‘Kent State Helped Me Find My Voice’: Senior Reflects on Fashion Media Internship

Grace Clarke in NYC

Kent State senior Grace Clarke, ’24, has her dreams set on pursuing a career in New York City’s fashion media industry.

During her final semester, the journalism major interned at L’OFFICIEL USA, offering her a glimpse into the industry. As an editorial intern, Clarke produced well-researched stories on topics including fashion, culture and lifestyle. One of her favorite projects involved a story about the history of maternity wear in fashion.

“I really enjoy writing stories of this nature because it reminds me of why I love being a journalist,” Clarke said of the project. “You are able to dive deep into research about a specific topic, and by the end of the day you’re an expert on it. As a writer, you cultivate so much knowledge about an abundance of things. … You learn something new every day, and every day is different being a journalist.”

Most of Clarke’s internship with the publication has been remote; however, over spring break, she got the opportunity to visit the New York City headquarters and assist with an editorial photoshoot.

“I got to watch the creative styling process and photoshoot which was so much fun,” she said. “(New York City has) such a lively and busy atmosphere that really inspires me. Seeing all the locals and their hardworking mindset really makes me want to do the same after graduation!”

Clarke said she is grateful to Kent State and her professors in the School of Media and Journalism for preparing her for this experience.

“I was a very timid and shy girl in high school, and coming to Kent State in 2020, I finally felt like I found a place where I could figure out who I was and wanted,” she said. “The environment and atmosphere gave me room to flourish and thrive as a young woman and student. Academically, I’ve been very lucky and grateful for the education I’ve received these past four years.”

She names Professor Jacqueline Marino, Associate Professor Stephanie Danes Smith and former Professional-in-Residence Connie Schultz among the faculty who have influenced her path and passion for magazine journalism.

“My professor told me that every writer has a ‘voice’ in their work,” she said. “Kent State helped me find my voice: An opinionated, determined, witty young woman.”

POSTED: Monday, April 22, 2024 11:29 AM
Updated: Thursday, May 23, 2024 01:27 PM