August 3, 2010
Getting to Know the Summer Interns
Every summer, for a month-and-a-half, we at MSLO, open our doors to a group of college students and recent graduates who work as interns in various departments of the company. I had the opportunity to meet them all last week at a lunch I attended at my offices in the Starrett Lehigh building in New York City. I spoke informally to the group and tried to give them a bit of advice. I talked about the importance of profitability, about quality of products, and about the need to maintain high standards. I found the interns to be earnest, interested, interesting, with a good sense of humor.
1 Because it was such a fun group, I turned the luncheon into a Q & A.
2 Carrie, an International Editorial Intern was first to ask me a question.
3 She wanted to know how it feels to see Living Magazine in different languages. I told her that as an educator, it thrills me to reach out to as many people as possible across the globe.
4 Art Intern, Rachel, asked if I ever imagined I would get to where I am today? I explained that it isn't about trying to get anywhere, but how to turn my ideas into reality.
5 Alexus, an Editorial Intern, wanted to know where I find inspiration. I explained that I have always made it a point to learn something new every day and inspiration comes to me from carefully observing and by reading.
6 Melanie, an Editorial Copy Intern, asked my views on MSLO's growth and where the Martha brand might be in the 10 years? I emphasized that to grow and prosper, you must always have fresh and exciting ideas.
7 Nick, Editorial and Home Decorating Intern, asked me how I built my empire. After lunch, all the interns received a copy of my book, The Martha Rules, which explains it all.
8 Sarah, an Art Intern, wanted to know if I preferred cookies or brownies. My answer? Cookies!
9 Andrew, a Law intern, asked me how to get candle wax off of his wool suit. I suggested that he take it to a really good dry cleaner.
10 Nina, an Editorial Intern for Living Magazine, asked me which facet of MSLO is most dear to me.
11 That would be my website http://www.marthastewart.com. We work hard to make it an online source of information that anyone can access from anywhere.
12 Melissa, Art Department intern for Living Magazine, asked how I would advise a college graduate launching a career. I responded by never taking the easy way out and to always seek a challenge.
13 Jessica, Intern in the Art Department for Whole Living, wondered how I handle the pressure of being involved in all aspects of the company. Answer - I focus my attention on one thing at a time.
14 This is Annick, a Photo Intern.
15 Holly and Maryanna, Interns in the Style department for Weddings Magazine, took lots of notes.
16 A nice group shot
17 Angelica, a Finance Intern and Amy, a Consumer Marketing Intern, have become good friends working together.
18 Nate and Kirk arrived in matching outfits.
19 Carly, a Product Design Intern, Andrew, a Retail Merchandising Intern, and Courtney, a Retail Marketing Intern became friendly with each other.
20 Jaime and Andrew, law interns
21 Christina and Emily, Executive Interns who have been working at my home in Bedford