An aspiring writer and fashionista moves to the Big Apple in search of success, luck, and the latest Louis Vuitton pumps. Sound like the perfect plot for a bestselling “chick-lit” novel? Maybe, but it’s also the life of Madeleine Frank: Harvard student, English major and O, The Oprah Magazine intern from Arlington, Virginia.
Frank, who hopes to one day be an author of her preferred genre of “smart chick-lit” in addition to editor-in-chief of a major women’s magazine, has enough experience at 21 years old to give Andrea Sachs (the main character in the “Devil Wears Prada”) a run for her money.
Since her freshman year, Frank has worked at HerCampus magazine, an online publication founded at her ivy league university; Make It Happen, a magazine distributed at an annual women in business conference that attracts leading ladies like Diane von Furstenberg and Rachel Zoe (the latter of whom she got to interview personally for a front page story); Washington Life; and Zoora, a public relations fashion magazine.
This also isn’t Frank’s first summer in NYC. Last summer, she spent her time interning at Teen Vogue in the fashion closet. Now she’s back, but this time she’s an editorial intern at the publication belonging to media mogul Oprah Winfrey.
The choice to work at O was easy, explained Frank, who sought a working environment that mirrored her fun-loving yet professional demeanor.
“I hoped in choosing O, a publication that focuses on the amazing things that women do and living your best life, that the staff would be really nice, and I was right,” Frank said. “It’s been a great experience and there’s never a boring day.”
In addition to researching for feature stories, working on articles related to food and fitness, and converting the print edition into digital format for the iPad app, Frank also gets to attend press events and live out what she and her mother have labeled “the charmed life.”
“I feel like everyday is absolutely amazing and there’s just so much to be grateful for.”
Tommie Ethington, ASME Intern, Field & Stream