Internship, Co-op or Research Site: Girls’ Life Magazine
Position Title: Editorial Intern
Major(s)/Minor(s): English B.A/ Media & Communication Studies
Work Term:Summer 2018
Tell us about your internship, co-op, or research opportunity, including your day-to-day responsibilities.
One of my responsibilities was to write articles pertaining to fashion, beauty, fitness, books, and lifestyle for the Girls' Life website, which were published on a weekly basis. Additionally, I assisted in planning content for the Girls' Life website by brainstorming original and creative article ideas. I also became familiar with the inner workings of journalism by transcribing interviews and networking with people in the industry.
One cooling thing about my internship is that I had the privilege of working a music and festival event that was in partnership with iHeartRadio’s z104.3 and sponsored by L.A. Colors. It was extremely fascinating to be behind the scenes and see how companies collaborate and hold huge promotional events. I even got to work with the clothing brand Aeropostale, talk to some of the representatives, and forge relationships with people in similar industries. Plus, I got to take home a bunch of free items!
Describe the process of obtaining your position. When did you hear of the position and submit your application?
I looked on the UMBCworks website around late April, which is where I heard of the position. Then I took my resume to the Career Center, where it was carefully looked over, and I was given constructive feedback. After polishing my resume, writing a cover letter, and submitting three writing samples, I applied for the position a few days later.
What have you enjoyed the most about your position or organization?
Getting my articles published on the Girls' Life Website and getting featured in the magazine (it’s incredibly rewarding to see my name in print)!
How do you believe you have made an impact through your work?
I believe that I've served as a role model for young girls by writing articles that inspire and give advice to teens in order to facilitate their success in the world.
What advice would you give to another student who is seeking an internship or similar experience?
Use UMBCworks to help you find an internship or job opportunity! I wouldn’t have had my internship if it wasn’t for them. Also, don’t be afraid to go to the Career Center; it’s an incredibly helpful resource to improve your resume and strengthen your interview skills.
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