My first week in New York was great. I was here for New Year’s and I went to a party at a friend’s apartment. He lives in midtown Manhattan and I was able to see the ball drop in Times Square from his rooftop! It was a great start to the New Year and good way to enjoy the city before I had to start work!
My first day at SPIN was Monday, Jan. 4. The office is in the Soho/Tribeca area of Manhattan. I was a little bit nervous but once I got inside the office, all of that went away. I became immediately excited when I saw the magazine covers and photos of musicians that lined the walls. I met my supervisor, Catherine, and she was so nice and helped me get settled.
I started at the same time that everyone else was getting back from holiday vacation so for the first two days, there wasn’t a whole lot for me to do. I did fact check a couple of articles, which is basically making sure that all the information in the article is correct and that everything is spelled right. I also sorted the mail and delivered it to the right people. This helped me learn everyone’s names and where they sit.
On Tuesday, I went to an editorial meeting where we went over the status of the issue. I’ve also gotten to go to the online meetings everyday, where we discuss what is going to go on SPIN.com that day. The rest of the week, I was very busy. On Wednesday, I started transcribing an interview and I had to fact check another article. This one was exciting because I got to email the publicist of a band with questions. I spent most of the day transcribing, which is difficult and exhausting but very interesting. I did the same on Thursday and Friday. On Friday, I also got to see which photo they chose for the cover of this issue! (But I can’t tell you who it is; you have to wait and see when the issue comes out!)
I also got to go to an album release party that SPIN sponsored for a band called Vampire Weekend. I hope I get more opportunities like that in the month that I’m here!
So far, I like my internship. I’m learning a lot and it is so exciting just to be in the office and watch everything happen. I can’t wait until the issue comes out so I can see what I helped with. The rest of the interns won’t start until later in January, so for now, it’s just me. I like everyone I work with; everyone has been so nice and helpful. The atmosphere is also really laidback and it’s nice that I can go to lunch whenever I want. (Unfortunately, I work in an area that’s packed with tourists so most of my lunch options are a little pricey and I have to dodge the people trying to sell me knockoff Chanel bags on the corner.)
I’m really glad that I lived in New York City before and was able to see all the landmarks and do all the touristy stuff already. It is way too cold to be exploring the city so I stay inside where it’s nice and warm most of the time. The building I’m living in is in a great location though; very close to the subway (and a White Castle). The view is amazing and I love waking up and seeing New York City right outside my window every morning. It never gets old! I’ve also made some friends in my building who are great.
I think I’m going to have a great rest of the month and I am so excited to see what I get to do at SPIN next week!