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One Smithie's Dream Internship

By Sarah Gauché ‘08

Jane Kim ’06

Jane Kim ’06 spent last summer getting to know international recording artists Alicia Keys, Carlos Santana, Rod Stewart, and Maroon 5.

As one of seven finalists in the CosmoGIRL! Project 2024 internship competition, Kim worked at J. Records, one of the leading labels in commercial music, learning the art of public relations, and spending her work hours between the stars and the media.

CosmoGIRL!, a spinoff magazine of Cosmopolitan popular with young women, aims to bring about the election of a female President of the United States by the year 2024 through the project, which assists young women in assuming leadership roles through the internship competition. Kim, along with her fellow interns from last summer, appears in a full-page photo on page 92 in the December-January edition of CosmoGIRL!

The annual competition places young women in dream internships, such as Kim’s at J. Records, as well as jobs at the United Nations Association, Merrill Lynch, Saatchi & Saatchi, the National Football League, and the offices of New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer and New York Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney.

To apply, Kim submitted her résumé and wrote a required essay describing where she saw herself in 2024. Having interned in 2004 at Sony BMG, Kim wrote her essay in the form of a magazine article, describing her interest in music industry public relations.

Her last hurtle before winning the internship was a late-afternoon interview last March with personnel at RCA Music Group, the parent company of J. Records, during which she again shared her interest in public relations in the music industry, as well as her experience at Smith handling publicity for the spring 2004 Recreation Council’s John Legend concert.

“The interviewer said that they just so happened to have a position open for Urban Publicity,” remembers Kim. “Right then and there, I had an awesome feeling about my chances.”

The next week, CosmoGIRL! informed her she won an internship at J. Records, working with the vice president of urban publicity for eight weeks in New York City. The job included a weekly salary, paid room and board at New York University, and travel expenses to and from the city, and the commute to work.

Kim’s internship focused on building a database of new indie urban magazines that help new artists break into the music industry. She also contributed to a project compiling new markets, and organized media reports on J. Records artists. Her favorite task was the creation and maintenance of a high-profile guest list for Babyface’s album release showcase at the W Hotel in Times Square. “At the event, I worked alongside my supervisor with a guest list in hand behind the velvet ropes,” she recalls. “Babyface was amazing and the VIP list was as well: Jamie Foxx, Star Jones, Gayle King, Mario, various executives from other records labels, and entertainment journalists from every possible media outlet.”

Kim’s CosmoGIRL! Project 2024 internship with J. Records provided a boost to her career aspirations, she says, with opportunities for networking in the industry and forming relationships with her co-interns. “I was so excited to be able to do public relations work with them,” she says. In the spring, Kim will study at New York University while interning at either Sony BMG or VH1.

After Smith, she hopes to work in New York City in the entertainment and music industry.

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