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Jenna Johnson

Each week the Intern Queen, Lauren Berger, answers questions from college students about landing an internship. Do you have a question? Shoot her an email at lauren@internqueen.com and check back to see if she picked yours.

Hello Lauren,

My name is Gabriele and I am a junior at Penn State. I am very interested in a possible internship with Food & Wine magazine or any other cooking/food related publication. I haven't been able to find much of anything on my own, so I thought I would ask for your help. Hope to hear back from you!

Gabriele, Student at Penn State

Hi Gabriele!

The good news is that the food and wine industry is HUGE, and there are several places that would make great internships for you.

First, I would go to your local bookstore and check out the food and wine section. You will find tons of magazines about the industry, ranging from Rachael Ray's magazine to Food & Wine. Take a notepad and make a list of these magazines - these are all potential places for you to intern.

Try to find out who the publisher of each magazine is (such as American Express Publishing or Conde Nast). Usually you will need to go through the publishing company to find out about internships.

I would also go online and check out some of the new and upcoming wine companies. The key is to think outside the box: magazines, food and wine Web sites, and social media destinations will all give you editorial and marketing experience.

Check these out:

Wine Superstar, Gary Vaynerchuk: http://garyvaynerchuk.com/

The Second Glass: http://www.thesecondglass.com/

The contact information for Food & Wine Magazine is:
http://www.foodandwine.com/contact/

Also, I work with THE NIBBLE, which is in the food and wine industry: http://www.thenibble.com/.

Lauren,

I am searching desperately for fashion internships for the summer of 2010. Even if a job says that it is looking for spring applicants, do you think I should still send my resume and cover letter for the summer? Or should I wait until they post that they will be needing summer interns???

Tessa, University of Kansas '12

Tessa,

I'm so happy that you are on the summer internship hunt. If you are using my Web site and a specific company is posting for spring, I would NOT send your resume because it has the potential to get lost in the shuffle.

Most companies will start looking for summer interns over the next two to four weeks. I would focus on companies that ARE currently searching for summer interns. If we get closer to the summer and there is a specific company you are interested in, let me know and I'll give you the 411 on the internship.

When using other Web sites, if you have the company email address, I would go ahead and email the coordinator. Attach your materials (resume and cover letter), ask them nicely when they might start looking for summer interns and tell them how excited you are to apply for the position.

There are so many great fashion internships all over the country. I'm confident you will find something amazing. Do your best to stay focused and block out a few hours of your day to apply for internships. That way, you know exactly what you applied for and when you applied for it. Good luck!

Hey Lauren,

So my twin wants to get into the [talent] agency business, but he hasn't had the kind of luck that he's wanted. Do you by any chance have any recommendations on what he could do to get an internship for the summer? He is going to UCLA like me, and is just as passionate about being an agent as I am about producing, but his lack of internship
experience in film seems to be working against him. Any ideas? So far, he's hoping for the top four agencies, Paradigm, or APA, but he is--I'm sure--open to anything.

Thanks so much again, Lauren,

Jon, Student at UCLA

P.S. Wanted to let you know that I interviewed for the internship at Gersh that came through you, and got it! Thanks so much!

Hi Jon,

Congratulations on a great spring internship at The Gersh Agency Los Angeles! I'm so glad I could help you on your search. As for your twin, now is the perfect time for him to start applying for internships.

Many of the top talent agency internship program deadlines have already passed BUT he should still look into them to make sure. Many of these internship programs are very exclusive and hard to get because many of the openings go to people who already have contacts at the company. However, he shouldn't feel defeated. There is a whole world of talent agencies out there that will provide a great learning experience.

Students often get more experience at small, boutique companies. Your twin should research a variety of smaller talent agencies and explore the world of management companies. Benderspink and Untitled Entertainment both post on my site. I also suggest he check out Elevation Talent Agency in New York City and APA (both on my site) as well.

Have him apply for at least 10 internships so that he has a backup plan. Since you attend UCLA, I would suggest reaching out to your alumni center and scheduling an appointment to meet with someone from the center. They might be able to put you and your twin in touch with some talent agents that have graduated UCLA. Best of luck to you and your twin!

Hi, I am a student from England and I am seeking an internship in events, marketing or PR in America. Do you have any advice? I am planning a trip to America at the end of May and I'm just not sure how it works if I am based in the UK.

This website is great.... Hope to hear from you soon

Thank you

Sophie, UK Student

Hi Sophie! Thanks for the note. You have come to the right place. My first question for you would be - where are you planning to intern? NYC ? LA ? This will make a difference in terms of which company I suggest.

It's important to remember that U.S. companies will consider your resume just as they consider resumes from students in the states. However, they want to know that you have your visa situation figured out. Most companies don't do much in terms of working with visas. They expect students to take care of everything and then they are happy to welcome them to the company.

To learn more about the specific visa requirements visit:

International Student Web site

US Department of State Web site

I suggest that you look into this process before you come to the U.S. to do potential internship interviews. There is a 120-day notification period after you submit your information for a student visa. You will also need to make sure you have a passport. It will be much easier to apply for an internship when you can confidently tell an employer exactly when you will be in town. Stay patient with this process and good luck! I'm so excited to hear about your U.S. adventures.

About Lauren Berger
Lauren earned the title "Intern Queen" by completing 15 internships during her four years of college at the University of Central Florida. After graduating in 2006, she decided to turn her experience interning into a career and launched Intern Queen Inc. Lauren travels the country to talk to students, runs an internship listing site, blogs and was just named one of BusinessWeek's Top 25 Entrepreneurs 25 and Under in 2009. Lauren can be reached at lauren@internqueen.com.

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By Jenna Johnson  |  February 18, 2010; 4:49 PM ET
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