If you think that
joining the ranks of Sports Illustrated interns is a long and arduous process,
well, normally you would be right. In most cases it involves essays, interviews
and enough clips to start a bonfire. But Stephen Skalocky discovered a more
direct path. A May graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology, Skalocky won
a design contest conducted by the Society of Publication Designers. Contest
entrants were asked to create a four-page informational guide that would be
useful for a young person traveling on a budget. Skalocky's project: a guide to
cheap sex shows in Amsterdam. His reward for this outstanding act of
humanitarianism: a $2,500 check and a paid internship in SI's art department.
"When they told me I was going to work at SI, I flipped out," says
Skalocky, the North Bellmore, N.Y., resident, one of two art department
interns, along with Philadelphia University grad Keir Novesky. "If you like
sports, there's no better place to work."
As the SI brand
continues to grow, so does the number of interns. SI Kids' Chris Korman, who
joined Nicki Jhabvala and Melissa Kong as interns at the monthly magazine, has
a master's degree in journalism from Columbia and is on his way to Bloomington,
Ind., next month for a full-time job covering sports for the Herald-Times.
Research intern Sarah Kwak has a uniquely informed perspective on the Duke
lacrosse scandal, having covered the story for the school paper in Durham, N.C.
Joining Kwak in SI's research department are Kelly Doyle ( Wisconsin), Seamus
Kelly (Fordham), Rebecca Plevin (Northwestern) and Zain Shauk (USC). Plevin, a
journalism major from Potomac, Md., balanced her journalistic experiences with
an informal tour of Manhattan's yoga studios.
This summer's crew
has found creative ways to make the most of its opportunities. Harvard senior
Pablo Torre, who works at SI.com with Joshua Erenstein, a senior at Delbarton
High School in Morristown, N.J., interviewed the fan who caught Barry Bonds's
714th home run. Photo intern Scott Schild, an art studio major at SUNY Potsdam,
was complimented by a wire-service photographer at a Mets game for the pictures
he took for SI.com's World Cup Pub Blog. News bureau intern Daniel Malloy
covered the July 12 WNBA All-Star Game for the website, but his SI career
started six weeks earlier with a different sport. "I got a call from [news
bureau chief and SI softball coach] Doug Goodman a few days before I started
work," says Malloy, a senior at North Carolina. "He said, 'Daniel, this
is your boss. We're playing softball in Central Park. Get down here.'"
To a woman, and
man, the interns agree that a nine-week internship at SI is a transforming
experience. "Asking what I knew about journalism before I got here is like
asking someone what they know about American history before taking American
History 101," says copy desk intern Josh Perlin, an assistant sports editor
at The Cornell Daily Sun. "I learned that fact-checking is rampant at SI
and that insane hours aren't limited to newspaper employees." Welcome,
Josh, to the endless summer.
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