We love our interns — no exaggeration — and we get a big kick out of seeing the range of resumes that arrive in our inbox. Now, you never know what will get our attention (the Rapper got an interview, the Model did not), but the highlights below teach a helpful lesson: take a glance at the magazine before writing in. The following are excerpts of applications that brightened our day with either a cringe or a smile. (After a while, we stopped being able to tell the difference.)
Best Cover-Letter Lines
"I can review pop culture items from albums, to plays, even the opera with a skill and perspicacity that belies my scant twenty-two years of age."
"When people think of sites like Nerve.com they think of internet geeks who live for all things Star Wars, or women who make it their sole purpose in life not to ever shave again and conform for society."
"I think I can bring a sophisticated, yet irreverent, voice to any travel/dining/drinking articles on your site."
"Armed with a degree in English Literature, I continue to absorb and practice verbal and written communication."
"I’m a sublime synthesis of the refined and the retarded." Ed. note: Okay, so we hired this guy. Wouldn’t you?
Most Puzzling Story Pitches
How to Trick a Vegan into Dating You.
Obsession with Celebrity. ("These people who are making a living by being a celebrity are having their private lives splashed all over the news.")
An Expose on Mother’s Day.
"She was wife, mother, lover, and confidante to him. This was the role she chose, but when she discovers his infidelity life takes a turn for the ultimate worse. Was her death by apparent suicide an accident?"
Single Most Impressive Resume Item
Editorial Assistant, Floor Covering Weekly magazine.
Most Memorable Writing Sample
A piece of fiction from the POV of Michael Gelman, producer of Live! With Regis and Kathie Lee. We’re treated to a sympathetic view of Gelman’s week, suffering the obnoxious Regis, the catty Kathie and the inebriated Merv Griffin. At the end of the piece, Gelman finds his soul mate: guest star Laura Dern. And there’s not a dry eye in the whole studio audience.