We get a lot of inquiries about how to be a NYLON Intern.
We’re thrilled anyone wants to contribute here, but asking for a job on Facebook or Twitter isn’t a fantastic idea.
(It would be easier for everyone if that were an option, but we can’t just look at your status, think, “Oh, she’s so funny! She has two hundred followers! Let’s hire her immediately!” and find you a desk.)
To dispel the mystique, here’s a handy guide for would-be interns.
(And current NYLON staffers including executive editor Luke Crisell, associate editor Mallory Rice, web editor Liza Darwin, web designer Nick Bloom-Scaglione, editorial assistant Caitlin Smith, and web assistant Ali Hoffman were all former interns here! So yes, we LOVE interns!)
1. Grab a copy of the magazine, or go onto the website. Figure out which department you might want to assist. Find out who runs that department on the masthead. If you have a hard copy of NYLON, our masthead is located in the front section. If you’re more of a digital kid, our masthead is right here.
2. Write whomever you’d like to assist a brief letter telling us who you are, why you’d be a good intern, and when you’ll be available. Then attach your resume.
3. Send the letter to whomever you’d like to assist. You can do it via email. You can do it on paper. (Yes, we do read real mail, especially the features department – they love real mail.)
3a) Our address for real mail is: NYLON Magazine, 110 Greene St. Suite 607, New York, NY 10012. (If you want to intern for the print magazine, including features, music, books, guylon, photo, and bookings, we highly recommend you send a real letter to one of the real editors. This is their preferred way they pick interns. They’re old-school like that.)
3b) Our email address for fashion interns is firstname.lastname@example.org.
3c) Our email address for digital interns is email@example.com
3d) Our email address for marketing, sales, and promotions interns is firstname.lastname@example.org
4. Plan to be in New York City. We wish we had offices everywhere, but unfortunately, we don’t, and even in the age of Skype and Facetime, we need you here, in this very office, to work with you. We will let you know if that changes – and frankly, we’re all hoping that soon, we’ll get an office in Maui, another one in Tokyo, and a third in Costa Rica – preferably on a beach. So far, those plans haven’t been approved, so for now, it’s NYC or bust.
ALSO: FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1) What if I want to intern for your editor-in-chief?
Marvin Scott Jarrett doesn’t have personal interns, and he doesn’t select interns for the magazine (sorry!). Instead, it’s best to target an editor at a specific department for a faster response.
2) I’m in high school. Can I intern for you?
Not yet. You’ve got to be of legal age and a university student to intern for us.
3) What if I want to assist on your Los Angeles cover shoots?
If you’re interested in photo production, we recommend getting an internship at one of the studios where we shoot. Those include Pier 59, Smashbox Studios, 5th and Sunset, and Milk Studios. If you’re interested in celebrity styling, we recommend interning in the fashion department and / or befriending an Olsen.
4) Do interns get paid?
Yes. They get paid in love. (And free makeup and music.)
5) Can I call you about an internship?
You might get frustrated, because we’re often on location for shoots or stories. To make sure you reach us immediately, email or snail mail (which gets delivered to us every day) is best.
6) I have a question that you didn’t answer. You’re lame. What do I do?
Leave it in the comments section and we’ll answer it as best we can.