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The Kids in the Hall
July 31, 2006
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."
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July 31, 2006

The Kids In The Hall

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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.

For more information on SPORTS ILLUSTRATED and Time Inc.'s intern program, email Campus_RecruitingHR@timeinc.com.

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