A Day in the Life of Teen Vogue Intern

Carmen Huff, Ed’s President, interviewed a former Teen Vogue intern.  Here’s the inside scoop!


Denali Free is a senior at Savannah College of Art & Design studying advertising. Two summers ago – when Condé still had their intern program – she was an intern for Teen Vogue. She had a blast and returned as a freelance designer last summer. Here is what a typical day looked like:

8:15 a.m. Head out the doors of my apartment and jump on the subway. My commute started in Brooklyn Heights and ended 7 stops away at the infamous Condé Nast building in Times Square.

8:45 a.m. Join the rush of people getting off the subway at 42nd Street, dodge tourists and the ever growing group of Elmo’s, Mickey’s and Minions to finally make it to the front doors of the 4 Times Square. Walk through security and take the elevator to the Teen Vogue offices while subtly checking out (and being completely envious) all the amazing outfits everyone is wearing.

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Day in the Life: Musicholics4U.com Social Media Intern

Seeing as she was ALWAYS on social media, Lindsay Moore, VP of Communications for Ed, found a summer internship that best suited her savy social skills. She found the perfect balance of flexibility and solid job experience through her virtual social media internship with music website Musicholics4U.com.

10:00am: Open up all social media accounts, i.e. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Tumblr. Record the analytics from the previous days’ posts in an excel file.

10:15am: Google chat with Musicholics4U.com founder, aka my boss, Sarah Karkoura. We would discuss the week’s project, my progress from last week and address any questions that I had.

10:30am: Send Sarah an email with my daily/weekly goals for each social media site.
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A Day in the life at Michael Kors

Sierra Vandervort, Ed writer, worked for Michael Kors as a press and sales intern this past summer. 

Living and working in New York City can be one of the most exhilarating, exhausting and scary times of your life. This past summer, I had the luck of working as a press and sales intern for the luxury brand Michael Kors. With the corporate offices in the heart of Manhattan, I gained a lot of experience in areas I never thought I would. From navigating the subway systems, to meeting Michael during the Spring product reviews, every day was a new adventure.

9:00 AM – I wake up in my NYU dorm room in Greenwich. The bustling of the cars and horns below my window motivate me to start my day.

10:00 AM – I’m dressed and out the door. I cut through Washington Square Park to grab some Starbucks before I start my day. (The coffee is actually included on my NYU meal plan, score!)

10:15 AM – I hop on the uptown F train to take me to 42nd St. and Bryant Park. The Michael Kors offices are right in the heart of midtown with a gorgeous view over the park.

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A Day in the Life of a Style Guru

Kelsey Roadruck, contributing writer for Ed at Indiana, was a Style Guru for CollegeFashionista last summer. This virtual experience taught Kelsey how to be a standout intern.

A day in the life of a Style Guru was not particularly new to Kelsey. She had interned with CollegeFashionista during summer 2013 as a Style Guru for the weekly “What to Wear” column. This summer, CollegeFashionista added a couple departments to its site, which Kelsey jumped at the chance for. Although reporting on other Fashionistas/os’ collegiate clothing choices was inspirationally fun, Kelsey really enjoyed writing for the new “Style Guru Style” column.

10 a.m.

My first Style Guru responsibility was to browse Style.com for a recent runway show or trend. This was perhaps the most difficult and time-consuming task I was responsible for this summer. Reimagining a high fashion look in a realistic manner with an affordable approach sometimes took well over an hour. Trust me, my browser’s bookmarks were worn out by the end of the summer.


Makin’ Macklemore proud, Goodwill and local thrift shops were always my go-to when it came to finding a similar style to the one I had (finally) chosen earlier that morning. Believe it or not, I hate shopping, but something about reviving worn wardrobes is always a rewarding feeling, not to mention cheap. Plus, I knew the chances of another intern photographing the same salvaged style would, more than likely, never happen.

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A Day in the Life at NYC Fashion Week

Sierra Vandervort, writer for Ed at Indiana, just attended New York Fashion Week, one of the biggest fashion events in the world!

Fashion week is one of the busiest, most glamorous weeks in all of New York City. Designers, models and interns alike all flock to the Big Apple to kick off the month-long super-event. After its initial stop in New York City, the couture party moves on to London, Paris and Milan.

