Seventeen Magazine

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Photo Internship, New York, NY

Some internships feel like just another stressful stepping stone on the journey to being #employed. This is not the case with Seventeen Magazine. The hip magazine offers a ton of internship positions that vary greatly by department, and one of the best positions is photo interning. The skills and experience accessible here are just what you need, whether you know it or not. Who knew you could advance your editing skills while bumping into celebrities?

What it’s actually like

According to current intern Jacqueline Justice, being a photo intern for Seventeen is like a blast from the past. “It was a bit like reliving preteen years. As a 20-year-old now, it’s hard to relate to this generation who cares so much about “Finstagrams” and stalking YouTube stars,” Justice said.

Cool Stuff You Get To Do

Let’s just say you’ll be in good company. “Out of nowhere a random celebrity [may walk] in the door and you’ll realize the beauty in working at such a well-connected and respected company,” Justice said. If that’s not enough to sway you, take note of the freebie table, which leaves former TV props and samples from amazing brands up for grabs. Justice said, “My favorite is when food companies send samples. Did you know they make quinoa chocolate and it’s actually good?”

What You’ll Learn

You’ll learn the ropes of photo shoots, finalizing images and attributing photo credit. “On a larger scale, I got to sit in some of the editorial meetings and learn how they pick topics for articles,” Justice said. You also see the magazine industry as a whole, learning how to land a job, what kind of work is available and what the work hours feel like.

How to Prepare Your Application

“Show attention to detail and personal flair. Flaunt your skills that are related,” Justice said. Even if you haven’t had that much experience with the kind of work you’re seeking, display enthusiasm your potential employers will find refreshing. “Going above and beyond is encouraged — they’re only going to be impressed with your efforts,” Justice said.

Skills That Impress Them

“One thing I would recommend is taking clear initiative with the opportunities you are given. Many interns I work with have their own personal creative projects, like a style blog or photography business,” Justice said. Improving your skills outside the workplace is the perfect way to prepare for a career that asks you to be confident in your creativity.

Cool Perks

You’ll be able to network like never before. “Heart Corporation owns hundreds of magazines, newspapers, television networks, and more. The connections you can make while working here are unparalleled,” Justice said.

The Deets

27 hours or 3 days a week

Unpaid but college credit available

Email the photo director your resume, cover letter and portfolio. You’ll then have an interview and a creative project assignment.

Were you a Seventeen intern? Share your internship experience in the comments below.


Need Interns?

Submit your internship opportunity here.

A Media Studies and Music major at the University of Virginia, Hannah loves creative endeavors. She marches to the beat of her own drum. Literally.

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