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:
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!
Waltz into our marble building, flash my badge to the guard, jump on the golden elevators and walk into our airy offices.
Clock into work and check my email for any updates.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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).
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.
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?