What I Learned at SUITCASE Magazine


Entering the office on the first day was probably one of the scariest things of my life, But it was also one of the most exciting. Within three months I had scored an internship at a dream publication, after I had convinced myself that I probably wouldn’t have one this summer.

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But here I stand now in London, a month later, with a completed internship under my belt about ready to come back to the U.S. I’ve learned a lot, had some internal battles, had a few crazy experiences and developed a lot of new skills. Here’s a quick list that doesn’t do the whole experience justice.

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I had the ability to write, edit, pitch and interview.
This definitely isn’t something anyone can say about internships. This wasn’t coffee runs, dress returns and data entry. The team at SUITCASE had trust in me, and that’s something I’ll forever be grateful for. I had a lot of creative freedom as an intern and fine-tuned my writing and editing skills. (Also my UK grammar, which I’m still trying to get the hang of, sorry guys.)

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I can do this.
After sending an embarrassing amount of applications and not getting a single response, I was feeling pretty down about my journalism skills. It also didn’t help that the school I attend isn’t really involved in the lifestyle/fashion/travel/beauty scene of the magazine industry. A lot of my peers were getting internships at newspapers and places that didn’t appeal to me. But after scoring the internship at SUITCASE I realized that this is something I can do, and something I really want to be doing. So takeaway: you don’t have to conform; you can find a way to do WHATEVER it is you love–there aren’t many obstacles that can get in the way if your dreams are big enough.

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