WRITTEN BY DANIELLE ADONE

This spring I worked at my first magazine internship at Family Circle magazine in the heart of New York City. Since I was a young girl all I ever wanted to do was write for a magazine publication.

As crazy as life has become since I was a young girl, my dream has always remained, as I stepped into SFC my first day freshman year.

As a junior and the News Editor for SFCToday, I have much experience reporting, editing and designing for the campus paper.

However, I was more than ready to take my first steps in the magazine industry to reassure myself that I still wanted to make my dream a reality. I made an appointment at the Career Center to update my resume and learn how to write a correct cover letter.

The next step was searching online to find the magazines looking for editorial interns. I applied to variety of magazines such as Cosmopolitan, Marie Clare, Everyday with Rachael and more. I decided to take the position as the Health and Food Editorial Intern at Family Circle Magazine.

Little did I know it was one of the best decisions I have made during my college career.
Family Circle Magazine began publication in 1932 and has continued to bring smiles to American woman over the years. The magazine is distributed nationwide and covers a wide variety of topics from home, style, health and food.

The target audience is woman with children between the ages of 7 to 18. This would be the biggest challenge for me because for SFCToday our target audience has always been college students.

I would be lying if I said I was not nervous on my first day. I have heard some horror internship stories that have even caused students to completely change their major and start over. I have also heard students who had the best hands on experience of their life. I was praying and hoping for the latter. From the moment I walked into the building on my very first day at Family Circle it has been nothing but good to me.

I knew that my experience with the paper as well as some of the classes I have taken at SFC properly prepared me for this opportunity. McSherry’s News Writing class taught me the key ingredients to a hard news story and gave me the skills to using Adobe InDesign. The presentations and speeches I have made in my classes at SFC also helped me with my communication skills at the magazine.

The office has such a positive and creative energy. As tight as deadlines may be everyone always is willing to give a friendly hello and lend a helping hand. I would say the writers are more than co-workers but a family. As you walk around the office you see InDesign documents opened on almost every computer.

You also see many people reading the top of the news to be the first to get the latest story on the online blog. I only work at Family Circle Tuesday and Thursday, but I can honestly say I look forward to it every week.

I have had the opportunity to make so many connections within and outside the magazine. I have worked closely with my boss (The Food Editorial Assistant) to contact Public relations firms to call in samples, write and edit blog posts and pitch weekly story ideas for upcoming issues. Some of my ideas have even been approved for upcoming issues and some of my blog posts are on the site with my byline.

I get to attend the weekly edit meetings. These meetings are with the top editors to make sure each department’s process of production is running smoothly. The meetings are very concise and to the point. The Family Circle team gathers to the boardroom at precisely 10 a.m with the edit plans in hand for the week. Deadlines and organization is the key ingredients to the process.

I have attended some awesome events through the health and food departments. I was able to try out Xbox’s new Zumba game before it hit stores. I had the opportunity to meet Gina Grant one of the celebrity instructors of the game.

I went to Health Corp.’s annual Teen Battle Chef competition and was able to meet and interview celebrity chef Rocco DiSpirito. I even got the opportunity to meet Dr. Oz. Recently I went to a spring cookie decorating class, which was awesome. It was great to get out of the office for a few hours and use my creativity in something other than writing.

Each of these events has better developed my interviewing skills and most of all my confidence in preparing an interview.

Family Circle has not only been an incredible magazine to work for, but for me, it has done so much more than that. The experience has made me realize that my childhood dream still remains and will absolutely become a reality.

I am looking forward to my future internships and most of all taking the position of Editor-in-Chief of SFCToday come the fall. With experience, hard work and determination you are looking at the next Carrie Bradshaw.

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