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A Crash Course in Covering the Cape

There must be something in the water. Every summer Cape Cod Life Publications is lucky to have a number of talented local interns seemingly wash ashore to work with us from May until mid-to-late August. The interns are generally college students who are majoring in journalism, or communications, or history, and they arrive at our door with enthusiasm and determination—and smiles the size of Sandy Neck. While with us, they take on a variety of the tasks one might imagine take place in a magazine office: from writing about upcoming events and searching for unique local products and foods, to fact-checking lengthy articles about artists, outdoor activities, and heck, sometimes even erosion.

In the paragraphs to follow, this year’s much-appreciated (and missed!) crop of Cape Cod Life interns share a little about their experience with us this summer.

– Matthew Gill

Michelle Atwood

Summer interns

I am so grateful to have had this opportunity. As I only moved to Cape Cod just over a year ago, this internship allowed me to familiarize myself with fascinating knowledge about the Cape and Islands, ranging from some of the “Best” restaurants to some little-known Cape Cod history. I also cherished the opportunity to put my love for writing and research to use in a professional setting. I’m so thankful to everyone at Cape Cod Life for making my time here fun, interesting, and invaluable! A resident of Bourne, Michelle Atwood is a student at Wellesley College.

Paige Biviano

A Crash Course in covering the Cape, November/December Cape Cod Life |

After a six-week internship at Cape Cod Life—and with local photographer Dan Cutrona—I can definitely say it was the best decision to intern with this magazine. Through the many people I interacted with on the Cape, I gained more photography skills than I ever expected to, and plan to use these skills throughout my career. Although learning more about photography was great, I do have to say one of the best things that happened to me here was having one of my photos published as a centerfold in the summer issue of Cape Cod HOME! Paige is a student at Morrisville State College in Morrisville, New York.

Grace Ballenger

A Crash Course in covering the Cape, November/December Cape Cod Life |

The best part of my internship has been seeing what tasks are involved in the everyday production of a magazine. I’ve learned that magazine life can lead you to do very diverse and sometimes unusual things in a single day. One of my favorite assignments was accompanying a writer on an interview at a house we were featuring in Cape Cod HOME. It turned out the house was just minutes away from where I live—and absolutely gorgeous—but I never would have known about it otherwise! I love that sense of discovering new things. A Falmouth resident, Grace is studying English and Spanish at Wellesley College.

Mackenzie Campbell

A Crash Course in covering the Cape, November/December Cape Cod Life |

This internship was an experience I will remember for the rest of my life. The summer flew by; however, I was able to work closely with the staff and meet outstanding people. I will be looking out for specific projects I worked on in upcoming issues. No matter the size, no matter the workload, everything goes toward your education, and I cannot thank the staff enough for the lessons I will take with me as I head back to school this fall. Thank you again for such an amazing opportunity. A resident of Sandwich, Mackenzie Campbell studies journalism at Quinnipiac University.

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