Intern Intel

Posted by on Aug 17, 2010 in Uncategorized

The day after graduation from the University of Delaware, I packed up my 1996 Honda Accord and drove out to Albuquerque with intention of spending the next two years soaking up as much information as I could. Although learning is often synonymous with education, I moved to the Land of Enchantment not just to obtain my masters degree from UNM, but also with the hopes of learning more about myself and my career interests—editing and publishing.

When I received an email from ATM editor, Jenna Frosch, saying that they were looking for more publishing interns, I knew that my goal to learn more about the fast-paced editorial industry was finally beginning to pan out.

When I told my friends back home that I was ATM’s new editorial intern, they chuckled and said, “You better learn how to use the coffee maker!” This being my third official day at ATM, I quickly learned that, although the title “editorial intern” does involve a personal, daily trip to the Keurig machine in the conference room, I am no glorified coffee fetcher.

My first experiences with ATM have included: writing my first “Favorite Things Friday” blog, actually attending the 4th Annual Ballet Pro Musica Festival (which I learned about while writing my “Favorite Things Friday” blog), hanging out the window of my car searching for new Passenger Window ideas, trying out different restaurants in our Bites section (based on a recommendation from a friend, Ryan, I tried the Cider and Cobb Sandwich at Two Fools Tavern and LOVED it), archiving old magazines to ensure that ATM doesn’t feature the same thing twice, and searching for the perfect dress to wear to The 7th Annual Albuquerque Hot Singles Party.

Hardly the stereotypic coffee-delivering intern!

Already, working for ATM has allowed me to begin discovering a city that was previously foreign to me. The casual, yet professional work setting allows me to feel like my co-workers (who were strangers only a week ago) are now my mentors and friends. Being an ATM intern may be a lot of work but the end result is worth it—valuable work and life experience.

While I’m just getting started on the intern track, there’re lots more to learn and see in Albuquerque. What are some ways YOU recommend to get involved in the city’s lifestyle?