Redefining the Classroom

Internship lands marketing student inside Glamour magazine

Posted: October 7th, 2011

FASHION YES-YES -- Lake Superior State University Meaghan Parker holds the October issue of Glamour in which she appears. The marketing senior interned this past summer in the Glamour's New York City editorial offices. (LSSU/John Shibley)

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SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. – Lake Superior State University senior Meaghan Parker wrapped up a dream summer job at Glamour magazine by being featured in the October issue's "Dress Your Body" feature.

Parker, a resident of Elizabethtown, Kentucky, who is majoring in marketing, worked for Glamour in New York City this past summer as an accessories intern. The magazine covers fashion, beauty, and healthy lifestyle.

Parker found herself in the internship after her uncle passed along the contact information for Glamour editor-in-chief assistant Jessica Duncan. She described having that piece of paper with the contact information on it the same as is she were receiving a piece of gold. She said it took a while to get enough courage to contact Duncan, and then it took six months of back-and-forth e-mail messages for her to get in contact with someone at the magazine who was interested in having her as an intern.

Finally, a phone interview was arranged and within 10 minutes she was hired for the intern position by Glamour's accessories assistant Brooke Danielson.

"No joke, she asked me when I could be in NYC and that was that," Parker said.

The first week working as a Glamour intern required Parker to check in and label the accessory shipments as well as bring them to the photo shoots. After getting into the swing of things, she started to go on runs which required her to pick up the samples from designer studios, stores, corporate or public relations offices.

"Lake State set me up with a great marketing mind. I was able to understand how and why photo shoots were set up the way they were," she said.

Reflecting back on her time in the Big Apple, Parker described how she enjoyed her mornings before work drinking Starbucks coffee in the middle of Times Square. Coffee seemed to fuel her work.

"I became a Gold Member at Starbucks," she said. "You have to drink a lot of coffee to get the card. It's gold and even has my name on it!"

When Parker found out that interns are sometimes featured in the magazine, she immediately started making the right calls and getting the necessary material, including head and body photographs, to help the editors consider featuring her. Everything came together, and after a fitting and photo shoot, the editors decided to feature Parker in "Dress Your Body." Photographers took "before" and "after" pictures following a makeover she had for the article.

New York certainly left its imprint on Parker, just as she had thought it would. Aside from her modeling stint, and working with high-end jewelry from places such as Tiffany & Co., Parker ran into several celebrities such as Jennifer Aniston, Alicia Keys, and Demi Moore, while helping with the October cover shoot.

"Getting the opportunity to work for Glamour magazine and the amazing editors I got to work under was a chance of a lifetime. The internship changed my whole career path."


CONTACTS: John Shibley, e-mail, 906-635-2314; Tom Pink, e-mail, 635-2315.