CityStyle chats with Devin Alessio, Johns Hopkins student and intern extraordinaire, about her experience at the largest teen fashion magazine in the nation.
To any magazine editor hopeful out there, walking into the doors of the Hearst Tower everyday for work is a dream come true. For Johns Hopkins senior, New Jersey native, fashionista, and Hunger Games aficionado, Devin Alessio, this dream is her reality! City Style made its way up from the UES and DC to sit down with Devin and to chat about how she landed an internship at Seventeen, tips on becoming an intern, her daily duties, and her fall clothing must-haves!
Road To Seventeen!
Devin had an internship at the Baltimore based tween magazine, Girl’s Life. GL was an amazing opportunity for Devin, as it gave her hands-on experience at a publication and opened major doors for her. During her time at GL, she met a woman who also worked at Seventeen. This woman helped her land an internship the following summer at Seventeen . Devin loved being at Seventeen so much and refused to be forgotten by her editors. She kept up with them via email throughout the school year just to keep her foot in the door. When it came time to find an internship for this summer, naturally, Devin went to Seventeen. Her tip: never take no for an answer!
Tips on becoming an Intern
Devin said that it is important to be persistent in order to achieve your goals and encouraged us to become involved with things we are passionate about, whether it is writing for our school newspaper or working on the yearbook. In high school, Devin was lucky enough to find a job at her local newspaper. Devin was persistent and called the paper quite frequently, until there was a job available for her. You go girl! Devin stresses the importance of applying for jobs at places you can really see yourself working. For Devin, Seventeen was her first choice because she “really believed in the magazine.” She was so passionate about Seventeen’s Body Peace initiative and really wanted to be a part of it.
Due to the rising use of social media, Devin tells us it is helpful to know how to use HTML. Ladies and gents: get your books out, HTML is the texting language of the online world! And her tip on how to have a successful blog: integrating photos and videos into your posts to show your readers that you have a good eye when it comes to style.
Day In The Life of a Seventeen Intern
Devin arrives at the amazing Hearst Tower for work every morning at 10:30 am. Her day begins with collecting story ideas from other media websites that she thinks would appeal to the seventeen.com audience, and then sends those ideas to her editors. “I like to get to work early and stay late. I can’t leave unless the job is done” she tells us. Currently, a major project she is working on is the Real Girl’s Guide to Back to School Style. Devin scoured Instagram to find the best teen style, then reached out to 50 girls whose photographs would be featured on the website (CityStyle blogger, Jordan, will be featured in this!). So, if you are in need of back-to-school inspiration, check out seventeen.com to see the latest on how to look amazing for the first day!
Perks of her job include rubbing shoulders with celebs in the office, reading the magazine before it goes to print, and getting a sneak peak at all the amazing fashion. Devin says the best thing about working at Seventeen is her freedom to write about what she is interested in and being surrounded by amazing people. Most recently, editor-in-chief, Ann Shoket and publisher, Jayne Jamison, treated all of Seventeen’sinterns to Crumbs cupcakes and sat down with them for a Q & A session. Ann shared with the interns the importance of connecting with readers and how she chooses to catch cabs rather than take the subway specifically so she can spend those few extra minutes above ground tweeting, instagraming, and facebooking herSeventeen readers. Love her!
Fall Clothing Must-Haves
- Moto jackets (they’re wearing ’em in Italy!)
- Wedge sneakers
- Ear Cuffs – lets head to Top Shop, ladies!
- Distressed denim
- The 90’s are back!
Thanks Devin for letting us talk to you!
Follow her on Twitter and Insta: @devinissima
CityStyle besties in front of Hearst Tower.
Thanks for meeting with us Devin!
(This article was written by Adrien Lesser. To contact her please email email@example.com)