What it Takes to be a V Intern (By a V Intern)

What it Takes to be a V Intern (By a V Intern)

V is currently on the hunt for creative, clued-up students to become editorial interns for the Fall semester. Here, departing intern Grace Walker shares her experience working at the magazine, and shoots you tips on how to apply

V is currently on the hunt for creative, clued-up students to become editorial interns for the Fall semester. Here, departing intern Grace Walker shares her experience working at the magazine, and shoots you tips on how to apply

Text: Grace Walker

It’s my final day as an editorial intern at V, and with that sudden realization comes an overbearing wave of reflection. Quite aptly, I've been asked to summarize what it means to be an intern, what you'll learn, how to apply, and most importantly, all the wonderful things you'll take away from it. And after such a whirlwind of a summer working across digital and print in the New York office, there's a lot of information I have to fire at you fall hopefuls.

It may go without saying, but at V, interns play an essential part of the team. Whether it's writing original content for the websites, doing research for a story, transcribing an interview, or simply navigating the streets of SoHo running an errand, the culture is fast-paced, creative and always unpredictable. As you’d expect, with such extensively rich content comes a constant stream of behind-the-scenes work. If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like behind the doors of 11 Mercer and, even better, are considering applying for an internship this fall, I'm here to paint the most realistic picture possible.

First and foremost, a V intern must be fashion savvy. Of course, the point of any internship is to learn the ropes of the industry, so you won’t be expected to be a Chanel-wearing couture junkie just yet (although, if that’s your thing, go for it). Instead, you’ll be engaged in art, design, and what's new and fresh—curious and keen to expand your knowledge. One of the first things I noticed about the magazine is how different sections overlap: fashion is art is music.

But along with artistic interest comes space for your own, unique creativity to flourish. Obviously, an editorial internship is rooted in producing fresh content, but you’ll get the opportunity to mould your skills to a certain area. For example, a month into my internship I realized I was most engaged when writing culture and opinion pieces. At the same time, the other interns all sculpted their own path: one discovered fashion was her beat, and another, beauty. Another intern, who has made social media her chosen focus, is now producing videos with Instagram influencers and models on a weekly basis (you can check the most recent one out here). So, what I’m getting at is, you should have a speciality area in mind—because your editors will encourage you to constantly pitch stories and push progress with your ideas. That said, if you don't know what you enjoy writing about, don't worry; you can figure it out as you go. And specializing in one area doesn’t mean you won’t simultaneously be immersed in every other area of digital: music, fashion and culture news forms the site’s daily content, so as a contributor, you’ll get a little taste of everything.

Another point I’ll add (and I’m going to withhold from sugarcoating anything here), is that the hours are long—but, admittedly, that’s true for any high-fashion magazine in New York. Today we’re closing the September issues of both V and VMAN, and while everything is finally coming together aesthetically, there is an omnipresent adrenaline running through the veins of the office. Credits need to be checked, and double checked, photography needs to be finalized and by the end of the day, the final plan of each issue will be sent to print. As interns, our responsibility on a day like today is ensuing the boards and binders are printed correctly for review. You’ll need to be highly detail-orientated and be able to thrive under a little pressure. On top of print responsibilities, you’ll be set daily deadlines for digital content. However, don’t let this put you off! Speaking from experience, you’ll quickly speed up your process whilst gradually attuning your writing to V’s voice.

Work-specific tasks aside, I’ll leave you with this: I came to V with some basic school-based editorial experience and, three months later, I’m leaving as a confident fashion and culture writer. The experience and exposure you’ll get interning at V are unparalleled, and if you want to be in an encouraging, fast-paced  environment every day, there’s truly no place better. While it's definitely tiring work, all the mayhem is still a dream come true and take my word, it'll surpass all expectation.

If you think you'd be up to the challenge (and want to work at the chicest place in New York) send a cover letter and resume to [email protected] Note: only those eligible for school credit may apply.

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