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'"They said they were and would love to have me interview. Now here I am!'" she says about her lucky break in the internship hunt.
When she first started out this summer, Eloise found herself working with promotions and advertising department of the publication, which meant working on a lot of spreadsheets. "I think I built up my credibility doing those sorts of things,'" she notes. Still, like many interns, she was often frustrated by days spent working on Excel.?'"About a month into the internship I thought I was going to quit because I couldn't handle it'" she reflects, before adding, "but I stuck it out and it is paying off more now."
Hobnobbing with fashionistas is not the not the only plus to her tenure at the magazine. Although the internship is unpaid, she gushes when asked about her favorite part of working for PAPER, "definitely being able to go on photo shoots. They can be few and far between, but since I am taking a minor in Photography and have been studying/teaching it since I was 15 years old, it is great to be involved in the shoots."
?The internship has been a tremendous learning experience for Eloise in most of the usual ways: she's learned a great deal about working in the industry, had some valuable networking opportunities, and built her resume with an impressive array of projects. Still, one very important point stands out. '"I have decided that this is probably not the line of work I want to go into," she states; a monumental lesson for someone who''s concentrating on magazine publishing in college! She knows one thing for sure though: "I hope my internship will be a stepping stone to other great achievements.'"
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