Intern Position Title: Digital Intern
Company: FASHION Magazine
Tell us a little bit about yourself:
I’m a West Coast boy at heart raised in the yuppie and yogi-filled city of Vancouver. I kind of fell into writing and journalism during high school and eventually I cultivated a love for the fashion publishing industry, which has led me to relocate here in Toronto. I have a huge affinity for Beyonce, London fashion and pop culture, and I never shy away from a dance floor.
Can you tell us the steps you took to land this internship?
For FASHION I was able to land the internship with a good word from an editor at FLARE Magazine where I had interned prior. Honestly it’s all about who you know and leaving a good impression from the get-go, that can really determine what your next job will be. Also, I landed the FLARE internship after spotting a tweet from one of the editors. It truly shows the power that social media has in our generation.
What attracted you to this company?
In my opinion FASHION & FLARE are at the highest echelon in the fashion industry within Canada. I always believe it’s important to learn from the best so that obviously influenced my decision on where I wanted to intern.
What skills are you learning at your internship?
Digital and interactive media plays a huge part in the fashion publishing industry now. People always say digital is where things are heading and I slightly agree. Unlike print, the turnover rate for content is super fast paced so you always have to be on the ball and ready to product content, as well as know what is current and in the news.
What has been a highlight so far?
Getting to be an integral part of the team. And I get a kick out of seeing my name in the magazine masthead as well.
Most challenging part?
Learning that it’s okay to make mistakes. As an intern this is the time in your career where you should be making mistakes. Simply learn from them and make sure you never make those mistakes again in the future when you enter the real work field.
Could you describe what a typical day is like for you as an intern?
If I’m not skimming the internet or looking for pitches and buzz-worthy articles, I’m most likely working on an assigned post. As well, I’m scheduling tweets and Facebook posts for the ongoing days.
Give us one word to describe your workplace environment:
Fast-paced. I think that’s two? Oh well…haha.
What advice do you have for someone who is just starting to look for an internship?
Pick a magazine that you would ideally want to work for. Once you land that internship, chuck your ego and pride at the door and soak up as much information as you can. Be polite and always look as if you’re having the time of your life even when you’re not.
Who do you look up to in the industry?
Katie Grand, Nicola Formichetti , Derek Blasberg. As well as my former teacher Tyler Udall.
What is your dream job?
Senior editor at Vogue UK or W Magazine. A boy can dream…