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Texas Monthly

Fall 2017

Position: Custom Publishing Intern
Student: English Junior

Working in the Custom Publishing department at Texas Monthly, your day-to-day life is never quite the same; each day is unique and brings its own set of challenges along with it. You might spend your day at the office trying to scour the internet for a photo for an article, or you might be editing or proofreading a story, or you might even be writing your own piece for either our blog or one of the magazines we’re working on, it’s different each day. Sometimes you might even be asked to help another department with a task or go through the supply closet and take inventory of the things in there, but for the most part you will stay within the Custom Publishing Department. Basically, your job is to be an assistant to the project managers in your department and help them with any tasks that they need help with. With that being said there is at least a little bit of structure in your day to day life.

Depending on how you decide to schedule your time at the office, they do ask that you work between ten and twelve hours each week, and that you try to make the shifts at least three hours long, so that you can actually get some work done. The first thing that you do when you come into the office is log into your computer over at your desk and then from there once you’re settled it is essential that you check your email because that is the main point of communication that they use in the office.

From there, once you’ve checked your email you can then go on to see what you’re going to be doing that, as I said earlier each day is different, so depending on what projects you are assigned you might be doing one thing one day and something totally different another. A couple of examples of what you might be doing are trying to track down a photo that we can use in an article, or proofread a piece, or even write a piece for our blog or even a magazine. It all depends on the day.

All in all, this is a great place to intern at, one that will provide you with a lot of experience and give you a little taste of what it’s like to work at a magazine.

Position: Editorial Internship
Student: English & Plan II Junior

A Texas Monthly editorial intern works about 12-15 hours a week, which I broke into three 4-5 hour shifts. I would usually come into the Texas Monthly office, which is a beautiful one with a breath-taking view of the state capitol, sit down at my desk, and check the intern Slack channel where requests come in from editors and writers. Every day was different and the tasks could range from transcribing an interview with state Congressmen, doing research on the craziest things Alex Jones has said for Texas Monthly’s Bum Steers editorial, fact-checking magazine pieces, and writing my own articles for online publishing on Texas Monthly’s website. You should be able to research well, deliver quickly, and should be willing to do work outside of the office if you take on bigger responsibilities like fact-checking or writing pieces. Sometimes, especially around deadlines, all of the editors and writers will stay until 1 am to finish pieces, and while you don’t need to stay late you should be willing to answer emails and do edits even after you leave the office. Texas Monthly is, however, very flexible if you need to move your schedule around for school, and the overall vibe of the office is casual and friendly.

Biggest advice would be to take advantage of the free food and newly-released books that the office always offers and do not be afraid to ask for jobs you want. Texas Monthly does not give jobs fact checking, for instance, to interns who do not ask. Overall, if you have an idea of what you want to accomplish, voice it. While they can always turn you down, they want to see you succeed there. Also, they will never make you go get their coffee or clean plates in the office. You will only be doing substantial work directly involved with Texas Monthly editorial content, which is huge, and not something all editorial internships offer. 

Spring 2017  

Position: Audience Development Intern
Student: International Relations and Global Studies Senior

During the spring 2017 semester, I was an audience development intern at Texas Monthly (TXM). TXM is a monthly consumer magazine that covers Texas lifestyle and politics. Much of my work helped the audience development department conduct audience and market analysis. At the end of each week I would complete postage reports for TXM and the other publications once covered by the audience development department. Each month I would complete customer service reports. These types of reports help my supervisor analyze the TXM audience and how each publication is publically received.

On a more day-to-day basis, I would have several administrative tasks. This would include fulfilling back issues requests, mailing out TXM BBQ-club packets and completing any sort of specific project my supervisor assigned me. My last week at TXM, the audience development department head asked me to complete a cover analysis for the top-selling newsstand magazine covers in Texas. I learned just as much from observing at department meetings and talking with TXM employees as I did doing my internship projects.

 My supervisor made me feel more than comfortable to ask questions. She always gave thorough directions and would tell me why I was doing the work I was doing. Meaning that she related my small contribution to the TXM monthly enterprise to the larger effort of running a monthly publication. I attended department meetings every week and through out the semester my supervisor set up meetings with TXM employees so that I was able to ask questions and learn about their role in the company. TXM also has an intern orientation where department heads come in to talk to the new interns about their job and their work with TXM.

Summer 2016 

Position: Custom Publishing Intern
Student: English Junior

The day-to-day work at the summer Custom Publishing internship at Texas Monthly can vary. Throughout the three months you will be working during the summer, expect a myriad of opportunities for research, writing, and publication. The supervisors will work with your schedule and give you a one-hour lunch break. An example of a schedule would be working on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays from 9am to 3pm. Each day you will go to your desk and work on whatever has been assigned. The desks and workspace are of high quality and include a computer and phone. From writing weekly travel blog posts for and to completing photo research, there is alway something to do. Work can include writing articles about festivals, people, and day road trips for Ride Texas Magazine 
and pitching ideas for the My H-E-B Life monthly issues, creating inspiration PowerPoint slides for the upcoming magazine. Every week at least one intern blog gets published and because there are two Custom Publishing interns, the publications alternate. At least once or twice a month, a blog you write will probably get published.
Expect to be motivated by the work environment at Texas Monthly that helps with motivation and one’s success. Employees at Texas Monthly are often positive individuals and make it a pleasant day to go into work. While sitting in the breakroom during lunchtime, employees may involve you in their conversations and ideas for stories.

