AARP the Magazine

18 06 2007

In the summer of 2005, I scored the highest regarded internship for Journalism students. The American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) runs an annual internship program in NYC and DC. My mom’s sorority friend Gail Herrington, recommended that I work towards this one internship if I wanted to make it in the magazine business. (Gail is now the Editor in Chief at United’s Spirit Magazine).

So that’s what I did. Straight A’s until the day I got “the call” that I was accepted. “Which would be your top choice magazines?” they asked. I thought, maybe Playboy, or National Geo Travel, or even Smithsonian. But I got AARP.

It turned out to be one of the best professional experiences of my life. Not only did I get paid (well), I got to write and edit a lot. My summer’s project was “fixing” an 8,000 word story. Basically, I re-interviewed and rewrote the story that had not been up to our editors satisfaction. My name is on it, at the very end. But I know that this story was mine.