Thursday, June 10th, 2010
My new summer interns just started at Washington Life and already I think they could ID half the socialites in the city. What an amazing (pointlees) skill to have! We have really been lucky at WL with our interns and I count so many of them as friends who I really enjoy watching leave the college nest and storm the real world. I have no doubt this new crop – Kate, Lauren, and Macey – will prove to be just as fabulous.
Growing up in DC, I had a heck of a lot of internships. I once had one where my boss brought me a sponge and asked me to clean out the mold from the office fridge. I swear I could have created a 100 doses of penicillin with all the spores in that refrigerator. I should have been handed a lawn mower instead of a sponge to whack through it all. I also once had to put together a 100 page PowerPoint presentation on the sewer systems in Belgium. To this day I remember nothing except that I used the colors black and yellow for my theme. Maybe it’s those incidents that really makes me appreciate my interns. It’s good we all have a little pain sometimes then we can try to remember not to inflict it on others.
So welcome Kate, Macey, and Lauren. We promise to appreciate the hell out of you (since we are paying you in bylines and celeb meet and greets) and throw ridiculous costume parties. My advice to you: learn the difference between an em dash and an en dash and stay away from Adrian Grenier, he’s a perv.
Letters from the gals of the ed team below!
Friday, May 21st, 2010
It’s that time at Washington Life where we bid adieu to our spring interns and bonjour to our summer ones. We had an amazing group of girls this time – Dina, Carley, Ali, and Ansley – and I am just not sure if I am mentally tough enough to transition to new girls for summer. Dina’s last day was today and she so sweetly wrote Kelly and I these beautiful cards and gave us bags full of presents from CUSP. Of course, we should be the ones showering her with gifts. As a grad student at Georgetown, her writing was at the next level and Kel and I loved having her pretty much just write our pieces for us as we dealt with crying socialites.
Dina and all the other great interns who have come through our doors at WL are so utterly responsible it almost intimidates me. I remember sitting at Vassar graduation hungover as all hell after three hours sleep thinking “oh no…was I supposed to apply for a job?” It took me a few years after I had my diploma in hand to finally get one. But my interns all take classes, intern three days a week, write for their school papers, run their sororities, blog, vlog, and still manage to be incredibly fun and motivated. They’re amazing. Some have gotten jobs already and others are still looking and it seems no one is going the Karin Tanabe route where they fly to a foreign country and ignore reality for several years to be a hobo.
So to all the interns I have been lucky enough to work with who graduated this week – Megan, Georgia, Ali, Allison, Kara, Ansley, and Dina – congratulations! The world awaits and it will be a much more fabulous place with you all in it.
Carley on the left and Dina on the right holding down the fort at a recent fashion shoot. We had such a great group this semester - I'm so sad to see them go!