I've lost count of the amount of jobs and internships i've applied for since leaving University. That's not because there have been hundreds or I don't care about them enough to remember, but once I hit that send button I try my hardest to close the lid on it so I don't spend the next few weeks desperately checking my emails and worrying about my CV being binned. This was exactly my thought when I applied for the beauty internship at Good Housekeeping, as part of their Foot in the Door campaign. I thought it was such a long shot I may as well forget about it and focus on other things, so you can imagine my surprise when I found out i'd been successful!
For two weeks I worked with the Beauty team at the iconic Hearst building. I wrote content for the website, attended press days and helped work on the big November issue. It gave me an amazing insight into what it takes to create an issue and has made me realise that this is definitely something that I want to pursue as a career. The team were so lovely and made me feel really welcome. They asked me for ideas and I was never stuck for something to do - something that i've found to be a regular occurrence with internships. I just realised this morning that my first piece has been published on the GH website - take a look here. The only downside is that they couldn't set me up with my own Author name so it doesn't technically say that I wrote it, which is such a shame!
It was such a great experience and the only downside is that two weeks went far too quickly. I'm now looking for internships and employment elsewhere but my hope is that I can return there and work with the team again in the near future. The Foot in the Door scheme is a fantastic way to gain an insight into working on a professional publication and I would definitely recommend applying next year if you want to work in magazines. So it's back to reality for me for now, but I now have lots of amazing freebies to blog about and lots of jobs to apply for!