Spring 2016 

Position: Publishing Intern
Student: English Junior

The first thing prospective interns should know is that there are several different departments working within Texas Monthly.  I intern with the Custom Publishing department, which is essentially an in-house publishing unit that produces a variety of publications such as Ride Texas magazine, a motorcycle riding magazine owned by our department.  However, depending on your interests, there are several options to choose from such as Editorial, Sale and Marketing, Design, among others.   

The office enjoys stunning views of the surrounding city and skyline, which could never get old.  I personally worked for Texas Monthly Custom Publishing for 12 hours per week, divided into four-hour chunks on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.  I arrive at the office at 9 am and some employees are already at work, while others are just arriving.  The company seems to be relatively flexible with hours and work schedules.  

In the morning I generally say hi to the people in my department, check my emails, make coffee, and then get started on whatever assignment I have been working on or inquire about a new assignment if I have completed those from a previous day.  My main responsibility was creating blog posts for websites such as or  I really enjoyed crafting this content - it was both fun and educational for me.  I also was tasked with drafting stories for Ride Texas magazine, so now my work will be published in print (as of this summer).  Aside from writing I also worked fact checking, copy editing, and brainstorming editorial ideas.

Position: Editorial Intern
Student: Plan II Junior

The Texas Monthly Editorial Internship is a creative way to investigate culture and politics in the great state of Texas. Texas Monthly is a monthly publication that covers happenings across the state. Based in downtown Austin, TX right on Congress Avenue, Texas Monthly offers a broad bi-partisan survey of the State and what it means to be Texan. It offers a glimpse into the life of the modern Texan in the context of our ever-changing national and international landscape. The general interest publication looks for creative and unconventional ways to tell the narratives of Texas.

This internship offers students interested in writing, journalism, or media a chance to see the inner workings of a monthly publication. Working for Texas Monthly gave me a chance to explore more accessible writing styles and a new industry. Additionally, it gave me a new appreciation for everything Texas. The tasks of an intern vary depending on the needs of the writers and editorial staff. I’ve transcribed interviews, gathered data on oil rigs, created a presentation on the history of corn, and assisted writers in smaller editorial tasks.

An interesting part of the internship experience is the requirement that editorial interns submit pitches for monthly editorial meetings. Seeing the renowned editorial team bat ideas back and forth taught me a lot about vetting my own stories for our specific audience.

Finally, the “Day in the Life” of a TM intern is, honestly, whatever you make it. The office is incredibly laid back with unlimited Topo Chicos, clementines, and an oatmeal station. The attire is hip-casual. You report to yourself, which gives needed flexibility with a hectic college schedule, though you must come in a minimum of twelve hours a week. Through seminars with writers and editors, you will gain a much greater appreciation for language and awareness of long form writing and editing techniques.

Fall 2015 

Position: Media Marketing Intern
Student: English Junior

Here’s a look into my typical day at the office. I would first check the marketing mailbox and deliver mail to various marketing employees. Once I got to my desk, I signed into my computer and checked my email for my daily assignments. If I had any questions about my tasks that day, I would head over to my supervisor's desk for clarification. And then my day would officially begin.

My responsibilities as a marketing intern ranged from administrative tasks to marketing specific tasks. The administrative tasks included a lot of random assignments to help the marketing team operate, such as creating FedEx labels for shipments, printing out and organizing forms, and creating booklets of marketing plans. The marketing tasks, which were much more exciting, including creating event entries and slideshows on WordPress, updating social media platforms and drafting tweets, fact checking the promotional content, and ad copy editing.

I also spent a lot of my semester working on various ​Texas Monthly​BBQ Festival tasks. The TMBBQ, which takes place on the first weekend of November, aims to promote ​Texas Monthly​and bring together the entire Texas barbecue community. Shadowing is an important, beneficial part of the internship that you should definitely take advantage of. Find out what all the marketing employees are up to and ask them questions. See if there is anything that you can do to help. This internship is what you make it, so take advantage of the vast amount of resources that ​Texas Monthly ​provides.

Spring 2015 

Position: Editorial Intern
Student: English Senior

As a Texas Monthly editorial intern, you will be completely immersed in a professional culture, and you will learn the detailed ins and outs of magazine journalism. Writing opportunities are not guaranteed, however, interns are tasked each month with creating and researching story ideas. Everyone on the editorial staff does this, not just the interns. Before the monthly editorial meetings, the Editor in Chief, Brian, will look over everyone’s ideas and pick a few to put on the “short list” to be discussed in meeting. If you have a good enough idea, yours might be picked, and you might have the opportunity to be featured in the magazine or online!

A lot of your day will consist of compiling research for stories that are in the works, transcribing interviews, and reading the magazine. Honestly, reading is a huge part of the internship. When you read, you are exposed to the voice of the writers, and it makes it that much cooler when you get to talk to them about their process of researching, structuring, and writing the story. The interns were able to speak with fact checkers, editors, and writers throughout the internship about the process of story telling, and often, these staff members would give the interns a story to read before the meeting, so that there would be something specific to discuss. Transcribing interviews will sometimes take up the entirety of your day, which may sound daunting, but in reality, transcribing was sometimes the most interesting task assigned.

As an intern, you get to listen in on really incredible interviews, sometimes with big time musicians and movie stars. This gives you the opportunity to hear how the writers approach an interview, and when the story is published, you get to feel proud that you played a part in it. I highly recommend the internship if you are looking for an independently structured journalism internship. At Texas Monthly, you get what you put into it. You can go that extra mile to meet everyone on staff and learn as much as you can, or you can do the bare minimum. It’s up to you.

