The Internet is truly the gift that keeps on giving. Now, in a break from our regularly scheduled programming, we present to you…
Charlsie the Intern: The Musical.
Truth be told, we sort of feel bad for the girl. She seems nice enough, if a bit naive, but what college junior isn’t? In fact, she has expressed a distaste for all things fake:
Then what the hell are you doing with Julia Allison, girl?
But we digress. Here is how Charlsie’s tale begins:
My name is Charlsie ****** ******* and I want to be your next intern. I am determined to intern for NonSociety because quite frankly, I admire all three of you as strong and determined women in today’s media and society. And to be even more honest – I want my life to be close to what you all have when I graduate college!
This past summer I was an intern for feminist authors and owners of the speaker’s bureau, Soapbox Inc., Jennifer Baumgardner and Amy Richards in New York City, along with interning at CUNY’s Feminist Press. Although my internship experience exists mainly through feminism, I want to broaden my horizons and work in the field of media. I am an English major dedicated to writing, creatively and as a journalist. The world of pop culture fascinates me, and I want to jump into this area as much as I possibly can.
Currently, I am a rising junior at Hollins University (a small all women’s college in Roanoke, Virginia). My university has a program in January called J-Term where I can go on a trip abroad, work as an intern somewhere, or take one class on campus outside of my major. Originally my plan was to go abroad for the month, but after reading about interning for NonSociety, that is all I would like to do. Seriously, I cannot think of a better intern opportunity for me! I cannot think of a better way to spend my January short-term.
Why would I be a perfect intern for NonSociety? I am familiar with the city of Manhattan after this past summer, and my flexibility and eagerness to work will always be available to all of you. I am very passionate and enthusiastic about all I do, and once I become a part of a project or get assigned a task, I won’t stop until it is done perfectly. I plan to plan, meaning that I am always planning and organizing anything in my path. Organizing events is easy as pie. Want your wardrobe arranged? I can do that too. Need some phone calls made? My communication skills serve me well; I am professional and tactful. My ability to catch onto new things helps me in any situation; I can get past any obstacle. I am 100% responsible for my education, and being so responsible and dedicated to achieving the most out of my college experience, I can assure you that I take any job seriously.
Now why would I really be the most fabulous intern for you during the month of January? I seriously will do anything. I will walk 41 blocks in the pouring rain wearing brand new Nine West flats that cut the backs of my feet and give me blisters that bleed more and more with every block I walk all while carrying an umbrella, a ten pound red and yellow basket filled with books that clashes with my outfit, and a $200 vase of flowers if you tell me to (I’ve already done this, and somehow survived). I will fetch Sugar Sweet Sunshine or Magnolia cupcakes for Julia, on command. And match each cupcake she eats with one for myself, of course. I will amuse you with my college stories that somehow scare everyone else I know – including those in college. I will give my honest opinion, and probably make you laugh by doing so. I will perform any pop song at the drop of a hat and endorse all lipdubs, especially those of the Disney kind. I am a professional animal sitter, so Lilly and Mason would be fine; I babysat Gloria Steinem’s diabetic cat, Galahad, for a week while house sitting for her. I can talk anyone into doing anything, including exchanging a six year old MacKenzie Child’s goblet for a newer water glass. I would be comfortable being in front of the camera, and I would have no problem completing any silly task while filming. Not only am I responsible and dependable, but I am an optimist who believes the glass is always filled to the top. Interning for NonSociety would be an amazing opportunity for me, and I would love to help you all out while getting a peek into the world of all things media.
I understand you are looking for someone long term, but for the month of January, I promise to be the best darn intern ever. And maybe, if you like me enough, I could come back for the summer. You will not be let down.
Eager & enthusiastic,
Charlsie *******I wrote this back in July or August, hoping that I could get an internship with NonSociety. They told me they wanted someone long-term. I got an internship with CosmoGirl instead. And then the economy killed it. But isn’t it funny how things work out?
Yes, it is funny, Charlsie. Here’s what she’s been up to as Julia Allison’s personal slave:
- Before the meeting began, Julia gave me some tasks to do. I am going to look into starting an internet store with NonSociety merchandise, as well as starting to collect the demographics of NonSociety’s readers. I have found the actual intern-esque tasks to be pretty interesting, so getting more tasks doesn’t bother me at all, really.
- NBC is starting what Gawker deemed it as “a female-foucsed quasi-marketing agency,” which will be featuring 22 women from Meredith Vieira to Tori Spelling. Of course, NonSociety wants in on this because they have taught classes on this kinda stuff before through Unilever, A&E executives, Microsoft, and MIT’s Sloan School of Business. So, I spent a good bit of the day trying to contact someone at NBC who could direct me to a contact #/e-mail for this panel. I had no luck, so I e-mailed the NonSociety producer, Megan Alagna, and she ended up finding it for me because she apparently knows e-mail tricks that I do not know in my young intern age. However, I want to learn them because they will not only serve me well in my life, but as an intern elsewhere one day, too. Tomorrow morning, I am drafting a letter for NBC and they will be sending it out. Lovely.
