A Day in the Life of an ASME Intern


Michela with her fellow ASME interns

Sure, it probably seems like you just finished up this summer’s internship (because you did), but it’s never too early to start thinking about next year! If you’re currently a junior, consider applying for the American Society of Magazine Editors program through the j-school. It’s a paid, summer magazine internship where 30 students from across the country are placed at top magazines in New York and Washington D.C. Along with interning five days a week, interns have weekly lunches with editors at other top magazines, attend networking events and are assigned someone who is already working in the industry as a mentor.

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Here’s what a typical day in my life as an ASME intern at Family Circle looked like.

7:30 a.m.
Wake up in my NYU twin-size dorm bed. As part of the ASME program, housing is arranged so that everyone in the program has the option to live in the same New York University dorm building. So you’re not only spending your summer working in magazines, but also living with people who are just as passionate about them as you are.

9:20 a.m.
Leave for work.

Taking the subway every morning was always one of my favorite parts of the day. It’s the perfect (air-conditioned) place to listen to music, catch up on reading and get in the zone for the exciting day ahead of me!

9:55 a.m.
Arrive at Meredith headquarters and head up to the Family Circle floor. My typical morning routine included distributing mail and printing issue plans for my department’s editors and checking my inbox for any new projects editors had in store for me.

11:30 a.m.
Leave the office for an ASME lunch. Once a week everyone in my program would get together at a magazine office in the city and have lunch with some of the magazine’s editors. Some offices we visited this past summer included Sports Illustrated, The New Yorker, and Good Housekeeping, to name a few. The lunches are set up like Q and A sessions, so you have the chance to personally ask questions to the likes of Cindi Leive, Ann Shoket, and Jill Herzig!

1:30 p.m.
Return to the office. As the only editorial intern at Family Circle, I had the opportunity to help out on many different projects (writing, researching, pitching) for the Articles, Health and Web departments.

3 p.m.
Meet with an Family Circle editor. One of the best parts about being an intern is you’re there to LEARN! And one of the best ways to do that is by sitting down with the people you’re already sharing an office with. Editors have tons of advice and are generally always willing to meet for at least a few minutes with their interns. All you have to do is ask!

5 p.m.
Leave work.

7 p.m.
Meet up with my ASME roomie to see a Broadway show using the student-rush tickets she snagged us earlier in the day. (Traveler’s tip: take advantage of student rush tickets. Use your student ID, and you’ll get huge discounts and great seats for Broadway tix at the box office.) While I didn’t see a Broadway show every night of the summer, there are a million things to do in the city whether it’s grabbing dinner with another IU friend, attending an ASME networking event or exploring one of the city’s many parks (think: free activities).

11:30 p.m.
Lights out! While I would never go to bed this early during the school year, I’m exhausted after such an INCREDIBLE day in New York City. Can’t wait to see what tomorrow brings!

Still have questions about the program? Contact me at mtindera@indiana.edu for more information.

Michela Tindera