This week was my last as an intern at Flavorpill. This was the most spur of the moment internship I’ve ever had. Story? I’m interning at Gawker one day when I get my daily Flavorpill newsletter (I’ve been receiving for about 3 years). I saw that they were looking for interns in their New York office.
So I went for it, I had a few days a week to spare! I knew the more connections and experience I could rack up, the more impressive my resume would be, and hopefully the closer I’d be to a job. Luckily they were looking for marketing and design interns, and even offered a stipend. I sent an email right away explaining my experience in both departments and attached my resume. I did this on Tuesday. By Thursday I was in the office for an interview (down the street from Gawker) and Friday I was there learning the ropes from the lead graphic designer. It all happened so fast!
I came aboard right as they were about to execute the largest event they’d ever done, Yoga at the Great Lawn. I was able to help at that event and after party, as well as their show at the Northside Festival the next weekend. I learned a lot about HTML newsletters and such, and got a lot of great additions for my portfolio. I also designed the infographic, “The Hipster Fashion Cycle,” which went viral. Most recently I designed “The Grand Tournament of Movie Franchises.” You can see more of my work from Flavorpill here.
Flavorpill’s work environment is really unique. They have “free lunch Fridays” where we all sit together and have a meeting while we enjoy delicious food. Then the managing editor, Leah Taylor, lets us know the best events happening over the weekend. They also have stretch breaks! Every few hours everyone gets up and stretches together, some people even do push ups, and we all chat. It really wakes you up and breaks up the day. I believe this sort of thing is what makes people love going into work.
Although short lived, I am so thankful I had the chance to work at a company I had admired for so long. After being behind the scenes and meeting the people who run Flavorpill, I admire the it even more.