- Earlier this week I sent an e-mail to this headband maker that Julia likes, L Erickson bow headbands, and they e-mailed me back saying they would love for her to wear their headbands. Thank God. I was nervous that we weren’t going to hear anything back. I still have a couple more e-mails to send out for those. I seriously cannot believe how much free stuff is sent out to
editors, writers, celebrities. It’s all about marketing yourself to their advantage, and I’m amazed by how easy it is and how smart it is.
- Other intern duties today involved me booking Julia a bus ticket down for the inauguration (she has 2 tickets because she used to work as an intern, I believe, on Capital Hill when she went to Georgetown) from New York City to D.C. Apparently she is flying from D.C. to San Francisco, so I think she may be gone for the majority of next week.
- The moderation of Question of the Day may be one of the most annoying yet addicting things. People write the craziest things, and then I delete it. And then they write it again. And then I repeat deletion. It’s an on-going circle. I kinda hate it, but I kinda love it at the same time.
- What have I been doing on this Monday? Searching for the most premiere matchmakers in all of Manhattan, of course. Julia is doing her column for Time Out New York on matchmakers. She is going through three different matchmakers and going on a date with a guy that each matchmaker picked. Three dates, one week – all set up by three different matchmakers. Julia needed me to find the last (and I still may need to find another one because one of them is being less than flexible) one, and luckily, I found this woman who was very enthusiastic and eager to work with us.
- I also looked into some brands that Julia is interested in using for TMIWeekly and in photoshoots, such as specific headband and bow makers, Juicy Couture, and e.vil horoscope t-shirts. The usual took place too: moderation, e-mails, and drum roll please…I finished the list of 300+ Questions of the Day. I can’t believe I was able to come up with that many questions!
- Julia forgot her business cards, so I saved the day and went to her apartment and sent them overnight. She’ll get them tomorrow. Even though Julia and crew are in Las Vegas for the CES conferece, I have had so much work that it has all worked out. Not bored. Not lingering with thoughts of ‘what am I doing at this internship.’ It has worked out beautifully.
- I returned stuff to MAC today, Laura Mercier, and I attempted to return at Betsey Johnson, but they do not take back accessories. I woke up this morning with a terrible cold, and it has pretty much dragged me down all day.
- This morning, I went to pick up a metallic gold dress by Jill Stuart from Julia’s doorman. Then I went down to the store in SoHo and exchanged the size to something smaller. The lady on the phone gave me a hard time, but luckily, once I explained that it was for Julia and that the head of PR for Jill Stuart approved it, she changed her attitude.
- I also have to complete book requests (which I did before at my old internship), keep track of the products NonSociety uses and send thank-you follow ups, become a liaison with companies, help make the press kit, start a demographic survey, orangize reader/fan e-mails, and run errands.
- This is actually the list of things I need to do while Julia is away, on top of all the other work I have like creating an internet store, e-mail companies about their brands, seeing about getting tickets to the premiere of Confessions of a Shopaholic for NonSociety, etc.
- This morning I got a phone call from Julia telling me that she left her purse in a towncar last night, so I called around D.C. trying to find out if anyone turned it in. Luckily, about an hour after she called me, someone returned it to her. I guess good people do exist in the world.
- This morning, Julia e-mailed me and asked me to pick up one of her headbands from Time Out New York, which is where she writes her column. She also asked me to print all the biographies of every single speaker at the Digital, Design, Life conference in Munich, Germany. I had to do all of this by 1pm, which was not enough time, especially with the printing of the speaker biographies. I kept calling Julia to explain the situation with the speaker biographies, but I couldn’t get in touch with her.
It’s all been worth it, though:
I text Julia and asked what a good restaurant would be for Dillon and I to eat on our last night. She told me to call Aquagrill in SoHo, and ask for Carrie and let her know I was Julia’s intern. We ended up getting a table for two at 9:30pm. Perfect.
The food was absolutely amazing. Our waitor treated Dillon and I like complete crap until Carrie, who I am guessing is the manager, came over and introduced herself to me and said she was so happy to meet me. We talked about Julia and she was very, very nice. After that, the waitor changed his service and attitude. I hate that pretentiousness, and this restaurant has pretentious written all over it. However, it was so good.
Charlsie is on her way, thanks to the Julia Allison School of Journalism:
I have decided that having a press kit, articles about you in the New York and LA Times, and a column in a well known magazine can get you far…far enough to get free stuff, which I think, is good enough for me. Being able to see the behind the scenes of journalism today is very interesting because there is a lot of extra work that goes into it. Writing articles and being a “writer” is one thing, but if you want to be a little more established than the rest, there is a lot of work to do such as turning yourself into an image/brand and keeping up with the latest and greatest in the fields that appeal to you.
Sigh. There is so much more, including a particularly fascinating post about us, the haters, but really, this sort of makes us sad. So we leave it to you to dig through the sludge. Be sure to share your favorites here.