I’ve been on this search for an internship this Summer for about three months now. I’ve come up empty, and not because I didn’t inquire at ten to fifteen companies. So many places have been not interested, not communicated that they don’t even have designers, until after 2 weeks of reviewing my resume (*cough meredith *cough,), or simply hired someone else before I could get an interview. But there’s one place that took a close look at my work and my resume and asked for an interview. That is August Home Publishing. Although this is the last place that I’ve found, it doesn’t mean they are any less of a favorite of mine. In fact, they are the most interesting in the things they do.
Today was the day.
I took the three hour drive to Des Moines for my interview. I was really amazed at how large, yet small they are. They produce five magazines about woodworking, cooking and gardening. They also publish books with some of the same great articles in their magazines. The intern for this Summer will be working on a book for woodworking tutorials. Their office buildings are very unique: One was once a mansion, but now is three floors of offices and meeting rooms. The interior design is really cool too, and that might be because the furniture is probably all made by their in-house woodworking guys. I say they are large because they produce so many publications, yet their number of staff is small compared to what I would think they would need. They have a test kitchen, photography studio, gardening center and fitness center. It’s like their own little community.
I’d like to thank Randy (www.shebekart.com), for taking me to lunch and guiding me through the important information I needed to know before going into the interview. Also, thanks to Jeremy (www.crawlspacemedia.com) for his encouragement and random facebooking the day before I actually got to meet him.