Student snags internship at Cosmo
Take a determined Stephens woman, give her a broad range of experiences related to her career goals, then connect her with a successful alumna. The result? An internship at Cosmopolitan Magazine.
Junior Paula Goldenberg is headed to New York this summer to work at one of the most prestigious, well-known fashion magazine’s in the world. At Cosmopolitan, she expects to research trends, coordinate samples, assist on photo shoots, write and do whatever else is expected of her.
Paula has wanted to work in the fashion and entertainment journalism business, specifically entertainment magazines, since she was 10.
“My mom got a subscription to People and I was like, “I want to do that,’” she said, adding that she chose Stephens because it combined her passions.
Having courses and experiences on campus in a broad range of related fields, such as graphic design and photography, gave her an edge, she said.
But she directly credits Amelia Hoffman, a 2007 alumna and Paula’s mentor in the Full Circle program, which Paula joined as a sophomore. The mentorship experience connects students with alumnae in their chosen career fields.
Hoffman, who worked for Brides magazine, had connections in New York and helped Paula snag interviews at both Cosmopolitan and Seventeen magazines.
Paula headed to the Big Apple during spring break and had the job offer within an hour of meeting a fashion assistant at Cosmo.
“Definitely the alumna connection helped,” she said. “Stephens has such a specialized alumnae network that’s so strong. Stephens is known for alumnae helping students.”
Paula can take much of the credit for getting the gig, though. In addition to selecting a wide range of courses so she can be a “Jill of all trades” (a necessity in this economy, she said), she’s also been willing to work for experience rather than pay. Prior to this summer’s internship, which will count toward Stephens’ internship requirement, she also held an internship position for a start-up designer back in her hometown of Chicago. She spent last semester conducting an internship at the Columbia Daily Tribune, where she worked under Lifestyles Editor Caroline Dohack (who doubles as an adjunct in Stephens College of Fashion & Design).
Although she conducted the interview with Seventeen magazine, too, Paula said she felt at home on the Cosmo floor of the Hearst Corporation building in New York.
That’s where she hopes to return after graduation to pursue her dream of being an entertainment reporter.
“I’m going to be celebrities’ best friend,” she quipped.