Heat Magazine Internship. Week One: Day One

Monday, 2 June 2014

It seems surreal that I'm sitting here writing about the beginning of my two week internship at heat magazine. When I applied for the opportunity on Go Think Big (if you're looking for work experience opportunities, this website is amazing), I genuinely didn't think I had a chance given the calibre and volume of people that would be applying. But much to my surprise, a week after applying I got a phone call inviting me to complete a two week placement. Eeeeeeeeek! Excited didn't even cut it.

Travelling to London is expensive, and while heat kindly contribute £50 per week towards travel expenses it's costing me £170 for two weeks which covers my train to Euston and a travelcard zones 1-6. Although it leaves me £70 out of pocket, it was simply an opportunity I wasn't willing to turn down. If you are looking to intern in London, it's worth calculating the cost before getting a wealth of experience as most places won't contribute towards travel expenses.

While writing this post I've realised there's quite a lot to say about one day so I'm going to post daily while I'm at heat. Writing about two or three days in one post is going to be waaay too text heavy. Anyway... working on the fashion and beauty desk at a leading national celeb magazine is literally my dream job, so to say I was nervous and excited is an understatement. I obviously wanted to make a good impression so I may have gone a little overboard on a pre heat shopping spree. Oops!

Day 1: Monday 2nd June



I wore a black chiffon jumpsuit from New Look with a textured orange blazer from H&M and a pair of black slingback River Island shoes with gold buckle detailing. Just as I was about to leave, the strap on my jumpsuit broke so my nan had to frantically sew it in hope it would secure. I got the 8.19am train to Euston and arrived at 8.50am. As I was walking from the overground to the underground my strap broke AGAIN so I had to make a toilet stop to try and re-secure it. I then hopped on the northern line and three stops later got off at Tottenham Court Road. As I put the address into Google Maps my internet thought it would be appropriate to not work... brilliant. I asked a lady if she knew where Shaftsbury Avenue was and she kindly let me walk with her to the top of the road where we parted. Luckily, after a 30 second walk, I found myself outside Endeavour House - the home of heat mag.

Despite some minor wardrobe malfunctions and internet hiccups, I was still early so I sat across the road for twenty minutes while I waited to go in. I had to report to a lady called Hannah so at 9.45am (I started at 10) I went into the building, up to the first floor and waited in reception for her. I was beyond nervous as heat is such a huge deal, and was praying that she would be nice and welcoming. I needn't have worried as Hannah was so so lovely. She showed me round, told me all my login details and gave me a copy of the next day's mag to read through. Next she set me loose on the beauty cupboard which is insaaaane. Literally every beauty junkies dream. I tidied everything up and sorted all the products into the correct boxes. Afterwards, she showed me how to use Fashion Monitor to send samples back to stores and PR companies.

Hannah then showed myself and Eleanor - another work experience girl who had been there the week before as well - how to use Rex Features which is an image website. All the latest press images are published on there and she showed us how to use it to research new trends and find celebs in the same dresses for 'Who wore it best?' articles. That brought us to lunchtime so me and Eleanor walked up to Pret and grabbed some lunch. We chatted about work experience and uni amongst other things and I was pleased to be with someone who I genuinely got on with. On our way back we stopped off at the courier office which is another one of our regular jobs. We have to pop down every hour or so to pick up any deliveries for the office staff. The fashion and beauty girls get various deliveries throughout the day so it's important they don't all stack up.

After lunch I used the Rex Features site to find celebs in the same outfit as Hannah asked me to write a couple of 'Who wore it best?' pieces which I was more than happy to do. The pieces had to be around 200 words each and I really enjoyed researching the designers, a bit of background info about the celebs and putting my own twist on the articles while in-keeping with the heat tone and style of writing. Hannah liked both pieces and is going to publish them on the website tomorrow - yay! Hannah then emailed me to ask for my answer to next week's heat headmast question which appears in the print edition. Mine was a no brainer - I'm not going to give it away but all my teenage memories come flooding back every time.

For the last half an hour I helped Hannah out with a summer trends piece by looking for items online. I browsed various websites and sent her links I thought were appropriate. It's crazy how tasks like that which I thoroughly enjoy are part of daily life at heat, which just shows me how this is definitely the right career path for me. I know I won't be researching clothes all the time, but it's an element of the job which is definitely appealing. Working for a major mag means perks galore and Coca Cola visited with a personalised label machine. How cool! I popped down and got a free bottle of coke with my name on. I've never come across a Nicole coke, but now I have one that was made just for me!

Just before 5 Hannah said I could go home and thanked me for my help. I was so happy she was so friendly along with Andy who sits opposite and does all the video stuff for heat world. We chatted throughout the day and the time flew by. After leaving the office at 5 I was home by 6 which isn't a bad journey by any stretch of the imagination. OH and may I just add that Lucie Cave smiled AND waved to me through the heat radio window. I was seriously fangirling. I follow her on Twitter and Instagram and absolutely love her wedding blog she writes for Grazia Daily (she's tying the knott to Ben Lunt in September). I had such a fun day and now the first day nerves are over I can't wait to go back tomorrow.

8 comments:

  1. Ahh I'm chuffed for you! I remember growing up, interning at Heat was THE DREAM :) Looking forward to reading more about it. x

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    1. Thank you! I'll be posting every day so hopefully you'll enjoy reading the rest :) X

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  2. Oh wow, what an amazing opportunity! You'll be amazing Nicole, enjoy every day of it! xx

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    1. Thank you Amber! I intend in making the most of my two weeks there and I'm loving it already!X

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  3. Lucky you! I also want a career in magazine journalism so I'm going to try and look for internship opportunities at various publications this summer! After reading your post, I really hope I get an opportunity like this too! x

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    1. It's such a good idea to start looking now! Go Think Big is really helpful as well. As long as you're passionate about it and persistent you'll secure a placement!X

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  4. You will be great! Make the most of it!

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    1. Thanks Emily, I'm loving it so far! Hope your job is going well X

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