A Blurry Week at Closer Magazine - Intern Wardrobe
I was lucky enough to be accepted for an internship with Closer magazine last May, after frantically applying to all of the jobs I could find on Go Think Big.
If you haven’t heard of this website, then you’re missing out. They advertise lots of internships throughout the year with Closer, Grazia, Heat, FHM, Kerrang: a gold mine for the desperate and unemployed..
So eventually I was accepted, which was beyond exciting. No interviews or phone calls, simply an e-mail confirmation saying “yes we’d love you to join us!” (slightly embellished).
Come Sunday, I realized it was a bank holiday the next day. Cue a frantic e-mail checking if they were actually open then. Thankfully the got back to me explaining they weren’t, so tip number 1: always double and triple check your dates! Tip number 1: always double and triple check your dates!
Tip number 1: always double and triple check your dates!
I also had the blessing of getting my first bout of flu which completely knocked me out and I lost my voice. No matter how much I was sweating and delirious, I didn’t cancel as it would never look good on me, no matter my excuses. Tip number 2: man up, as no one will remember the temp who couldn’t be bothered to turn up.
Tip No.2: Man up, as no one will remember the temp who couldn’t be bothered to turn up.
So on Tuesday I got to Shaftesbury avenue after having a lovely sister who let me crash with her,who also told me what a prestigious area it is (not being a Londoner, I was oblivious). But nothing can beat the excitement of standing outside the beautiful glass building knowing that within it were some of my dream careers.
After that, the week went as a slight blur (probably not helped by the first two days of detox drinks trying to kick the flu). Sadly, I didn’t feel like I was much use. I had some amazing opportunities such as transcribing an interview with Gabby Logan as well as researching the newest apps and trending websites.
However apart from this, many of my days were running to get coffees, buying a card for someone who was leaving, and putting discs into a computer for hours on end to back up old copies of the magazine.
I know that I probably wasn’t proactive enough which I can see in hindsight, however it gets a bit demoralising when you keep asking the girl in charge of you “anything else I can do? Anything at all?” I was probably a bit disillusioned before I went into the internship as there isn’t much you can do in 4 days of work.
I had some amazing opportunities such as transcribing an interview with Gabby Logan as well as researching the newest apps and trending websites.
I’ve read many internships where they had more responsibilities such as sorting the clothes cupboards or liaising with PR, but I’ve also read many where people are shoved in a corner putting paper into piles.
I came out of the internship feeling like I was more in the way, especially when I know that Closer run weekly internships throughout the year (instead of running them when they actually need people).
I’m hoping that the next internship I get I get a few more responsibilities and I don’t lost my voice for half of the week. However being around the people in the office and seeing their jobs, showed me that it is exactly what I want to be doing in the future.