Intern Introductions, Part I: Meet Erin

It’s about time we debuted our talented crop of summer interns.

After all, we know attracting the right talent is the key to organizational success, and we couldn’t be more appreciative of our interns’ skill and contributions.

Meet our TOWN editorial intern, Erin Cullum. She’s a 2014 UNC at Chapel Hill grad with a BA in Communication and Media Studies and an English minor.

Instagram | @eec910

Twitter | @erin_cullum

Read the Q&A with her below, and be sure to follow her on social to see what else she has to offer!


What’s your favorite thing about working in media/media as an industry?

My favorite thing about working in the media industry is that all of it–magazines, online sites, social media, videos–is what people look forward to doing when they get off work. I get to do it as my actual work. I’ve always found the most satisfaction from a good cup of coffee and a great magazine, so I knew that’s what I wanted to do.

What’s your favorite stuff to read?

Brunch menus. Also, women’s magazines and food magazines; a few favorites are Bon AppétitMarie Claire, and yes, Cosmopolitan. I’ll never pass up a Jodi Picoult novel or an opportunity to reread Catcher in the Rye for the millionth time.

How lucky are you and why?

I’d say I’m pretty lucky. I’m an intern at a great magazine, I’ve got awesome family and friends, and I live half a mile from Whole Foods. What else do I need?

What’s the last great event/trip/concert/outing you attended, and why was it so great?

In March, I went to NYC with my school’s magazine group (Carolina Association of Future Magazine Editors) to visit magazine offices and pick the editors’ brains. We toured BridesHealthBon Appétit, and Parents . It was an amazing opportunity to be face-to-face with people whose shoes I’d one day love to fill.

How does the internet work?

Endless number of questions + endless number of answers + trolls = the Internet

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever gotten?

The best piece of advice I’ve ever gotten is from myself! It’s that I’ve realized to *chill* and not stress about figuring my whole life out by the age of 22. When I graduated my dad told me, “the world is your oyster,” and as cheesy as it is, he’s right! Don’t ever spend more time stressing about the future than you do enjoying the present–your life will figure itself out.