Spring 2014 

Position: Human Resources Intern
Student: History Senior

My day usually started out by checking the Administration/HR Department’s mailbox and then my email.  In my email, I could receive questions from other interns, projects and assignments from my supervisor and internship applications for the coming semester. If I received an application, I would screen it to make sure that the application was complete. I would check to make sure the applicant was still a student. They also had to include a cover letter and resume and request a semester and department in which they would like to intern. Next, I would either send a standard email verifying that I received the candidate’s application and that it was complete, or I would alert the candidate what was still missing from his or her application. I would then log information about the applicant on Excel.  

I also processed and managed all of the entry and exit paperwork for the internship program, which was a project that took the entire summer. On some days, I would assist the department with various administrative projects. Additionally, I sat in on the HR/administration department meetings, which was useful to get a big picture of the department’s function. A particularly rewarding aspect of my job was conducting phone interviews for the fall HR internship position. This experience was valuable because it provided me the opportunity to evaluate my interviewing skills.     

Overall, a day in the life of a Texas Monthly HR intern is diverse and varied. To succeed in this position, one must have a strong attention to detail and be comfortable working independently and prioritizing tasks.

Fall 2013 

Position: Audience Development Intern
Student: English, Senior

This past semester I have been interning in the Audience Development department at Texas Monthly, which is a branch of Emmis Communications that is also responsible for strategies and budgeting for Cincinnati Magazine, Orange Coast Magazine, Atlanta Magazine, Indianapolis Monthly, and Los Angeles Magazine. My responsibilities for these titles, along with Texas Monthly, have been to reconcile monthly budgets for postage, apps, customer service, and other monthly expenses, among other things. I also take care of sending out TM Club new member packets and tracking the inventory for this. Some activities, like the monthly budgeting, data tracking, and TM Club packs, became part of my routine. Every Tuesday and Thursday, I would arrive at Texas Monthly at 10:00 AM and plan on staying until 4:00 PM.  I would check in and first of all check the mailbox for any department mail. Next, I check my email and intern box for my day’s assignments. A few of the assignments that I did from time to time were proofreading, looking over resumes, finding the ad and edit percentages in Emmis magazines, running tests on apps and company websites, sitting in on phone calls to other magazines, and customer service. When I finished a project or needed something else to work on, it was mostly up to me to ask my supervisors to give me another project. In that way, a lot of my internship was self-propelled in that I was expected to actively ask what they needed help with as opposed to them handing me projects throughout the day.

Spring 2013 

Position: Advertising and Publishing Intern
Student: Psychology Senior

As an intern for Texas Monthly’s advertising and sales department, my day typically starts with checking the mail on behalf of my supervisors. If any advanced copies of our magazine or promotional pieces have been returned, I find the correct address for the company online or via phone. I then make sure the address is updated in the sales database and reroute mail to the correct address. After this is complete, I typically check my email for any messages I may have missed from the days I was not in the office. Usually, our supervisors email us in advance any work they have for my co-intern and I to do that day. 

At the beginning of the month, we typically mail promotional pieces to potential advertisers. For example, we mailed coast-themed cardstock pieces (complete with anchor pins) to any companies we thought would be interested in advertising in our May 2013 issue on the Texas Coast. Just before the middle of the month, the new issues for the coming month arrive, so we flag each company’s advertisement and send them an advanced copy of the magazine before it’s released to the public. 

Our day-to-day tasks vary somewhat. The TM sales representatives, or account managers, often assign us projects (via our supervisors) that involve checking contact information for clients and updating the appropriate information in the sales databases. Sometimes we even prospect clients and get them in contact with the right account manager. This usually done by way of whose ‘geographical territory’ the company falls into. On other days, we file insertion orders, assemble media kits, and make sure monthly issues of the magazine are stocked. In the past, I have also assisted the marketing and custom publishing departments with some of their projects as we work closely with them. However, these interdepartmental projects typically involve busy work that needs to be completed by a certain time.

Position: Editorial Intern (Political)
Student: Plan II/Biology Senior

Because this internship position was created especially to cover politics during the legislative session, the schedule is determined largely by the schedule of the legislature and the writing skills of the intern. The first will determine the parts of your day you will spend at the capital, and the second will determine the scope of your responsibilities. Weaker writers will be take notes at committee hearings for the majority of the session and will contribute to the annual “Best and Worst Legislators Issue,” which should earn them a “with research by _________” acknowledgment in the print edition. Interns who have more experience reporting will find themselves writing up articles for the politics channel of the Texas Monthly website, which they will do after having attended a committee meeting or a floor debate that their supervisor did not have the time or the knowledge to write on. Interns who write will also learn how to use the “back end” of the Texas Monthly website to upload and edit content. Though political editorial interns (which Texas Monthly only hosts during the rush of the legislative session) may work from the Texas Monthly office, they are not required to do so and may write from the capital or from home.

A typical day for me would be attending a committee hearing and then taking notes from the press table on the senate floor. Out of these would come a story idea that I would approve with my editor— a natural story choice usually emerges from the day’s proceeding. Then, I would file press slips to get interviews with the necessary senators. After I interviewed the relevant senators on the floor, I would head to the Texas Monthly office to finish my reporting—which usually involved verifying numbers with state agencies—and then I would type up my final story and send it to my editors for final approval. Somewhere in that time, I would attend class.

