Subject: Meet Eugene, Journalism student at NYU
How old are you?
Where are you from?
I'm now based in New York City but I was originally from Metro Manila in the Philippines.
Do you study?
I'm currently a journalism graduate student at New York University.
Where have you interned?
Accessories Magazine, which is a fashion trade publication that comes in both print and online formats. Prior to that, I was a full-time lifestyle and fashion reporter for the Manila Bulletin, a major newspaper back in the Philippines.
What's been your best intern moment?
I've had many good experiences in my internship at Accessories Magazine but to be specific, I can give you two unforgettable moments. The first one was when my editors let me attend some events during New York Fashion Week for the Fall and Winter 2016 collections. As a whole, it felt surreal, because I only used to read news about New York Fashion Week and in a snap, I went from an online spectator to an actual participant. It was really great to see the collections in person and to get to feel the buzz firsthand.
The second one is definitely when I met Martha Stewart in person. It was at a party for Hanro of Switzerland in the city's Meatpacking District. At first, I wasn't sure if it was really her, so I asked her what her name was, and she was gracious enough to say her name. It was then when it hit me that, "Oh my God, it's Martha Stewart in real life!" Now, I'm not a fan, but I figured that it's not every day that you meet one of the world's famous homemaking gurus, so I did what I had to do: have a picture taken with her.
What's been your worst intern moment?
I really don't recall having a "worst" intern moment, seriously. Of course, being a fashion magazine intern has its ups and downs. It's not always glamorous. If you want to intern in the fashion industry, be prepared to also do a lot of errands whether you like them or not, such as returning borrowed samples and products used in a photoshoot to their respective showrooms after. They come as part of your training, and they can help you develop a maturer perspective about working in fashion professionally.
Where do you go to look for internships?
LinkedIn is good for starters. You may also check the website of the company you want to intern in and look at their contact details. Initially, you can try to call and see if an operator can link you up with the company's HR department, or give you a contact person and email address for reference. If you're currently in school, it also helps if you ask if your university has a career services department. Sign up for their email alerts or newsletters if you can, because they usually send out blasts about internships and possible job openings, and these usually come with a reference person you can get in touch with.
What piece of information would you have liked to have known before starting out your internship?
I wish I knew that I would love it so much! That aside, on a more serious note, I think every aspiring intern should know beforehand that getting an internship is always a humbling experience, that it's not about gaining bragging rights just because you got into something prestigious. It's a good way to get real life work experience, and if you're lucky, your supervisors and mentors will also give you some valuable, practical advice on how you can establish a career of your own. They can even refer you to a job opening!
What are you currently doing?
I'm still interning at Accessories Magazine, and as of this writing, New York Fashion Week Spring 2017 is just around the corner, so I'm wondering if my editors will assign me to go to some shows again. Other than interning, I'm also preparing my mind for lots of schoolwork this fall. I think I'm going to be busy sooner than I expected!
What's your career goal?
My career goal is to be a fashion journalist and style editor based in New York City.
Where can people find you?
Instagram and Twitter: @eugeneysantos