A Day in the Life of a New York City Intern

I’ve owed you all this post for a while now. I’ve told you almost nothing about what I do as an Editorial Intern at Food Network Magazine, and now I have just five full days of my internship left. The reason I haven’t discussed my internship in more depth is because, well, I took the Solemn Oath to Complete and Ultimate Food Network Magazine Secrecy on day one, meaning that when the Assistant Managing Editor asked me not to go tweeting about the details of work, I said of course I wouldn’t. Because we wouldn’t want you filching our amazing ideas and putting them in your own magazines, now would we? I’ve been working on content for issues as far into the future as March, so I guess I can’t really talk openly until you get your begging hands on that issue. It’s kind of like being in the FBI. Just a little.  But that doesn’t mean I can’t lead you through the vaguest picture of my day. Because even an FBI agent doesn’t leave her biggest fans totally hanging.

Let me start by saying–I absolutely love my internship. It’s true I’m not doing all the same tasks the paid editors are doing, but it’s still given me invaluable insight into the world of food magazine journalism. It’s affirmed my love for all things food, and all things writing, and especially all things food writing. The hours just fly when I’m on the job.

Follow me through a day in the life of Food Network Magazine editorial intern.

6:00 a.m. – Alarm goes off. Press snooze six times.

6: 25 a.m. – Get ready for the day, savor a cup of earl grey with honey and almond milk,  drink a green giant smoothie for breakfast (trust me, guys, it’s good. Recipe to come), write a blog post about gorgonzola cheese, apply for a job, yadayadayada, walk to the subway.

8:45 a.m.- Take subway from Queens into Manhattan, walk three blocks to the Hearst Tower– the LEED-certified, iconic beauty of a building that houses Food Network and about a dozen other leading magazines. Most days I still can’t believe I work in such a notable, state-of-the-art building. If any of you have seen Confessions of a Shopaholic or the newest Spiderman movie, they were both filmed in the Hearst Tower. But anyway, who really cares about a building.

9:15 a.m.- Settle into my desk a little early, along with a few other editors. Most people roll in between 9:30 and 10. Load up on free tea from one of those fancy dispensy machines.

9:30 a.m.- The Associate Photo Editor asks me to take the subway to a local baking supply store to buy lots of muffin cups for an upcoming…project. Shhh. So I grab her corporate credit card and my subway card and go.

10:45 a.m. – Arrive back at Hearst tower with a grocery bag full of muffin cups. Get back on my computer and finish up a research project about Food Network Stars who live on Long Island for the Senior Editor. Email him the document with my information.

11:45 a.m. –  Put together ten packages with prizes for the ten winners of the sweepstakes contest in our August issue. Lucky ducks — I’d like a 4-piece set of Bobby Flay dinnerware too, please.

1:15 p.m.- Finally finish putting the packages together. Whew! Lunch time in Central Park.

2:00 p.m.- Arrive back at my desk. Print out my weekly pitches for the On the Road section of the magazine and turn them in to the Associate Editor.

2:15 p.m. – The Senior Associate Editor (my supervisor) asks me to open her mail for her, which consists of two mountains of packages that each contain items that have been bubblewrapped like I have never seen bubblewrap before. Time to pull out my box cutter. I lay the contents of all the boxes–mostly items up for review for our Christmas gift guide–out for my editor to see and dispose of the packaging. She asks me to put the items away in our prop closet.

2:45 p.m.- Brush up on the latest news in the food world by reading through my list of 20+ food blogs. If I see a new or intriguing idea, I add it to my list of ideas to pitch to my supervisor for the Food News section of our magazine.

3:45 p.m. – The Senior Editor tells me he liked the research project I emailed him that morning, and gives me part two of the assignment. This time it involves food, and boardwalks. I begin to compile a document with the requested information.

4:00 p.m.- My supervisor comes in and asks me to help plan the baby shower for our very, very pregnant Editor-in-Chief. I get delegated paper-chain making and pie tin-ordering. She also asks me to put photos of the potential products we will feature in our Christmas gift buide in order by price. I do so.

4:15 p.m.- The Editorial Assistant asks me to track down a package that’s been lost in the mail. I find it. The Senior Associate Editor asks me to order a messenger to pick up a product for her on the other side of town. I place the messenger request.

4:30 p.m.- Continue my research project that involves food and boardwalks. Drink more tea. Take a minute to soak up the view from 35 floors up.

4: 45 p.m.- Supervisor asks me to print out a photo on tablet paper. I can’t figure out how to switch the paper size from office to tablet on my computer and cause a backup at the color printer. The Deputy Art Director helps me fix the problem and about ten copies of the image come spewing out at once–all the wrong size. I tell my supervisor of my woes and see reroutes the assignment to the Art Assistant.

5:00 p.m.- Continue researching.

5:30 p.m.- The Assistant Managing Editor asks me to organize some merchandise in the prize closet.

5:50 p.m.- I wrap up my research for the day and email the Senior Editor letting him know my progress thus far.

6:00 p.m.- Shut down computer. Pack up. Elevator. Escalator. Revolving Door. 3 blocks. Subway. 7 blocks. Home.

Breathe.

Smile.

Comments

  1. Tracy Gilsvik says:

    It sounds like a good day of work. I’m so glad you’re getting this experience!

  2. Derek says:

    Never a dull moment!

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  5. Nikki says:

    Awesome! Hoping to get an internship like this next year too!

  6. wangfood says:

    That sounds like a busy but interesting and meaningful day! I’m wondering how did you apply for the editorial intern? from where? Thanks! 🙂

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