Position: Editorial Intern
Student: Geography Senior

At Texas Monthly, your schedule is really flexible. You can come in the morning, or afternoon, or all day for two days, or a few hours every day. The atmosphere at the office is really laid-back. Everyone is pretty nice, and will chat with you in the hall. As far as dress code goes, just don’t wear workout clothes and you’ll be fine.

The workload varies a lot, and depends on what other writers are doing. Since it’s a monthly issue, you’re on a 4-week cycle where not much happens the first week, things really pick up the second and third weeks when the writers need transcriptions done and facts checked, and then depending on what all gets done in Week 3, Week 4 could be REALLY hectic or pretty dead. Interns are mainly responsible for transcribing interviews and looking up background information for writers’ stories (interesting facts about whoever they’re writing about, people associated with them, basic biographic info). Some of my favorite projects were the Twitter campaign about Texas women, finding interviews that George Strait has given, and collecting anecdotes about the West fertilizer plant explosion. Also, every month you submit five story ideas for the next issue. They don’t always make the cut, but when they do it’s exciting. You are able to attend the monthly Editorial Meeting at 9:15 a.m. the first Monday of every cycle, and get to hear the writers and editors (even though everyone’s title is some kind of Editor) discuss the pitches, brainstorm different angles for the story to take, what else it could be related to, and who gets to write the story. It’s a good glimpse into the more “official” side of the job. 

Position: Custom Publishing Intern
Student: English Senior

This semester I was an intern in the Custom Publishing department at Texas Monthly Magazine.  My experience with Texas Monthly has been a positive one from the beginning.  My supervisor, Rachel Webb, has been kind and helpful throughout.  She was understanding about working around my class schedule. 

The Texas Monthly office is located in downtown Austin a short bus ride away from the UT campus.  Every morning I would come in, check my work e-mail, put my lunch in the fridge, and check in with Rachel about the day’s projects and assignments.  Custom Publishing produces 26 different publications throughout the year.  Staying on top of the information and deadlines for each of those publications requires a high level of organization and is something at which Custom Publishing excels.  During my internship I worked with the other Custom Publishing intern and proofread and copy-edited online and print versions of publications, brainstormed theme ideas for one of their magazines, researched photos, wrote online blog posts for one of their websites, fact-checked information, organized spreadsheets with information for certain publications, and organized the Custom Publishing closet.  Sometimes the tasks felt as though they were outside of my comfort zone (like calling people for feedback about magazines), but it helps to remember that the work the other intern and I were doing was helping the Custom Publishing staff do its job.  Knowing that we were contributing and that we were a part of that process was very rewarding. 

My supervisor Rachel is incredibly helpful, encouraging, and supportive.  She makes me feel free to ask questions and genuinely cares about the work I’m doing.  Her level of confidence in my work gives me a sense of ownership with the projects and assignments.  She has been wonderful to work with.

Position: Custom Publishing Intern
Student: English Senior

As a Custom Publishing intern at Texas Monthly, my responsibilities vary greatly from day to day. Usually, projects involve proofreading, copyediting, or preparing mail outs. At the start of each day, I talk to my supervisor and find out what projects need to be completed, or, if I have an ongoing project to work on, I start on that and send my supervisor an e-mail to let her know that I am working on that project.

Texas Monthly Custom Publishing has a fairly open work environment. While there are occasionally pressing deadlines, you can often move from project to project as you like, or you can change projects if you are getting tired of your current project. My supervisor allowed me to incorporate my own work style into projects. For example, I recently was assigned to check links (clicking on links, making sure they lead to the correct webpage) in a digital version of one of TMCP’s publications. This was a very link-heavy publication, so checking and repairing broken links took almost all of two four-hour shifts. My supervisor gave me the option to switch to another project, but because I prefer to work on one project until I complete it instead of multitasking, I chose to focus on the project instead.

Often, I will have several projects to work on during one shift. At the beginning of my shift, I might fact-check a list of CVBs (Convention and Visitors Bureaus) so that we print the right numbers in a publication. Next, I proofread and copyedit a newsletter for HEB. Then, I might finish up my shift by writing the first draft of a blog post for the Texan Traveler. My supervisor occasionally assigned me projects based on my personal interests.

Because of the variety of projects and the friendliness of my supervisor, Texas Monthly Custom Publishing was a great place to intern.

Position: Custom Publishing Intern
Student: English Senior

The office of Texas Monthly is one of the most visually alive environments in which I’ve ever had the pleasure of being. One hallway is covered, wall to wall, with the covers of every issue of the magazine ever produced. Working in this office gives an intern the sense that they are part of the history of the magazine, or, more accurately, that they are helping to continue its legacy. That being said, there’s never a sense that the office is a high-pressure environment. All of the Texas Monthly staff is very relaxed and polite. The magazine itself will provide for very interesting reading during the quiet stretches in the magazine cycle, and I highly recommend all interns, no matter the department, take advantage of the chance to see how such a top-notch magazine is put together from every perspective.

Working as an editorial intern at TM will feel very much like a class. I have had several meetings with writers and editors, in between my usual work in the intern’s corner, in which they taught the four other interns and me about their jobs, how they go about writing, and how they got their jobs at TM. They are all very kind and helpful, or, at least, all of those with whom I interacted were. They all seem genuinely interested in the welfare of the interns. Of course, they also depended on us to help them with their work during the publication cycle, usually doing transcriptions and research. If you are lucky enough to get one of the top writers doing one of the big stories, you will be getting firsthand information of some very interesting stories. The interns are fully integrated into the cycle, and their help is considered valuable at all levels of the magazine’s leadership.

