Roger Hodge, Harper's Magazine
Hodge was originally turned down for an internship with the magazine in 1996, but received a call back a few days later, reports The New York Times. Moving from intern to fact checker and on up the chain, Hodge became editor in 2006, landing two National Magazine Awards for his Harper's work. He left four years later and focused on writing. In 2012, Hodge became editor of Oxford American.
Lesson: Make plenty of contacts during your internship. They could mean a job later on.
The contacts you make during an internship are just as important as the work you actually do, says Getchell. In addition to focusing on their job performance, interns also should invest time in getting to know their co-workers and maintain contact with them and their supervisor after the internship is over.
"An intern should really strive, of course, (to have) a strong relationship with their immediate supervisor and co-workers, but I would also say to the extent that it's possible, they should also try to get to know people in other departments because that can really help expand their professional network," she says.