Reading through our choices this year for Baltimore’s “Best Places to Work”, I noted with interest the role that internships played in the careers of some of the employees we talked to.
But the value of a good internship is hardly limited to the intern: Companies benefit enormously from these experiences, not just in terms of talent but also because they often end up morphing into full-time staffers.
That’s certainly the case at Baltimore, which has operated a serious and invaluable internship program for as long as anyone can remember.
Most of these unsung heroes, usually juniors and seniors, come from area colleges and universities and spend a semester here for credit. The most visible among these is the platoon of interns in the editorial department, who are recruited, vetted, and trained by assistant managing editor Amy Mulvihill. Their primary role is to fact check the stories written by our staff and by freelance writers under our editors’ direction.
They’re not just in editorial, though: Over the years, interns have become an important part of almost every department, from graphic design, marketing, website and social media, event planning, and Bride production to fashion and lifestyle where they help style editor Hilary Geisbert select items for shoots.
And, as with the companies we talked to for the “Best Places to Work” survey, it’s not uncommon for the magazine to bring the best and brightest interns on board as paid staffers or freelancers after they get their degrees—on our current roster, that would include (now-grizzled) senior editor Jess Blumberg, style editor Geisbert, and marketing and events coordinator Shelly May.
I salute them all: We couldn’t do it without them.
Finally, on a totally unrelated matter, here’s my vote for the late Art Modell, who brought football back to Baltimore, and former Ravens tackle Jonathan Ogden for the Hall of Fame. It’ll all be decided Feb. 2, the day before the Super Bowl, in New Orleans, a few days after this issue hits the streets. I’m keeping my fingers crossed.