Ever since I was little I loved writing.
I started by writing stories, then a diary and then a blog. So when I was at Uni, I decided to pursue journalism as a career.
Except it wasn’t that easy, really. I would send out email after email asking for internships and work experience at various magazines, attaching all the freelance writing I was doing for various papers (some of which you can find on My Articles Pinterest board), only to hear nothing back.
I only first got lucky when More magazine (which now no-longer exists, RIP More) had an intern drop-out of their Fashion team at the last minute and asked if I could replace her for two weeks straight away. I of course said yes and as I didn’t know anyone in London, I used my savings to commute by train from Rugby each day to the offices in central London.
When I arrived, I was introduced to the teams before settling down in the fashion ‘cupboard’ (which was more like an area at the back of the office) which was to be my home for the next fortnight. Together with another girl Gina (who from that has become a very good friend of mine!), we were responsible for calling in and logging clothes for shoots, helping the stylists to pack & prep them and then returning clothes back to the brands/PR companies who lent them. Returns were a big part of the job and anyone who has worked in a fashion cupboard can tell you they are also the most tedious. As More was a busy weekly magazine, there were constantly piles of clothes and mismatched shoes piled around us that we had to sort through, package up and mark off the filing docket system.
Granted, this wasn’t that fun and there wasn’t any writing that we got to do but I was just so happy to get my foot in the industry that I kept preppy, keen and volunteered to help in any way that I could, which even led me to get featured in a work feature in the magazine! (Sadly there is no trace of this now). The experience was a great chance to see how shoots and the fashion pages came together and I enjoyed soaking up the buzzing office atmosphere.
After this, it was slightly easier to get my next gig, interning in the fashion cupboard at New! Magazine. This fashion cupboard though was completely different; a big room on the top floor of a building in the City, lined by rails and rails of clothes, with a desk in the middle. There I was working with Joely, who has also become a good friend and gone on to become the Fashion Editor of The Sun newspaper! We worked together for a month, doing similar returns and call ins, as well as doing trend research and speaking to PRs. It was a great way to get to know different PR agencies, organise shoots and to make contacts but again, there wasn’t much opportunity for writing. The hours were similar 10am-6pm and I was happy there until Joely left, when it then became really lonely as the rest of the team were on the bottom floor and would only pop up to collect their samples.
Luckily, it was around this time that I got offered my first job in Fashion PR in Manchester after doing some work experience there in the summer, so I made the move up North to begin a career in PR and the rest, as they say, is history!
Has anyone else ever done an internship for a magazine? What was your experience like? Did you learn anything from it?