5 Questions. 5 Minutes. 1 Employer. This week we have Stephanie from Her Campus.
Stephanie is a co-founder and the CEO & Editor-in-Chief of Her Campus Media. As a 2010 graduate of Harvard University she majored in Psychology and minored in Economics. She spent Summer ’09 as an American Society Of Magazine Editors (ASME) intern at SELF magazine at Condé Nast Publications, and Summer ’08 as a Features Intern at Seventeen magazine at the Hearst Corporation. Stephanie was named to Inc. magazine’s 30 Under 30 Coolest Young Entrepreneurs, Glamour magazine’s 20 Amazing Young Women, and The Boston Globe’s 25 Most Stylish Bostonians.
1. What do you look for when you hire an intern?
We look for candidates who are hardworking, reliable, detail-oriented, professional, creative, quick-learners, and who are passionate about Her Campus’s mission.
2. How did you get started in the industry? How can a student today get started?
My co-founders and I launched Her Campus while we were still undergrads in college! We had all held related internships beforehand, but this was our first real job for each of us. We had gained experience via college extracurriculars and summer internships, but mostly we just learn as we go and get advice from everyone we can. To get started as a student,I think it’s important to be actively involved on campus in activities that interest you,to pursue summer internships in industries you think you might want to go into, and to just network with and talk to as many people as possible. It’s also important to always be reading the news- both national news and news specific to your chosen industry- so that you’re completely in the loop on what’s going on at all times.
3. What is the future of your industry?
I think the future of media is online. With Her Campus, we’re providing a model for how an online magazine can be profitable. Being online allows you to individualize content and to be much more responsive to what your readers want and care about. I think the business model for online media is going to keep evolving, but I think there are a lot of creative things you can do by combining online and offline channels, and by targeting at the local level.
4. What is one main thing an intern can do to make a favorable impression? To make a negative impression?
An intern can make a favorable impression by always asking if they can help you with anything else and by always being willing to go above and beyond just what is being asked of them. An intern can make a negative impression by being careless with her work and not upholding the integrity of the brand.
5. What is your favorite positive intern story? Your favorite intern horror story?
Positive intern story: Just this week, an advertiser told us they wanted to buy a sponsored blog post from us but it would need to be posted by 10am the next morning (they told us this at 9pm at night). I texted one of my interns to ask if she could get it done (we don’t start work until 10am), and by midnight she had the post written and uploaded. I was wowed.
Intern horror story: This girl was a prospective intern and luckily never became an actual intern with us. On the day of her interview, she called ten minutes after her interview was supposed to begin to let us know she was lost and to ask where she could park at our building. She did not apologize for being late, and obviously did not call in advance to let us know she was running late. When she finally arrived, we asked her what time her interview had been scheduled for and why she was running late, and she slammed the door in our face and walked out. She then sent us an angry email from her BlackBerry a few minutes later. Lesson: Don’t arrive at an interview late, but if you do, apologize!
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