WHAT’S IT LIKE TO WORK AT PEOPLE? For intern Karen Good, it meant interviewing the likes of rock star Jon Bon Jovi and filmmaker Robert Townsend. But it also meant working into the wee hours, researching hard-to-check details about celebs. “Here it’s not enough to find out just a name, age and occupation,” wrote the 22-year-old of her summer reporting stint in a farewell memo to the staff last month.
Good, a Howard University senior was one of 15 interns who graced PEOPLE’S halls this summer. There were six other college students—Keli Anthony, 19, a New York University junior (who worked in publicity), Aparna Annam, 20, also an NYU junior (design), Paige Baldwin, 21, a Lake Forest College senior (promotion), Andrew Chen, 21, a Rochester Institute of Technology senior (imaging), Myronn Hardy, 21, a University of Michigan senior (reporting), Jennifer Sharkey, 21, a George Washington University senior (marketing)—and one recent grad, Jun Ro, 23, of Northwestern (photo). Four MBA candidates also lent PEOPLE’S publishing side their expertise: Cannon Carr, 26, of Columbia, Gwendolyn Pointer, 25, of the University of Pennsylvania, Ann Stradar, 25, of Northwestern, and Greg Sutter, 28, of the University of Chicago. Three high schoolers from New York City came through a special Time Warner program that created summer jobs for 1,000 economically disadvantaged young people. They were Shawnte Johnson, 16, of Brooklyn’s Edward R. Murrow High School, Fiona Conway, 17, of Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass., and Pershanta Mack, 18, of Alfred E. Smith High School in the Bronx.
Not all the interns will end up going into the magazine business, of course, but they all got a valuable, behind-the-scenes look at pop culture in America. Sutter, for one, says he had a “tremendous summer” and would love to come back to PEOPLE. “There’s electricity in the air here,” he says.
The interns weren’t the only ones busy this summer. This month PEOPLE began testing IN STYLE, a new magazine focusing on the lifestyles of the world’s most fascinating people: their homes, their hobbies, their fashions and the way they live their lives. The first issue features stories on Annette Bening, Jodie Foster and—who else?—Di and Charles. As editor Martha Nelson says: “For anyone who loves the celebrity coverage in PEOPLE, this magazine is an additional pleasure.”