US Weekly and Time Recap

Lindsay Moore, VP of Communications for Ed at Indiana, recapped last week’s Us Weekly and Time meeting. 

For Ed’s third Skype Hype this semester we were lucky enough to speak with two writers for weekly magazines. They gave us an inside look on how to land an interview, impress editors and be a standout intern.

We spoke with Us Weekly beauty writer, Rose Walano, about the differences between web and print and how to excel in both. Walano has worked at, and and basically every other dream publication you can think of.

Cover Letters:

  1. Cover letters need to be tailored to the organization you’re applying for. Walano recommends being very familiar with the publication’s style and attitude so that you can mimic it in your cover letter.
  2. She also recommended adding some of your own personality. Cover letters are your first impression with editors—so make it sound like you!
  3. Absolutely no grammar or spelling mistakes! This sounds like a no brainer but submitting sloppy work puts you first on the chopping block.

Your work isn’t over once you land the internship. Walano gave us insider tips on what she did to stand out as an intern and what she notices about her own interns.

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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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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 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?