Externship opens doors in magazine industry for Gettysburg College grad

As a political science major at Gettysburg College, Brooke Engeldrum '10 was not exactly thinking about looking for a job in the magazine industry. However, with a one-day externship with Time Inc., a subsequent internship at Cooking Light magazine, and a little bit of effort, the magazine industry is precisely where she found herself.

Engeldrum, a West Islip, N.Y. native, gained her first exposure to the magazine industry in 2008 during an externship with Brendan Ripp '99, publisher for TIME, Time.com, and Life.com. The externship was organized through the College's Center for Career Development (CCD). After a day of intensive learning about the industry at the Time and Life Building in New York City, Engeldrum's interests were piqued.

"I learned so much about the magazine industry from Brendan that day," said Engeldrum. "It's so wonderful that the Center for Career Development offers great opportunities for students such as externships."

Following her externship, Engeldrum took it upon herself to not only learn all she could about the magazine industry, but also make contacts with people who worked in it. Additionally, she maintained contact with Ripp.

Brooke Engeldrum '10Her diligence and networking paid off. Engeldrum made her way back to Time Inc. and New York in the summer of 2009, this time as a marketing intern for Cooking Light.

Engeldrum's internship included assisting marketing managers and helping create, promote, and execute sweepstakes. She was also able to travel to Boston to assist with the Cooking Light signature program, "Boston Supper Club".

"During my internship, I gained valuable experience in working in a professional environment," said Engeldrum. "I was also able to see the real-life application of what I was reading about in my marketing textbook."

Throughout her time at Cooking Light Engeldrum also expanded her network of contacts, including Gettysburg College alumni.

"Brendan really helped me meet people," added Engeldrum. "He put me in touch with a lot of contacts he had in the industry and that was very helpful."

After her internship, the Relay For Life captain, Delta Gamma sister, and Center for Public Service volunteer continued to pursue her academic interests, studying abroad in Bath, England first semester of senior year and returning to campus for her final semester. That is not to say, however, that Engeldrum neglected her pursuit of finding her place in the magazine industry.

During spring break of her senior year, rather than hitting the beach, Engeldrum further networked with contacts of Ripp's.

Her persistence was not in vain. In the spring of 2010, just before graduation, a sales position at Cooking Light opened up. Engeldrum was offered the job and accepted it. She began her career in the magazine industry in June.

While Engeldrum's proactive attitude was largely responsible for her post-graduation career success, she admits that she would likely not be where she is today without opportunities from the CCD and Ripp's guidance.

"Brendan and I would love to offer future externships at Time Inc.," said Engeldrum. "It would be great to offer more Gettysburg students the opportunity I had."

Founded in 1832, Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences with a strong academic tradition that includes Rhodes Scholars, a Nobel laureate and other distinguished scholars among its alumni. The college enrolls 2,600 undergraduate students and is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania.

Contact: Nikki Rhoads, assistant director of communications, 717.337.6803

Posted: Mon, 22 Nov 2010

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