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Jazmine Polk

People, Time Inc.
Omaha, NE | University of Kansas

   I’ve always been the girl who squeals when Kim Kardashian breaks out a custom Birkin Bag and the girl who is more emotionally invested in Taylor Swift’s love life than her own, so during my first day interning at PEOPLE magazine when I heard one of our top editors scream out “OH MY GOD TAYLOR AND CALVIN HAVE SPLIT,” I knew I was in the right place.

   Some of my daily duties as an editorial intern at PEOPLE are attending publishing meetings, helping editors with research for stories, fact checking for the print magazine, organizing the book closet and stalking Kylie Jenner’s snapchat. I also spend a lot of time transcribing interviews, which is typing an interview word-for-word. I think I've done so many transcriptions that I have the hearing of a NYPD K-9 dog and self diagnosed arthritis in my fingers. My favorite thing to do is cover celeb events and red carpets.

   Over the past two months I’ve gotten to interview Troye Sivan, Kirstin Chenoweth, Sarah Palin, Randy Jackson, Ice T and Coco, Iman Shumpert, Pentatonix and KeKe Palmer. I’ve gotten to be on ABC’s television sets, VH1’s pink carpet and in VIP of spots that I’ll never afford again. I love attending these events and award shows because I get to be face-to-face with my favorite celebs and get my follow-up stories published on people.com. But not everything has been red carpets and roses, on day three of my internship I managed to lock myself in the company trash room for 20 minutes. Let’s just say I quickly learned to ALWAYS keep my Time Inc. I.D. with me. There was also the time that I got lost in Downtown Manhattan looking for Bobby Brown’s new book on the hottest day of the summer. I eventually found a Barnes & Noble (shout out to Siri) and made it back to the editor’s desk sweating in places I didn’t know I could. She barely looked at me and said, “Great. Thanks. Can you read the book and write something up in an hour?”  

Jazmine is a journalism news and info major at the University of Kansas, with a passion for entertainment/celebrity news, writing songs, singing, watching KU basketball and social media. She produced and hosted KU’s first entertainment news show for two years and has written for HerCampus, The University Daily Kansan and Rock Chalk Blog. 

 When I look back on these past 10 weeks, it is crazy and satisfying to think about all that I’ve gotten to do as an intern. I assumed that I would be the invisible coffee fetching, personal printer person, but I am treated like every other employee. I even get to sit in a comfy chair at the daily editors’ meetings and rub elbows with some of the best entertainment journalists in the business (who probably still don’t know I’m alive). Of course there are stressful days when I feel like I’m stuck in a bad reality show called “The Real Intern of PEOPLE Mag,” but it's the fact checking at 2 a.m. and literally chasing down Amber Rose on the red carpet (only to be ignored) that convinced me that this is what I want to do for the rest of my life.