A day in the life at fashion week can be pretty hectic. With hardly any time to eat, sleep or breathe, it can be a bit overwhelming. But underneath all the stress and the sweat is the most exciting week for any fashionista. That being said, as a recently de-flowered Fashion Week virgin, let me explain a thing or two before you dive heels-first into the tumultuous adventure that is NYFW.

9:00 am – Walk to the subway station on W. 4th Street, take the A train downtown to the southern seaport to meet the team at the studio.

9:30 am – Pack up the looks, model boards, model trades, show supplies and press releases. Do a last minute steam and check of the clothes before putting them in garment bags.
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A Day in the Life of The Knot Intern

Carmen Huff, Ed at Indiana’s president, was an editorial intern for The Knot last summer. It was fabulous because every day was different.

Whether she was making copies or writing for the print magazine, she always felt like she was part of the team and contributing to the company. They also got a lot of fun perks like going to style shoots or having a behind-the-scenes tour of Kleinfeld’s — home of “Say Yes To The Dress.” Jealous yet? Now a wedding expert, Carmen would definitely recommend an internship at XO Group. Here is what a typical day looked like:

9 a.m.
Jump on the subway and head to work. I lived in Brooklyn Heights and XO Group’s offices are in the Financial District (a block from the One World Trade Center). I was so spoiled by the short commute!

9:15 a.m.
Waltz into our marble building, flash my badge to the guard, jump on the golden elevators and walk into our airy offices.


9:20 a.m.
Clock into work and check my email for any updates.

9:21 a.m.
Head downstairs to XO’s café to grab a cup of coffee. I had no idea what those emails said without it! There was also all-you-can-eat oatmeal and fruit every morning. XO loves to feed its employees and interns!

9:30 a.m.
Check all the wedding news on Google alerts, Reddit, The Knot blog, Real Weddings and much, much more. Oftentimes I would grab a copy of the Ultimate Wedding Guide (a book published by The Knot) and start reading about everything from gowns to officiants to flowers to cocktails.

10 a.m.
Go to the Knot.com meeting. A couple weeks into the summer, the interns were part of the team like everyone else. We were expected to research and pitch stories for the website and blog. My favorite was my cocktail name post! So fun!

10:30 a.m.
Check in with all the other editors to see what they needed done for the day. I reported on-and-off to 15 editors in lots of departments, and they needed everything from writing to editing to researching to doing administrative tasks (organizing folders, rearranging the library and making copies). It was so neat to work with so many different people!

1 p.m.
The interns always ate lunch together downstairs in XO’s café. (It’s a very swanky place!) We would catch up on Andi’s season of the Bachelorette, debate the best flowers for a bridal bouquet and share what kind of work we were doing.

2 p.m.
Back to work. I would usually send my editors a brief update of how all my projects were going and ask any questions I had to that point.

4:30 p.m.
The other interns and I would usually need a break, so we would raid the snack cabinet or popcorn drawer (read: all-you-can-eat popcorn).

5:30 p.m.
Every Thursday we would have Thirsty Thursday. It was a themed party with a signature cocktail and snacks (yes, more free food!). For National Tequila Day (yes, we celebrated National Tequila Day) we have chips, salsa, queso, and guacamole with tequila sunrise.


6:15 p.m.
Jump back on the subway and head home. Sometimes the interns would go grab cupcakes or drinks after work, because who ever gets sick of eating food?



How to Balance School with an Internship

Michela Tindera, Ed at Indiana’s Vice President of Events, interned at Indianapolis Monthly last semester. While balancing and internship and school had its challenges, she found the experience to be well worth it.

Thinking about applying for a fall or spring semester internship? Consider Indianapolis Monthly — it’s about an hour drive up IN-37, but well worth the commitment in the experience you gain. Balancing your time between classes and work can be challenging at times, but it’s definitely manageable if you stay organized. Here’s what a typical Monday looked like for me during first semester.

8 a.m.
Wake up, get dressed and walk to the Informatics East building for class.

9:05 a.m.
I-308 Information and Data Representation class — I’m pursuing an informatics certificate along with my journalism major.

11 a.m.
Head home to grab lunch and change into different clothes for the office.

11:45 a.m.
Leave for Indianapolis. I always made sure my iPod was updated before the commute, so I had plenty of new music to sing along to on my drive.

1 p.m.
Arrive at the Emmis Communications office on Monument Circle in downtown Indianapolis and check in with intern supervisor and managing editor, Kim Hannel. There, I’d pick up fact-checking assignments from her and then head to my desk to check email. Continue reading