Position: Editorial Intern
Student: Plan II Junior

My experience at Texas Monthly is different every day, but always an opportunity to learn. I usually go to the Texas State Capitol to observe the House of Representatives. We have a civilian legislature that goes home on weekends, so most business is done between Tuesday and Thursday. This means the middle of the week is packed with business! I have a media pass to go onto the House floor, where I can hear legislators talking and see the action close-up. The legislature is different every day, and the debate is often surprising. I take notes on who is speaking and where the lines are divided on an important bill. Outside of the Capitol, I often do background research for Texas Monthly stories. I’ve done research on the history of certain laws and bills, or sometimes lawmakers themselves. I often use the Legislative Reference Library in the Capitol to research, or call government agencies to check with their archives.

I’ve gotten to meet politicians from across the state and listen to what they have to say about policy. What they have to say is incredibly important to the future of our state—and their future in the pages of Texas Monthly, which ranks its best and worst legislators from the session. This year I’m proud to be able to contribute to this session’s rankings, which will be on the cover of the magazine’s July issue. My experience this session has taught me about both the way politics works in our state and how a magazine covers political events. I’ve learned a lot during my time at Texas Monthly, and look forward to using the education I’ve gained from my internship in the future.

Fall 2012 

Position: Digital Editorial Intern
Student: Economics Junior

Interning at Texas Monthly magazine in the digital editorial department is an interesting way to spend a semester. The office has a very relaxed atmosphere and the supervisor is very flexible and understanding about the demands of school. Typically, I show up in the morning and begin combing the internet for interesting stories related to Texas, typically on first on bigger, frequently visited sites like the Houston Chronicle and the Texas Tribune before moving onto smaller fare, daily papers from towns like Lufkin and Henderson. If I find a story with a humorous angle, like a politician said something dumb or Texas was listed on a list of best places in Bloomberg Businessweek, I run it by my supervisor in the next cubicle and she clears me to write about it. Sometimes my supervisor finds an interesting story, she emails me the link and tells me to write a piece about it, including how long it should be, the angle I should take, and if there are any specific pictures I should use in the final post. Sometimes she’ll write a longer post and ask me to copy-edit it, searching for spelling errors, broken links, or sloppy syntax.

Most recently, I’ve been spending time transcribing old articles from the 1990s into a word document so they can be included as searchable text on the website. While it is not the most thrilling thing I have done at Texas Monthly so far, it is still interesting to see the old perspectives on things we can now see in hindsight. The intern computers are ancient and can actually be an impediment to getting work done sometimes because they’re so slow, but other than that the digital editorial interns are treated very well. While there you get the opportunity to speak to some really legendary Texas writers, which is really amazing when you consider we’re just interns. I would recommend this internship to anyone interested in journalism.

Position: Marketing Intern
Student: English Senior

I was an intern in the marketing department at Texas Monthly during Fall 2012. My duties were to update social media outlets such as Twitter and the TM Promotional page, update sponsorship agreements and e-mails, assist with event planning and perform event research, work on ad copywriting and fact-checking, and produce “Counter Cards” for advertisers using InDesign. I did not work on all of these tasks every day, however. Throughout the week, my supervisor would e-mail me tasks to work on at the office. At the start of each of my shifts, I would check my TM e-mail for e-mails from my supervisor and other members of the marketing department. I would make a list of all the tasks assigned to me and then meet briefly with my supervisor to prioritize various tasks. I did everything from creating Excel spreadsheets to using InDesign to calling advertisers to fact check information. I also sat in on some internal meetings. All of these tasks gave me, an English major and a marketing newbie, a much better understanding of how marketing fits into the publishing process.

This internship is really what you make it. After seeing that I liked and was good at updating online content, my supervisor let me take a lot of initiative as far as updating. I also had fun shadowing members of the marketing and creative departments. My conversations with them shed light on all the varied processes that go into putting out a magazine issue each month. I also learned a great deal about event-planning; Texas Monthly frequently hosts events like the Texas Monthly BBQ festival to generate revenue and create publicity.

Texas Monthly employees are extremely welcoming (and the giant employee kitchen and the ping pong table aren’t too shabby, either). Everyone from my supervisor to people I just met walking through the halls was extremely friendly, and I never felt like I couldn’t ask questions or express my opinion. I enjoyed my time at Texas Monthly so much this semester that I’m currently finalizing my internship with their Custom Publishing division for the spring!

Position: Editorial Intern
Student: Government Sophomore

At Texas Monthly, the primary job of the interns is to help the actual production of the magazine go more smoothly each month. Usually, this takes the form of helping the writers as they move their stories to completion. The most common task is transcribing recorded interviews with the sources for a particular story. These recordings are almost always extremely interesting and we often get to hear things off the record that won’t make it into the magazine (or anywhere else).  Other times, we’ll be asked to research specific topics for upcoming features or interviews; I recently put together information for a major story they’re planning to do on some prominent political figures in Texas. When times are slower, there are plenty of opportunities to look at things that are more interesting to you. Every previous issue of the magazine is there, and it’s often interesting to see how our understanding of different topics evolved over the years (Lance Armstrong or Rick Perry, for example). We also get to attend the editorial meeting each month, where the upcoming issue is discussed (and previewed). These meetings also involve a discussion of story ideas for the next issue and even for issues a year off. Interns are welcome to submit story ideas, and good ones are discussed along with the ideas the writers had for the meeting.

