My Fun, Fearless Photo Internship at Cosmopolitan Magazine 

By Katie Spoleti

After picking up my first issue of Cosmopolitan Magazine when I was 16, page by page I fell in love with the words and images that displayed all types of women free to be who ever they wanted to be. Not only did my love for such a publication grow throughout the years, but my desire to work amongst top editors responsible for crafting the empowering stories that inspired me did as well.

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In November, after countless resume and cover letter revisions, I gained up the courage to send over my application for a spring internship with Cosmopolitan. Of course I had no expectations of hearing back within the week (or at all for that matter), but then something out of this world happened and I received a response within the same day. After two weeks of pinching myself, researching everything down to the smallest detail about the company and going on interviews, I received the best e-mail to date, granting me a dream come true. At the end of that month, I accepted a photography internship with Cosmo and prepared to start what I knew to be one of the most surreal experiences of my life thus far.

As a photo intern, my responsibilities included photo research, working with the team of fabulous photo editors, assisting on photo shoots for the magazine and much, much more. Throughout my time at Cosmo I learned the true power of what a great quality photograph consists of and how to execute a stories meaning through imagery. When I wasn’t researching red carpet/street style pictures of celebrities for fashion spreads or compiling contact sheets for the Culture Crush and Fun, Fearless, Fail pages, I was out scouting locations for shoots, helping the Senior Photo Editor (Hi, Allie!) prop style in the studio and conducting my own mini photo shoots with the other interns. Being a photo intern for Cosmopolitan Magazine was an amazing experience for many reasons but one that I’d have to highlight is that everyone there allowed me to express my creativity, opinions and skills, aiding to the overall production of each issue.
During my five months there, I made connections with some of the most inspiring and dedicated women that I have ever met in my life. The opportunity to be in the presence of people like them alone has been something that I will forever be grateful for. The most amazing feeling that I had while interning at Cosmopolitan came from looking through the pages of each new issue that I helped put together. It was so satisfying to see the images that I found or the spreads that I helped prop style for appear in the issues. I got to work directly on the May Beauty Awards for both Seventeen and Cosmo, assisted on a celebrity cover shoot for Seventeen and even got the back of my head to appear in a beauty story for Cosmo (be sure to look for me in the June 2016 issue)!

Overall, my internship at Cosmopolitan Magazine was one that provided me with the ability to learn about the ever-changing industry of print publications. From my first day there to my last, there was never a dull moment. Interning for Cosmo has been a dream of mine for so long and to be honest I never thought I’d get there. Magazine internships are competitive and when it comes to applying for them it can be really scary. But, my advice for anyone reading this whether you’re like me and want to intern at Cosmo or for any magazine out there, don’t be afraid to put yourself out there. I believe that great things happen to people that aren’t afraid to fail and go about every situation with a positive attitude. When you remember that you are unique and you stay confident in the skills that you have, you can accomplish anything you set your mind to.
Cosmopolitan has been a dream place to intern at and even though I’m sad it’s over, I’m excited to apply all the new knowledge that I have of the industry to any new experience that may come my way. I can’t wait to see what the editors that I have gotten to work so closely with will come up with next and be able to look at a masthead of names that I can now put faces to. They’ve helped me grow in countless way and for that I am more than grateful.

Once a Cosmo girl, always a Cosmo girl.


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