuel my day. This is the first thing you see when you walk into the office. I greeted messengers and other visitors here at the front desk.

by Sophia Fischler-Gottfried

single day was different. Many of the editors had too much work, so I was able to help out in various departments. I ran errands for the fashion closet and the art department, aided with Diesel’s Be Stupid campaign, and edited feature articles. By the end of my internship, I knew what everyone did, and how their role contributed to the finished product. In the beginning, being an intern is like being a fly. You can get in the way, and annoy those above you. While this can feel a little demeaning, it’s also the biggest perk. Since people expect you to slip-up here and there, you can explore by “mistakenly” finding your way into places you don’t necessarily belong. It’s not all glamorous, and it can be intimidating at times, but an internship in the fashion world is extremely rewarding. Take a risk and be a fly. You’ll W see what I’m talking about.

One of my jobs included cleaning the front closet. I had just finished when I snapped this photo.

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The WALK - Winter 2012  

The WALK is the University of Pennsylvania's only fashion magazine. It is completely student-run, and our Winter 2012 issue was awarded "Mag...

The WALK - Winter 2012  

The WALK is the University of Pennsylvania's only fashion magazine. It is completely student-run, and our Winter 2012 issue was awarded "Mag...

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