I’m at the offices from about 10-4 on Wednesdays and Fridays, but the scheduling is very flexible. They expect you to work about 12 hours per week. Everyone here is extremely friendly and helpful. If you’re interested in a topic or a story that somebody is working on, they’re more than happy to talk about it with you and will often steer work your way that you’ve demonstrated an interest in.

Position: Audience Development Intern
Student: English Junior

There were many different parts to this internship throughout the course of the semester. First of all, my job was like a typical 9-5 desk job, except for the fact that it was part-time. I would come in at 9:30 every morning, and stay till 12:30. Every morning when I came in I would check my email, and my boss would usually email me about the upcoming tasks for the week. These tasks usually included a variety of things—anything from creating new member packages, to sorting mail, to updating spreadsheets, to making copies.

My position was as an audience development intern—this means that I was to help maintain a new service that just launched at Texas Monthly, called TM Club. This service was designed to appeal to those that are longtime fans of Texas Monthly, offering exclusive access, various member benefits, exclusives, subscriptions, and more. My primary job was to help my boss, Megan, maintain the TM Club. Megan would give me all the data on new members that had signed up, and it would be my job to create benefit packages for them, input all their information, type up customer service letters, and more. I got to help design some of the labels that would go on various materials that the service was offering, and I helped to do some social media analysis of Texas Monthly’s page on sites like Twitter and Facebook.

What I liked about his internship was that the organization seems committed to tailoring it to the intern’s needs. Even though there were tasks they expected of all interns, Megan specifically asked me if there was anything I wanted to do more or less of. She would always check to make sure I was enjoying what I was doing, and that it was tailored to what I wanted to get out of the internship. For someone that enjoys working in the publishing industry, I think this is a great environment. For someone who wants more flexibility and wants to move around, I would suggest a different field. For a “typical day in the life” for this internship, expect a lot of inputting data, sorting through letters, working on analysis reports, making copies, possibly designing promotion pieces, and getting a strong feel of what it is like to work in the industry.

Summer 2012 

Position: Advertising Research Intern
Student: English Junior

I usually get to my internship between 9:45 and 10 a.m. After finding street parking, I take the elevator up to the 17th floor and on my way back to my cube I check to see if my department has any mail. I deliver it, log in to my computer, and check my work email. Then I go check in with the Vice President of Advertising Research, Robert Davila, to see what my daily project will be. This can be a reach & frequency report, study of reader demographics, or another special project. I always take in a pen and notebook. Once I get my assignment, I go to the kitchen and get myself a cup of coffee and oatmeal so I can settle in to tackle the project. I check in with Robert just after he gets back from lunch to ask him questions or turn in the work I’ve completed. If there is more to that project, I’ll tackle that next. If not, I’ll go check the mail again and see if there are back issue requests to be fulfilled or generic subscription invoices to be recorded. We keep track of when these get mailed so that if our mailing service is slacking, we have a record of it. I like to get back issue requests filled as soon as possible so they can get shipped quickly, but invoice record-keeping is a solo project that don’t require any supervision so I save it for last. Robert usually leaves about 4:30, so I like to give him a report of my progress before then so we can make a plan for the next day I come in. Sometimes there will be a special meeting or project that I can do before I get to my other work, like attending a meeting on the upcoming website and social media overhaul and how that will affect how we track website traffic and advertising, or compiling a set of the past 36 issues for our founder, Mike Levy. The combination of structure and new projects makes for a well-rounded experience here.

My name is Jorge Garcia and I am a senior at the University of Texas. I am interning for United States Congressman Kevin Brady of District 8 in Texas. Mr. Brady has been my representative since 1998, so it was truly an honor and privilege to intern for a man I truly admire. Mr. Brady is a ranking member of the Ways and Means Committee, one of the most powerful committees in Congress. He is also one of the most respected conservative in the country.  I interned in his district office in Conroe (my hometown) from May 14 to mid-August.  I will be sharing with you my feelings about the internship.

The most rewarding part of working for Mr. Brady is the ability to directly interact with constituents on a daily basis. I am the first person the constituent interacts with when they call or visit the office. I set the tone and atmosphere for the constituent. It was important that I welcome them with open-arms and positive attitude. I understand that I am an extension of Mr. Brady and everything he stands for. By being respectful, the constituent leaves with a good impression of not only me, but Mr. Brady overall.

In addition to interacting with constituents, I also did a lot of the “grunt” work in the office. I was given all the jobs that the staff could either, not do or did not want to do. In the morning (at 8:00am), I make coffee for the office, check the paper supplies on the printer, and add cups to the water dispenser. After this, I clip newspapers and answer phone calls periodically through the day. I really don’t have a set time for every activity. I try to work with the staff’s problems and activities. For example, I write thank you letters to constituents, help manage the website and small assignments, like keeping track of constituent calls and sending them to the DC office. Overall, this is everything that I do on a typical day.

Position: Custom Publishing Intern
Student: Government Senior

Texas Monthly Custom Publishing interns have various responsibilities since there are various publications that the department works on at one time. Sometimes I would work on researching events online for the HEB calendar of events, or sometimes I would be calling people to fact-check information for the Texas College Guide or emailing secretaries from 70 areas around Dallas to ask them to send us pictures of their town to be published in the Dallas Newcomer & Relocation Guide. Researching and fact-checking information was one of my biggest responsibilities. However, there was also a writing aspect to the internship. There was one other intern with me, and we were each asked to write a cover letter for the My H-E-B issue. We were also able to write blog posts for the Texas Traveler website that the Custom Publishing department created.

