by Breyanna Knoll
I find that I take for granted the excellence of this internship. I always impress people when I tell them I write for St. Louis Woman Magazine, and they are particularly impressed to see the extent to which I write.
The editors here have kindly offered me freedom and responsibility. Other magazines’ interns fetch coffee and never see a byline.
I see now why some editors are apprehensive to give interns too much responsibility. Occasionally I have done exceedingly well, and at times, like today, I have failed miserably.
By making an assumption (I know the old adage, you do not have to repeat it to me. Although, I would have done kindly to remember it.), I jumbled information between two sources and basically got about half the story wrong. Luckily the sales people caught it.
I am waiting for a response from my managing editor after I explained the situation and tried to make it right. She completely deserves to yell at me, but I am already way ahead of her.
I know I should use this as a learning experience. That’s exactly what an internship is meant to be. I should remember this and be more thorough in the future. But honestly, I just want to quit right now. I am lucky to have an editor who probably will not let me do that.
This is not just a pity party. There will days when you want to quit in an internship too. Some days, your editor will chide you on a grammatical issue, a source will complain about you or you will screw up royally. You will hate it, but everything sucks a little bit sometimes. You just have to ask yourself whether you hate the job itself or the day.
- ▼ April (5)