Declare is an online women’s magazine based out of College Station, Texas, but with virtual interns from all over the world. We asked CEO/editor-in-chief LaShanta Green about her experiences working with aspiring publishing pros.
1. What do you look for when you hire an intern?
The interns we look for are those who are driven, goal-oriented self-starters. Things move at such as fast paced in this industry, so we have to have interns with those qualities. Also, being that Declare Magazine is a startup, our interns must have a lot of patience. There are days where we have several things that need to be taken care of at once. As a result, we have to have trust in our interns to take initiative to get assignments done with little supervision. Our positions are virtual, but the experience and expectations for our interns are very much real. We have interns scattered across the globe who work from the comfort of home. Therefore, we only want people we can depend on to be a part of the Declare team.
2. How did you get started in the industry? How can I get started?
I have always been a major fan of magazines and online media. Therefore, I was inspired to create a platform that combined the two. Declare Magazine brings an innovative and fresh approach to online publication in the digital world. Our goal is to exceed the expectations of our readers by offering content that is both relevant and relatable. With extensive topics ranging from health to Hollywood, fashion to finances, education to entertainment and everything in between, we aspire to be a trusted source for readers.
I started off by doing lots of research to figure out what it was I felt was missing that made me want to create my own site. I realized starting Declare I wanted something which featured a wide variety of writers from different backgrounds who had different stories to tell.
3. What is the future of your industry?
The great thing about this industry is the endless opportunities that lie ahead in the future. More and more people are starting to become dependent on the Web and use it as a form of entertainment. With smartphones and tablets, people are constantly connected and want to know what is going on at all times. Declare has many projects in the works, and we cannot wait to show the World Wide Web what we have to offer!
4. What is one main thing an intern can do to make a favorable impression? To make a negative impression?
I would say it is very important to be creative and go above and beyond. Don’t be afraid to take a chance, or you might just miss your chance. It can be easy to find people who can follow directions, but it is much harder to find someone who is always thinking outside of the boss and the box. It is important to take ownership in everything that you do. If you have an idea you think is worthwhile, don’t be afraid to speak up. If your idea gets turned down, don’t let that turn you off from continuing to throw ideas out there. Ask for suggestions on how to improve your idea or how to make it more feasible. Whatever you do, never give up on your ideas.
As far as a negative impression, I would say it would be doing the opposite. Yes, there are times where you must simply follow directions. However, just doing what it takes to “get by” isn’t something that will make you memorable.
5. Give us a positive intern story? An intern horror story?
Declare is so lucky to have so many great interns. They each have very entrepreneurial sprits and have really taken ownership of their duties. We have one intern who always takes out time during the week to email ideas she thinks would help benefit the site and even explains how. It is wonderful to see someone go above and beyond and take ownership.
Horror story? Once, an aspiring intern turned in a sample writing piece that left little desire for us to offer her an intern position. While we normally would have been impressed by the effort the content showed, her sample writing discussed how she hated working in groups and taking directions from others. The sad thing is, she made it very obvious that it was a true story. Sadly, there was not a position for this candidate at Declare.
Want to do an editorial internship for Declare? There are plenty of listings still open on Internships.com.