There’s nothing that makes Ed happier than Trust Fund season, since he gets to hand out cash to one lucky unpaid intern each semester. This month’s winner is Allison Berry, who snagged her first internship at Parents this fall and is already making moves! Learn what got her noticed, and why she’s a name to watch!
How did you decide you wanted to work in magazines?
Allison: Ready to hear something cheesy? When I was 14 years old, the movie 13 Going on 30 was out in theaters, and I went to see it with some friends. I remember watching Jennifer Garner on screen in her chic office and seeing everybody buzzing around the office, and I just thought it was the absolute best thing. That was the same year I got to work on my middle school’s end-of-the-year newspaper, and I learned how fun it was to make page layouts, work with photos, and write things for other people to read and enjoy. Ever since then I knew I had a passion about getting into this industry.
How did you get your internship at Parents,and is it living up to your expectations of what it’s like to work in the magazine industry?
A: I got very lucky landing this internship! I started the Indiana University chapter of Ed on Campus (go Hoosiers!) and we teamed up with the journalism school to host a panel of magazine editors on campus. During a dinner with the panelists beforehand, I weaseled my way into sitting next to Ed’s founder, Chandra Turner, to try and make an impression. When it came time for the panel, Chandra was speaking and mentioned that she was still looking for two spring interns. I e-mailed her the very next day to ask about applying, and she emailed back to ask for my resume and to schedule an interview. Less than a week later I was offered the position!
Aside from Parents, of course, what magazines are your must-reads?
A: I’m very into women’s interest magazines, so I love Glamour, Vogue, Lucky, Seventeen, and so many others. I’ll typically pick up a new magazine every time I’m in line at the drug store. My mom has also gotten me to read lifestyles magazines like Country Living, Southern Living, All You, and more Martha Stewart magazines than I can remember!
What about your Trust Fund application do you think made you stand out from the rest of the applicants?
A: I wasn’t afraid to put some humor in my essay and really show them my personality, and I think that may have helped them see that I was the type of applicant they were looking for. I’d love to say that I’m going on a shopping spree on Fashion Avenue, but truthfully the money is going into my bank account to pay for groceries and metro cards for the rest of the semester.
Any advice for other college students trying to land a big-time internship like you have?
A: Be persistent! E-mail editors, try to set up informational interviews, and just get your name out there. I never would have gotten this internship if I didn’t get to know Chandra directly and let her know that I was very interested in getting into this industry.
And what about living in New York? How do you make it work?
A: It helped that I always knew I wanted to get an internship in New York City, so most of the things I’ve had to deal with (living in a small space, the high cost of living) haven’t come as a surprise.
Five years from now…where do you see yourself?
A: Definitely in New York, hopefully with a slightly bigger closet and a paying gig at a magazine!