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Janine Puhak

Kiplinger's Personal Finance, Kiplinger
Cranford, NJ | Rutgers University

   Spending the summer at Kiplinger’s has been an absolute privilege. What’s not to love about an internship at a money smart magazine, opportunity to pursue your passions in journalism and a kind staff to help you all along the way? Over the course of ten weeks, I saw first-hand how a modern magazine is born, from creative inception to newsstand sales. I rotated through each editorial department on a near-weekly basis, rounding out my personal experience in magazines thus far. Moving through the research, copy, and art departments while spending time on both the print and web teams, I was even fortunate enough to transform my original ideas into magazine and online pieces.

   There was also opportunity for me to attend all the production meetings, which I think is the coolest thing. The internship really carves out room for you to explore exactly what interests you. Whether you’ve always wanted to try your hand at social media or business development, there’s time in your schedule to chat with the people behind the scenes, who will often let you pitch in.

   In all certainty, the best part of working at Kiplinger is the editorial staff. It’s been awesome to learn from so many talented editors and writers with lifetimes of diverse experiences. It’s truly a special place to come to work every day, given the company’s commitment to integral reporting in aims of furthering the common good. The atmosphere here is simply unlike any other internship I’ve held before.

   Given the unique rotational element of the program, this internship is for someone independent and quick thinking who enjoys juggling projects and reporting to multiple supervisors. No two days are ever alike. Also, don’t be intimidated if you are not a financial savant coming into the job, I sure was not. From day one, the supervisors ease you into the Wall Street lingo. You’ll be an expert amongst your peers before you know it

Hailing from Cranford, New Jersey, Janine is a rising senior at Rutgers University majoring in American Studies. A staff writer for RU’s official campus newspaper The Daily Targum, Janine has previously interned at Harper’s Bazaar and Town & Country. She loves her DC squad and is happy to help as this year's DC editor at large. 

So, all in all, ASME hopefuls, take the plunge and apply to be Kiplinger kid. You’ll enjoy close bonds with the small but mighty group of fellow Washington interns, a field trip to a real live printing press and near one-on-one attention at all the ASME lunches with D.C. executive editors. Also, calling the nation’s capital your summer playground is pretty sweet in itself. Give it a go and I promise, you’ll be glad you did.