For the incoming interns reading this: I accepted my ASME internship on March 27, and yes, it felt like a lifetime after submitting my application in December. But it’s definitely worth the wait!
Admittedly, I had only been to New York once before moving here for my internship this summer. I’ve always wanted to live in a big city (I’m from rural Ohio), and the thought of moving alone to New York both excited and frightened me. After being here for nearly three months, I can honestly say it’ll be hard to leave.
When I was little, I would cut the pages out of magazines and paste them into notebooks, writing my own stories to fit the imaginary scenes I had created. On long car trips, I would devour the collection of magazines my mom brought along. Normally, she was catching up on the latest copies of O, which is part of the reason why my internship here is so special.
The email with my magazine assignment came while I working in the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism office. I full-on sprinted into my boss’s office when I saw the email, too nervous to open the news alone. We hurriedly scrolled down the assignment list, eyes glued to my tiny phone screen, hoping to see my name next to my dream assignment: O, The Oprah Magazine. We may or may not have screamed when we saw it.
Since starting at O, I’ve had my hands in a little bit of everything: I’ve helped copy edit, research, transcribe, and gather content for social media. We’re launching a new website in October, so I’m actively pitching ideas for that and the print magazine. I truly feel like part of the team, and I couldn’t be more grateful for the connections (and friends) I’ve made.
Aside from all of the practical experience I’ve learned so far, this internship has solidified a few things: I’m 110% positive that I want to work in the magazine industry, and working for a magazine whose mission I full-heartedly back is incredibly fulfilling. There’s nothing like helping women live their best lives, and I can’t wait to continue living that mission, wherever I end up.
This summer has been one of pure excitement and growth. Not only have I learned so much about what I want for a future career, but I’ve also forged connections that will last a lifetime. I’ve been so lucky to meet some of my best friends: my random dorm roommates, fellow Ohio Bobcats in the city, and my co-workers. As this summer comes to an end, it’s so bittersweet to know I’ll be leaving soon. But one thing’s for sure: I’ll be back soon (employed or not—sorry, Mom).