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Creative Writing Major
Jenneke Oostman worked in New York City as an editorial intern at
Travel + Leisure magazine, the world's leading travel magazine with more
than 5 million readers. Her duties included writing blog posts and assisting magazine staff members with interviews and travel research. A veteran traveler, Jenneke has studied abroad in Denmark and also plans to study in India.
Describe your day-to-day experiences.
I worked in the editorial department. The majority of my work consisted of helping the magazine's editors with travel research. However, I also assisted with interviewing, fact-checking, and other miscellaneous tasks, like mailing packages. I was encouraged to write blog posts for Travel + Leisure's blog, too!
How did you learn about this opportunity? Did anyone from Knox play a role?
Marilyn Webb (distinguished professor and chair of journalism at Knox) encouraged me to apply to the American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) internship program. Only 10 percent of ASME applicants are accepted. ASME's 34 interns worked at multiple magazines throughout New York City, Washington D.C., and at ESPN in Bristol, Connecticut.
When I was accepted to the program, I had the opportunity to apply to intern at Sports Illustrated, People, Vanity Fair, Glamour, O, The Oprah Magazine, and Food Network Magazine, among others. Travel + Leisure was one of my top choices because, simply, I love to travel.
Can you give an example of how your experiences at Knox benefited you in the internship?
My Knox professors, Marilyn Webb and John Haslem (director of the Knox Center for Teaching and Learning), helped me succeed as a writer. I owe them many, many thanks! Marilyn's classes persuaded me to become a journalist; her tough, but encouraging, advice pushed me to develop skills in news writing and reporting.
Experience as a writing tutor and a teacher's assistant for John Haslem, as well as being a student in John's classes, challenged me to become a better writer. Marilyn and John are excellent professors and amazing friends. I also owe my advisor, Associate Professor of English Monica Berlin, a thank you! She helped me to pursue many, many crazy ventures.
Previous internships at the Los Altos Town Crier and the Bainbridge Island Review have also proven to be invaluable to my development. The classes I took during a semester abroad the Danish Institute for Study Abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark (photo below), were also important to my education.
How do you think this internship helped you in terms of your personal development?
This internship proved to be incredibly insightful. I learned about the elements required to produce a successful magazine, and developed my own researching, reporting, and writing skills.
What inspired you to pursue the opportunity?
Interning at Travel + Leisure was a dream come true. I chose to pursue the opportunity because I love journalism -- I love interviewing, writing, and editing. I also love to travel. Living in Manhattan was another perk of the job.