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I’ve noticed that, whenever a post mentions being an intern for Lovelyish, it gets a decent amount of comments asking about said internship. At the same time, I don’t think anyone’s ever explained how to apply and what we actually do here. So, for my last post as a Lovelyish intern (*sniffle*), I’ve decided to pass along some wisdom on how you can take over the spot I’m vacating. And, of course, why you’d want to! Because you totally should; who wouldn’t want to be a part of the great-looking group in that picture?
I was a member of Xanga for a super long time (like, since middle school), so Lovelyish has always been a part of my vocabulary. I’d seen posts titled “Meet the Intern!” (which, uh, I can’t find now, so don’t quote me on this one), and when it came time to find something to do this summer, I figured I’d give it a shot. But I had no idea where to begin; there are no “interns wanted” signs on the home page! I ended up Googling “intern for Xanga,” and it brought me to Ed2010.com. I later realized that all the same info is under the “About” tab here on Lovelyish.
If you’re interested in writing, I highly recommend that you apply, even if you aren’t particularly interested in beauty, fashion, and/or celebrities. Here’s why!
1. You don’t have to write about beauty, fashion, and/or celebrities. Unless, of course, you want to. I wouldn’t call myself particularly stylish, and I rarely wear makeup, yet here I am. I’ve written about everything from books to TV shows to traveling to my hair, got to interview Vanessa Carlton, and spent a solid week writing about nothing but Harry Potter. Was that the most awesome week ever? Um, YES.
2. Is Lovelyish not what you want to see? Change it! Readers complain that Lovelyish is too shallow, or girly, or whatever the word du jour is. If you’re an intern, you are required to write a minimum of eight posts per week. You can do whatever you want with your posts. If you want Lovelyish to tackle bigger issues, you can be the one to do it.
3. It builds your portfolio. Like I said, at least eight posts a week. Think about how much writing that is after the three months is up.
4. You hone your skills. I definitely feel like I’ve matured as a writer during my time here. I’ve found a distinct voice for myself and have learned how to write for an audience. Not only that, but interns edit reader submitted posts as well. This catered to my inner grammar nazi, and taught me how to spot relevant posts that will get conversations going.
5. Flexibility! Interns have to work a minimum of 15 hours a week for three months. But beyond that, how you schedule yourself is entirely up to you. I worked a little chunk each day to make being creative easier on myself, but if you want to work two 7 1/2 hour days, there’s nothing stopping you. If you want to work at two in the morning, by all means, go ahead. The Xanga office is in NYC, so if you’re local, you can work out of the office or from your bed at home. Seriously, it’s a sweet deal.
6. Everyone here is awesome. And this isn’t me sucking up! I went into the office maybe four or five times this summer, and everyone I met was absolutely awesome. You couldn’t ask for a more quality group of people to work with. Of course, interns come and go, so this could feasibly change, but let’s assume it won’t. After all, Lovelies are lovely!
7. Each intern that leaves is bummed about it. I think that’s a pretty good indication of how good an internship is, yes? A good chunk of us summer interns have left this week, and it’s been downright depressing.
Oh, and we get free stuff! I somehow missed out on all of it, so I couldn’t really include it in the list, but it does happen! I think I missed the Essie giveaway by like a day, which was rather unfortunate.
The one down side? The internship is unpaid. But you can do it for school credit, and @Eugenia’s been known to treat the team to lunch every now and then.
Well, that’s it for me (for now). I had an amazing time writing for you guys this summer, and I really hope to see some of you as interns in the future!