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Caroline Ku: My Experience As A PSFK Intern

Caroline Ku: My Experience As A PSFK Intern
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PSFK is looking for new editorial and consulting interns! Read a first-hand account of the program from our latest editorial star Caroline Ku.

Caroline Ku
  • 17 august 2011

PSFK is looking for bright and talented individuals to intern on our editorial and consulting teams. Writing, editing, research, design, and basic HTML skills are a must, as well as a good familiarity with the WordPress blogging platform. We asked our amazingly gifted current editorial intern, Caroline Ku, to share her thoughts about how her internship has helped her prepare for a career in the creative industries. For all of you who would like to join the editorial team for our four week program, email your CV and a couple of writing samples to dory@psfk.com. For those more interested in the consulting side of the business, email our Director of Consulting at scott@psfk.com.

The first thing you need to know about being an editorial intern at PSFK is that between the hours of 10 – 6, there is no surfing the web or snooping on Facebook.

Not because they don’t allow it, But because you just won’t have the time.

Since I’ve been here, there has hardly been a slow day. Even as I grab my morning coffee, I know there are a bunch of exciting tasks waiting for me. And from there, it’s pretty much non-stop until end of day. Aside from the regular daily duties there are constant pop-up tasks that keep you on your toes.

But I love it. That’s what I came here to do. I took the Greyhound 11 hours from Toronto to intern in New York City this summer and I knew it would be a different kind of vacation.

I’m constantly busy copyediting, writing and publishing posts on a daily basis. I’ve helped with outreach for the recently released PSFK publication, the Future of Retail report, done lay out for client-sponsored newsletters and interviewed guest speakers for the upcoming PSFK San Francisco Conference.

The job involves using WordPress and some light Photoshop skills. If you have a basic knowledge of HTML, that would help too. Good research skills are important. And you should also have a general idea of what’s going on in the blogosphere and be aware of news around the world.

The more you open yourself to them, the more everyone at PSFK will help you accomplish what you want to.

Learning about the business and what it takes to be an entrepreneur was something I was interested in and I was able to sit down with PSFK CEO and Founder, Piers Fawkes, to chat about it.

But whether it’s video or design skills that you can offer to PSFK, just let them know. There are no doors in the office so you can walk up to anyone and talk to them about anything. There’s also no door for them to slam on you. Not that that would ever happen. Everyone here is so nice, warm and welcoming.

As for perks? My Metropass was covered for the two months I was here and of course there was some free beer. But the biggest perk was the joint experience of spending a summer in New York City while having the opportunity to work at a really rewarding internship.

Thanks Caroline!

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