If you think thatjoining the ranks of Sports Illustrated interns is a long and arduous process,well, normally you would be right. In most cases it involves essays, interviewsand enough clips to start a bonfire. But Stephen Skalocky discovered a moredirect path. A May graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology, Skalocky wona design contest conducted by the Society of Publication Designers. Contestentrants were asked to create a four-page informational guide that would beuseful for a young person traveling on a budget. Skalocky's project: a guide tocheap sex shows in Amsterdam. His reward for this outstanding act ofhumanitarianism: a $2,500 check and a paid internship in SI's art department."When they told me I was going to work at SI, I flipped out," saysSkalocky, the North Bellmore, N.Y., resident, one of two art departmentinterns, along with Philadelphia University grad Keir Novesky. "If you likesports, there's no better place to work."
As the SI brandcontinues to grow, so does the number of interns. SI Kids' Chris Korman, whojoined Nicki Jhabvala and Melissa Kong as interns at the monthly magazine, hasa master's degree in journalism from Columbia and is on his way to Bloomington,Ind., next month for a full-time job covering sports for the Herald-Times.Research intern Sarah Kwak has a uniquely informed perspective on the Dukelacrosse scandal, having covered the story for the school paper in Durham, N.C.Joining Kwak in SI's research department are Kelly Doyle (Wisconsin), SeamusKelly (Fordham), Rebecca Plevin (Northwestern) and Zain Shauk (USC). Plevin, ajournalism major from Potomac, Md., balanced her journalistic experiences withan informal tour of Manhattan's yoga studios.
This summer's crewhas found creative ways to make the most of its opportunities. Harvard seniorPablo Torre, who works at SI.com with Joshua Erenstein, a senior at DelbartonHigh School in Morristown, N.J., interviewed the fan who caught Barry Bonds's714th home run. Photo intern Scott Schild, an art studio major at SUNY Potsdam,was complimented by a wire-service photographer at a Mets game for the pictureshe took for SI.com's World Cup Pub Blog. News bureau intern Daniel Malloycovered the July 12 WNBA All-Star Game for the website, but his SI careerstarted six weeks earlier with a different sport. "I got a call from [newsbureau chief and SI softball coach] Doug Goodman a few days before I startedwork," says Malloy, a senior at North Carolina. "He said, 'Daniel, thisis your boss. We're playing softball in Central Park. Get down here.'"
To a woman, andman, the interns agree that a nine-week internship at SI is a transformingexperience. "Asking what I knew about journalism before I got here is likeasking someone what they know about American history before taking AmericanHistory 101," says copy desk intern Josh Perlin, an assistant sports editorat The Cornell Daily Sun. "I learned that fact-checking is rampant at SIand that insane hours aren't limited to newspaper employees." Welcome,Josh, to the endless summer.
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THECLASS OF '06 - SI, SI.com and SI KIDS interns (back row, from left) Malloy,Torre, Kelly, Erenstein, Korman; (middle row) Novesky, Skalocky, Kwak, Perlin,Kong; (front row) Plevin, Doyle, Schild, Shauk, Jhabvala.