Her Campus is the No. 1 online community for college women, written entirely by college journalists. (Men, you can get involved, too). And most team members have been placed at major magazines after graduation including Vanity Fair and Harper’s Bazaar.
Kabbes got involved in Her Campus IU her freshman year and began running the show the very next semester. The website is chatty and lighthearted. Kabbes said to think college versions of Cosmo or Glamour. They cover everything from fashion to women’s lifestyle to Campus Cuties.
“We don’t do a lot of hard news like the front page of the IDS,” said Kabbes. “We are a fun, online magazine. We have our own voice. We are not worried about breaking news. We have fun.”
Besides having fun and scouring for campus celebrities, Her Campus has a national conference every summer in New York City. Kabbes has been to The Big Apple about 15 times, but the two-day conference always has her fangirling a little.
Last year she met insiders in the magazine industry including Chandra Turner, founder of Ed 2010 and Ann Shoket, EIC of Seventeen. She went from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. in different panels learning about PR, the business side of magazines and what your life will be like working in the industry. (Ed hears it’s good).
The national chapter of Her Campus sponsored the event for all 250 college chapters. Bonus: The conference was catered by Chipotle.
Do you really need any more convincing about getting involved? Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Just email firstname.lastname@example.org. Kabbes doesn’t usually turn anyone away. She will just welcome you to the team and give you a contract. Writers are expected to write four articles per month. However, if you have a busy schedule, just let Kabbes know and she will work with you.