Since College Lifestyles™ was founded in 2003, Founder, Executive Director, Editor-in-Chief and CEO Shelly Marie Redmond has had the opportunity to work with classy interns from 90 colleges and universities in the United States, Canada and overseas. Over the past year, the staff has grown to include former College Lifestyles™ interns Debra Schreiber, Alli Heitzenrater and Kaci Hall, who have had the pleasure of working with these incredible co-eds as well.
Interns are the heart and soul of College Lifestyles™ online magazine, and the company enjoys watching interns grow from leading college students to exceptional professionals, all the while committed to being classy, confident and chic.
While you consider applying for the College Lifestyles™ Summer 2013 Internship, we would like to update you on the fabulous work former interns have done since interning with CL, and hope their stories will inspire you, and prompt you to apply!
Christina Hedges - College Lifestyles™ Intern Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Summer 2013 – PR and Fashion Intern; Senior Social Media Intern
“Since CL I have continued to live my life as a classy, confident, and chic woman at home, school, and through social media. CL taught me the importance of being positive and keeping a classy appearance, not only on the business world. CL also taught me to follow my dreams, no matter how big! Over my year at CL I saw the company expand and grow into a well-known brand on college campuses. This experience has given me the confidence and drive for my own dream and career.
“Since CL I have been interning with Tim Duncan Events, an event and wedding planning company based in Atlanta. I am in charge of managing their social media accounts including Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. I have also joined Phi Sigma Sigma at Hofstra University. The positive stories of Greek life I heard through CL and the other interns inspired me to give Greek life a try and I’m so glad I did. It has truly changed my life and enriched my college experience. I truly don’t know what I’d do without my sisters!
“For current and upcoming interns I say, enjoy your time there. You are working with the best of the best. These women will continue on to great places so learn from each other and make contacts. Also learn from the brand. CL is such a well-known and respected brand because of its class. There’s an important life lesson there.”
Kelly Adams – College Lifestyles™ Intern Summer 2011 – Fashion and Sorority Life Writing Intern
“I have continued to be ‘classy, confident and chic’ throughout the whole job-finding process. I am currently still at a part-time position at a magazine, but I am interviewing for many positions in journalism, PR and marketing. It is important to remain classy and confident because that is the first thing people notice about you. If you walk in feeling defeated because you just got an email rejection from another position, there is no way you will get the one you are interviewing for now. Interviewing is hard, but I learned a lot of tips from CL and I am so confident that I will get a great position soon!
“I learned so much from my short time as a CL intern. I learned how to collaborate with a team that is located everywhere in the country. That is so vital these days with our global economy. I also learned how to optimize social media as a marketing tool for a blog. That is one skill I have used in creating my own personal fashion blog, ‘She’s In High Cotton.‘
“My favorite article I wrote [for College Lifestyles™ was ‘CL’s Top 10 Stores for Stylish Co-Eds on a Budget.’ List stories are always fun to put together and shopping is my favorite past time so it was a blast writing this piece.
“Since my CL internship I have graduated college and am currently working at a local magazine in Lexington, KY. I am applying for positions in Louisville, KY because I want to be in a bigger city. I have recently started a personal fashion blog too! I have always loved fashion and I wanted a way to express myself and have an outlet for those creative juices. For now it is just a fun hobby, but I hope to one day turn it into a brand and styling business, hopefully as successful as CL! Personally, I am still dating the same wonderful guy. He lives in Louisville, so moving there would definitely be a plus in our relationship!
“Advice I have for current interns, get the most out of it! Volunteer for anything and everything you can fit in your schedule. Working for CL was so much fun and every time we had a Skype session we had tons of new ideas. Bosses in the real world love it when you take initiative so take ideas and run with them! You only have room to grow and gain, which is what is so great about CL.”
Nicole Savitsky – College Lifestyles™ Intern Summer 2011 – Health and Etiquette Writing Intern
“I’ve continued to stay classy by keeping that mindset as the basis for all my actions and thoughts. I’ve used this “classy and chic” mindset as a foundation for how I look to “brand” myself in the professional world as well as in the academic setting. I’ve kept focused on my career goals and continued to work hard. In my social life I keep a classy mindset whenever I’m at the bar or handing with friends. I know that I don’t want to come off as something I’m not and CL has definitely ingrained classy into who I am now!
“CL was my very first internship. It taught me a lot of things like team work, brainstorming on the spot, time-management, learning to keep deadline, and self-editing. I was able to grow as a writer and as a member of a larger staff. My internship with CL really gave me the confidence to continue pursuing my goal of working in the magazine industry.
“After CL I was fortunate enough to have three more internships. I was given the opportunity to intern with the local tourism office in my county as a Marketing/Communications intern during the Summer of my junior year. That following Fall of my Senior year I was accepted as an intern for the Pontifical Council of Social Communications with the Vatican through my university’s study abroad in Rome program. Lastly, this semester I was offered the dream opportunity of mine to intern with “Seventeen Magazine.” I’m currently interning in the Love Features department twice a week. CL has given me a great foundation to jumpstart my interning through my academic career. I know I’ve taken a lot of the skills that I learned from CL with me along the way. Without my CL internship I don’t believe I would have gotten as many opportunities as I have and I truly appreciate the time I had interning with CL.
“My advice for current interns is to appreciate your time with CL. Take risks and, be bold, and work hard to make your articles look great! Soak up everything you can learn from CL because CL definitely teaches you a lot! Make the best of your time with CL because it really does make a difference in the end! “
Kaitlyn Kline – College Lifestyles™ Intern May 2009-May 2011 – Writing Intern; Social Media/PR Intern
“The CL internship was key in building my writing and social media skills and encouraged me to apply to grad school!
“[I] Finished grad school in August 2012 and I’ve been working at Smith Brothers Agency in Pittsburgh as a Social Media Coordinator and acting Analytics Coordinator.
“Advice you have for current interns: Take full advantage of all that Shelly has to offer – she’s so knowledgeable and wonderful!”
Jessica Fecteau – College Lifestyles™ Intern August 2011-August 2012 - Fashion, Lifestyle, Relationships and Travel Writing Intern
“I learned how to really market a brand and write for a specific audience.
“I am the Style Editor for Grand Central Magazine and write feature stories/columns for my campus newspaper, “Central Michigan Life.” In the summer, I will be living out my dream of interning in Chicago, IL at Red Frog Events as an Event Coordinator.
Connect with fellow interns! They become your CL family and go-to people for anything you need in the journalism field and are great for bouncing ideas off of. Having people to rely on and know what you’re going through is important and the CL ladies are perfect for that.
Jessica’s favorite article she wrote as an intern was “What if You’re Just not that Into Him.” Be sure to check out her recent article as a CL Contributing Writer.
Emily O’Brien – College Lifestyles™ Intern Fall 2012 – Social Media Intern, Twitter
“I learned the ropes of handling social media from CL. Since my internship, I have gotten an internship at Ali Fee PR in NYC where I most recently helped with Katie Ermilio’s fashion exposition. I also now work at my university’s public relations office.”
Think College Lifestyles™ would be a good fit for you? Email firstname.lastname@example.org and request information regard the CL Summer 2013 Internship!