Our days would generally start out with us checking our work emails. Then our supervisor would come over and get a progress report on where we were with some of our assignments. She would then give us our assignments for that day, answer any questions we had, and then leave us to do our work. She was always available to answer our questions. The other people in the Custom Publishing department would either tell my supervisor if they needed our help with something and then she would tell us, or they would approach us directly to ask us for our help. We always had something to work on.

Position: Advertising Intern
Student: English Senior

When the elevator dings on the seventeenth floor, that’s when the day begins. The receptionist, as well as whomever else you meet, will greet you with a smile as you walk to your intern station. The advertising intern station, a long desk stuck to a cheery yellow wall next to your supervisors’ cubicles, holds two computers, office supplies, and on the push pin board behind the monitors are old covers of Texas Monthly, papers with information on employees’ numbers and e-mail addresses, and a few inspirational quotes as well.

Oh, and the stunning view of the southern half of downtown Austin that you can see from the giant window to the right of the desk isn’t half bad either.

Depending on the day, you’ll either be languidly updating papers for media kits and recent issues, or running around like a humming bird on speed trying to get out advanced copies—it varies. If things are too slow, or you finished the project your supervisor left you to do while they went out for lunch, grab a copy of Texas Monthly and read! One of the best perks of interning at Texas Monthly is early access to their issues. Make sure to constantly be checking your e-mail, though, in case your supervisor or another person has a project for you.

Most of the projects boil down to collecting information, putting it in to the database or Excel, and then using it to send out media information to clients or potential clients. It’s not glamorous. It’s not life changing. You’re sending out pieces of paper or printed issues to people who will never know the effort you went through to do so. And that, oddly enough, lends itself to one of the best parts about working at Texas Monthly.

Yes, you’re doing grunt work that they could probably train zombies or monkeys or even orcs to do; but, no one treats you like that. Everyone you talk to, from fellow interns to the head of the company always greet you with a smile and a sincerely polite attitude. Despite the work you do, you’ll never feel unimportant at Texas Monthly, and I dare you to try and leave after a day of working there without a smile on your face and a skip in your step.

Position: Human Resources Intern
Student: American Studies Senior

As the Human Resources/General Administration Intern for Texas Monthly, my primary duties are to collect and record all intern paperwork, manage intern schedules, process and distribute intern applications, and assist with any special projects as assigned. During the summer semester, I worked Monday and Thursday from 9am-5pm each week. On a typical day, I would arrive at work, check my emails, and process any applications submitted. If there was any paperwork to be logged into the databases, I would do that as well. Assignments vary from day to day, but typically I had quite a bit of downtime. During that time, I would organize files, update forms, prepare paperwork for the following semester, and work on recruiting efforts to get more applicants for the program. One of the most important aspects of my job is that I had the responsibility of hiring my own replacement for the following semester. This included going over resumes and cover letters, having phone interviews, and coordinating in-person interviews.

Though my responsibilities were minor, I feel that I learned quite a bit from just being in an office culture, especially one like Texas Monthly’s. The working environment was interesting, because it is quite relaxed and liberal in certain ways (dress, behavior, schedule), but very rigid and strict in others (email/phone correspondence, respecting the chain of command). However, everyone is very friendly and welcoming, and typically have time to answer any questions that might arise, even from the intern. Intern coordinators, generally, and my HR supervisor specifically, were also very open to any projects I pitched. If you are proactive, can work independently without supervision, and take direction well, you are the ideal candidate they are looking for.

Spring 2012 

Position: Editorial Intern
Student: English Senior

Working in the editorial department has been a really interesting experience. The three main responsibilities that the editorial interns have are to fact check for the dining guide, transcribe interviews, and conduct research for any project thrown our way by writers. Also, recently our supervisor added on another exciting factor to our work, we now have the opportunity to write for the “Out and About Newsletter” published by Texas Monthly.

Outside of the normal hours that we are in the office the interns are invited to the “deadline nights” where pretty much the whole office stays up to the wee hours of the night to finish everything and get ready for publication. This is an interesting experience as the interns have the opportunity to witness the final editorial process and sit in on the final revisions of stories. A group of writers and fact checkers would go through the article, looking at each and every word making sure it was accurate and flowed nicely with the story. This taught me how important every word must be in every article. Also, we are invited to attend the editorial meetings that take place each month. It’s really fun to be in the atmosphere of writers brainstorming together and sharing their ideas to create stories. With these two opportunities, an intern can see how a story is born and the processes it takes for it to be published.

Even further, the atmosphere at the Texas Monthly is very open for an intern to get involved. With each big transcribing project we received, we had a brown bag breakfast with the writer to learn more about the story. Interns have a chance to speak with the writers and make connections. In my case, I connected with John Spong during one of these breakfasts and now he is helping me write a story for the Texas Monthly website. So overall, there are a lot of satisfying aspects to their internship program!

Position: Advertising Intern
Student: Rhetoric & Writing Sophomore

When someone considers the job responsibilities of an intern working for a magazine like Texas Monthly, I imagine the first thing that comes to mind would involve writing or photography, or other editorial-related tasks. The editorial and business sides of Texas Monthly, although housed in the same office, are physically separated from one another—half of the office is maintained by the editorial department, and the other the business department, which are separated by the receptionists desk at the entrance, the company mail room in the middle, and the president of the magazine’s office at the back. This physical division enables the company to better maintain their philosophy of keeping business and editorial affairs separated. The business side includes an array of positions and tasks, including general administrative services, publishing, audience development, and advertising, that all offer internship opportunities with the company.

