During her summer internship at People Magazine, Rebecca Sloane ’17 interviewed several sports and musical giants such as Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks, Megan Rapinoe of the U.S. Women’s soccer team, actor Corbin Bleu, musical artist 50 Cent and Olympic gold medal swimmer Missy Franklin.
“I was so surprised and flattered that they offered me the internship in the first place, and of course I jumped at the opportunity to explore my academic field with such a popular brand, especially in New York City,” says Sloane, noting that People Magazine, owned by Time Inc., is one of the largest media brands in the world with the most popular readership of any American magazine.
As a double major in media and society and writing and rhetoric, Sloane was able to take the skills she has been fostering over the past three years at HWS and apply them to a real-world experience at the magazine. “All of the work I did this summer was directly related to my academic experience at the Colleges and certainly paved the way to a promising future!”
As one of four editorial interns for the magazine this summer, Sloane found herself thrown into a fast-paced and competitive environment where she was challenged to find her own work through various editors and beats she found of interest.
The majority of Sloane’s internship was dedicated to writing stories for the website, conducting interviews with celebrities and athletes, assisting in Olympics coverage and being featured in the print magazine multiple times.
“If we wanted to get involved in something, our supervisor encouraged us to reach out to that particular editor,” she explains. “I emailed the sports editor, who told me they were short-staffed on Olympics coverage and began looping me in with the team almost immediately.”
Sloane was asked to stay on for an extra week past her internship end date to help the editorial team during the first week of the Olympic games. She says she is still shocked about her unbelievable experience.
“I was so fortunate to work with a great team of people, and even meet and talk to some incredible celebrities and athletes,” she says.
At HWS, Sloane is involved in the HWS Leadership Certificate program and is part of the Writing Colleagues program. She works as a student writer in the Office of Communications.