INTERVIEW: INTERNSHIP COORDINATOR
NAME/COMPANY: SHARI HARTFORD, MANAGING EDITOR, DIVERSIONS MAGAZINE
Where are you from ? NEW YORK CITY
What do you look for when hiring interns ? I LOOK FOR INTERNS WHO ARE INTERESTED IN THE SUBJECT MATTER OF OUR MAGAZINE AND ARE WILLING TO ROLL UP THEIR SLEEVES AND PITCH IN. I’M TURNED OFF BY INTERN CANDIDATES WHO WANT TO DO ONLY ONE THING — USUALLY WRITE. WE EMPHASIZE THAT OUR INTERNS BECOME A PART OF OUR STAFF AND THEREFORE HAVE REAL DEADLINES AND RESPONSIBILITIES. THEY MUST TAKE THEIR WORK AS SERIOUSLY AS IF THEY WERE ON STAFF AND BEING PAID.
Has an intern ever done something to really knock your socks off ? WE HAVE HAD MANY IMPRESSIVE AND MOTIVATED INTERNS. WE HAVE RARELY HAD A DUD.
Have you ever offered an intern a job ? YES AND WE HAVE ASKED INTERNS TO COME BACK FOR SECOND INTERNSHIPS AND TO FREELANCE AT SALARIED POSITIONS.
If you had a few sentences of advice for students seeking internships with your company, what would it be ? I CAN’T STATE ENOUGH THE IMPORTANCE OF GOING INTO THE INTERVIEW KNOWING WHAT THE MAGAZINE IS ALL ABOUT. SELL YOURSELF AND TELL ME WHY I SHOULD CHOOSE YOU…WHAT WILL YOU BRING TO MY MAGAZINE.
What can a student do to better prepare for an internship with your company ? RESEARCH! WE ARE NOT AVAILABLE ON THE NEWSSTAND SO ASK FOR COPIES. I WILL SEND THEM ANYWAY, BUT IT’S IMPRESSIVE IF THE CANDIDATE BRINGS IT UP FIRST.
INTERVIEW: INTERNSHIP COORDINATOR – ANGELA NAVARRO,GEN ART – Fashion/Film/Arts Industries
INTERNSHIP COORDINATOR INTERVIEW !!
What is your job ? Regional Event Coordinator for Gen Art
What college did you go to ? UCLA
Where are you from ? San Francisco
Tell me about your intern experience: I’ve had about 3 internships during college. One being a fashion intern for IMG in Los Angeles. From there I got another marketing/fashion internship for a consulting company, which eventually led me to a full-time position.
Do you have any internship horror stories ? On the second day of my internship, I was sending around a mass email to some undisclosed recipients and I totally forgot to BCC! The list had some really important people on there, and now everyone had each other’s email address. I was sure I was going to get fired. Luckily I wasn’t.
What was the most valuable lesson you learned while interning ? It’s best to try out different internships in order to get the most experience, especially so that you can find out what area/field you are really passionate about. But above all, network , network , network!
What do you look for when hiring interns ? As an event production intern, you have to be prepared to work in a fast pace environment.
*We (GEN ART) are looking for candidates who have great leadership and communication skills, someone who is a problem solver, motivated, and over all else, professional.
Has an intern ever done something to really knock your socks off ? I think if an intern is assertive, they are sure to make a great impression. Interns who go beyond their regular day to day job duties show that they are really committed.
What can a student do to better prepare for an internship with your company ? As with any company you interview with, do your homework and know information about the company beforehand. Be a great sales person and know how to sell yourself.