As an advertising intern, my boss Katy Park, is considered the Executive Resource Specialist, and works under the magazine’s head publishers, Amy Saralegui and David Durham. She also works with the senior advertising reps, whose main area of focus is selling advertising space. Katy’s responsibilities range from managing Amy and David’s expense reports, keeping up with the advertising sales database and maintaining communication and harmonious relationships with the department’s past, current, and prospective clients, as well as managing the Digital Revenue reports for each sales rep.

All of Texas Monthly’s internship opportunities involve a great deal of “job shadowing,” in which each intern works closely with his or her boss. As Katy’s intern, I helped with all of her previously stated responsibilities, which she would specifically delegate to me each morning when I arrived to the office. As the weeks went, and I grew more familiar and comfortable with the tasks at hand, I would become responsible for completing the tasks more independently. The assignments and responsibilities I’ve experienced throughout my internship have benefited me in all areas of my daily life—especially in time-management and prioritization! I have gained a wealth of knowledge in the advertising field of magazine publications and am confident in my abilities to pursue a career in this area. As my internship is coming to a quick end, I have begun to feel bittersweet about it—I am sad to be done, but am also looking forward to some much-needed free time. This feeling portrays the fulfillment of the expectations I had originally set at the beginning of my internship: to work hard and learn much, but to also enjoy my experience every step of the way.

Position: Editorial Intern
Student: Plan II Junior

An internship at Texas Monthly is a great introduction to the magazine industry. Editorial interns get a peek into the daily lives of professional writers and also walk away with a better understanding of the larger industry environment within which they operate.

In a typical day, I arrive at the office (on the 17th floor of a big office building on Congress Ave and 9th Street) around 8 or 9am, put my lunch in the fridge and pour a cup of coffee in the kitchen. The first item of business is logging into my personal email address to check if my supervisor or other editors had any news items or new projects for me. I usually spent a good few hours in the morning working hard on transcriptions (which can be fascinating or extremely boring depending on the interviewee) or doing fascinating research for a senior writer working on a criminal justice story. The other interns arrive throughout the morning and we talk and share projects. I usually ate lunch at my desk and worked on easier projects during this time. For instance, I put together a document researching the origin of the Frito Pie and organized a list of Hill Country eateries for a writer who would visit the restaurant the next week for a story. The day-to-day work is generally pretty diverse an I enjoyed having a new project every day or every other day.

I also attended all the editorial meetings and even submitted story ideas one month. Interns were invited to the monthly deadline night that occurred the night before the magazine was set to go to press. It is great to see how hard the staff works on getting the magazine out each month, as well as how tightly knit they are.

Fall 2011

Position: Custom Publishing Intern
Student: French Senior

I was an intern for the custom publishing department at Texas Monthly. Being in custom publishing, meant that I didn’t actually get to work on Texas Monthly, but helped with a variety of magazines that are published under the Texas Monthly heading. A typical day for me included a lot of organizing data or just general organization throughout the office (making file folders). As well, I had a lot of call lists that needed to be done throughout a period of time. Most of the calls were trying to get businesses to sign up to get free issues of particular magazines. As well, I would call people in order to confirm data and information. If call lists weren’t successful, I would need to write several e-mails. Some times I would do photo research for specific covers, or features. A lot of the time I worked on their H-E-B publication, which is published every month. I would create family-friendly calendars of events for each issue as well as writing intro letters for the magazine. Most of the writing I did included writing introductions for different magazines and sections. As well, I was asked a few times to create tag lines for a few different magazines. Once a magazine was ready to be printed it was also my responsibility to proofread pages (both the printed copy and the digital copy). It was also my responsibility to mail out copies of magazines as they were requested either by people who contributed to the issue or people who wrote in and requested more copies. I also got the mail for the department. Finally I helped a little bit with advertising. On one occasion I went through competing magazines advertisers and complied a list of them in order to possibly find new advertisers for us. As well, I created tear sheets to send to advertisers in order to prove that their ads ran in the magazine. I had to be at Texas Monthly for at least 10 hours a week.

Fall 2010

Position: Editorial Intern
Student: English Senior

As an editorial intern at Texas Monthly, I was responsible for a variety of tasks. Firstly, interns are required to work anywhere between 12 and 15 hours per week. Fortunately I was able to create my own schedule around my academic classes, so I worked Mondays and Wednesdays 3pm-5pm and Tuesday and Thursdays 9-1pm. While my tasks varied each week according to deadlines and projects, responsibilities included transcribing interviews, researching specific topics for writers, fact-checking the dining guide each month, and other general tasks. The most common and frequent intern responsibility is transcribing interviews, which can be tedious and difficult but also interesting. For those who are unfamiliar with this process, transcribing requires listening to the audio version of an interview and then recording (typing) exactly what you hear. This process can be tough if the interviewer and/or interviewee speaks too fast, too quiet, or if the recording itself is inaudible. However, completing these transcriptions for the writers was rewarding because they are essential to their stories, and often times I would get incredibly involved in the story itself because I would hear every detail.

In regards to the dining guide, in each issue of the magazine there is a lengthy dining guide for the new and update restaurants in Texas. It’s the interns’ job to call these restaurants and ‘fact-check’ the information that the food critics write. Consequently, as an intern it’s necessary to have excellent phone, research, and typing skills.

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