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Ouur Media Kinfolk

Spring 2016 

Position: Editorial Intern
Student: American Studies Senior

Being an Editorial Intern at Ouur Media/Kinfolk has been an invaluable experience in my college career. It is relatively difficult to write a description of the internship and internship site, largely because the company is in transition: Ouur just moved its headquarters from Portland, Oregon to Copenhagen, Denmark, where I completed my internship. 

A typical day at the office starts at 9AM and ends at 5PM with a one-hour break for lunch and a 15 to 30 minute afternoon “tea time” where everyone takes a few minutes to chat. For the amount of work they produce, Ouur is an extremely small company. The number of people in the Copenhagen office fluctuates between eight and ten. The small team translates to a very focused work environment. Something that I particularly appreciate about the office, however, is that everyone – not just the interns – participates in menial tasks such as doing grocery runs, organizing the office, and preparing for daily tea time. In fact, recently, we hosted a launch dinner for B&O Play in our gallery space. Three members of the team were at the dinner, while the rest of us, including one of the company’s cofounders, helped to serve the meal. In a sense, Ouur is very much like a large family.

Naturally, as Editorial Intern, my main duties lie with Kinfolk: conducting research, transcribing interviews, writing copy, etc. However, with such a small workforce, I help in all departments as needed. Personally, I found this to be very rewarding, as I was able to develop skills in communications, art direction, marketing, and business. Furthermore, I was able to strengthen my understanding of the company as a whole. I was also asked to participate in meetings about the company’s business plan, mission and goals, and structure. I found it really unique that I was not only invited to sit in on such influential meetings but that I was able to contribute ideas. I believe that is very telling of the internship experience: ultimately, at Ouur, you are treated as much more than an intern. For the period you are there, you are welcomed as an employee and as part of the our family.

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