Intern Magazine: Issue One

A couple of months back I posted about a Kickstarter project – intern magazine. Well, including my £20 pledge, the £5,500 target was totally smashed and reached £7,115 which meant that this was able to happen:


Issue One of intern magazine printed and delivered to my door! As part of my pledge package, my name is printed in the backers list on the inside cover:

Within Issue One there is a variety of articles, interviews and photo stories from and surrounding the topic of interns. With a range of creatives coming together, it must have been hard to decide on a style that would suit everyone but I think the magazine is beautifully crafted:

She Was Only have delivered simple but clever typography…

… clean, gridded page layouts…

… and beautiful imagery.

Through out the magazine, quotes are highlighted in a bigger point size and sans serif font, setting the tone for articles:

intern magazine creates a rounded view of the intern situation and explores both sides of the debate – being paid and working unpaid. I have my own opinion about the treatment of interns, but I think it’s important to look at the argument objectively and intern magazine does this well. A variety of experiences and opinions are presented, and I hope that this encourages more people to recognise and get involved with the debate.

For the industry to change its current ways, it’s going to be a long and slow process – if it ever happens! The topic of Interns has been a bit of a taboo until recently, but with a few well respected and successful creatives voicing their opinions, more people have started to take notice.

The story of how Vincy, a student at Parsons New School for Design, became Mike Perry’s intern is an interesting one:

I won’t spoil it for you (because you’re going to buy Issue One, right?) but it’s a great read with insight from both intern and mentor.

Also showing support for interns is Mr Bingo – well known for his hate mail series of insults, his colourful language and opinions continue:

His message to anyone asking him to work for free? ‘Get fucked you motherfucker’. I love swearing 🙂

And of course, the magazine wouldn’t be complete without case studies of real students turned interns:

I love hearing/reading about experiences and I think it’s important to share them to show others what is achievable. I know all too well how much of an emotional roller coaster it is leaving University and making the transition into the industry. Sharing success stories helps creatives to keep a can do attitude and pick themselves up from any knock backs – which are pretty common in this industry!

This is only a fraction of what intern magazine has to offer – there are 140 pages full of inspiration, motivation and discussion. I can imagine that Alec and the intern team felt quite a lot of pressure to produce something amazing, but I think they have done just that! I am so excited for the future of the magazine and the intern debate – who knows what will happen? One thing I do know though – you should get yourself a copy of Issue One, available online and at selected stockists. Meet the talent, join the debate! – intern’s tagline.

And all of this in a beautifully printed magazine with foil detailing – whoever said print was dead!? I can’t wait for Issue Two now…

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