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Art/design intern for Out magazine in New York City

John Sperandeo '11 (graphic design)

Posted 04.01.11 by MICA communications

John Sperandeo '11
Found internship ...

by e-mailing art directors and designers at any magazine I was interested in interning at, whether or not I knew they were looking for summer interns.


I would like to be an art director at a magazine one day, so being in the art department each day was the perfect place to learn how all of that works.


Most of my tasks revolved around designing elements for the magazine. This included placing text for the articles into layouts, working with photographs, and updating "the board" as that month's issue was being completed. The art director always asked for input on layouts for the main editorials and allowed me to mock-up my own layouts from scratch.


The Out offices were a really exciting place to work. Everyone was full of energy and energized about what they were doing. Nick Vogelson, the art director, was the main person I worked under. In addition to having the task of laying out the entire magazine each month, he also did exciting side projects with other companies, including laying out books for artists and films. He was a great teacher and I learned a lot about publication design under his guidance.


I was surprised to learn the pace of the magazine world. Right down to the print deadline, things still have to be figured out. As hectic and stressful as it is, it is always worth it to see the final, polished magazine come back from the printer.

Lessons learned:

I learned to be aggressive and don't sell yourself short--don't e-mail five or six magazines or design firms. E-mail 50 or 60. Also, it was great to get the experience of working as a team, including collaborating with people not rooted in the graphic design world: writers, photographers, fashion stylists, etc.