Vanderzee interns at Billboard
Saturday, November 3, 2007
By Jeremy Schofield
Graphic design junior, Amber Vanderzee interned at Billboard
magazine last summer in New York City. She took the internship to fulfill an
art elective requirement in her degree program.
“I want to live in New York,” Vanderzee said. “I even
moved up there before they told me I got the internship.”
Billboard is a magazine about music, bands, new CDs and
it creates lists of the top music.
“My job was to cut celebrities out of pictures using
Photoshop and to put them in various places in the magazine,” Vanderzee said.
“Rod Stewart was particularly hard because of his hair.”
Vanderzee also helped deliver things around New York,
compiled mock-up books and even got one of her illustrations into the magazine.
“I would say that you really learn more at your job than
you do at school,” Vanderzee said.
At this internship she learned about the programs the
industry uses, how things are done and general knowledge of the city.
“On one of my first days in New York, I tried to pay for
a taxi with a credit card,” Vanderzee said. “It was pretty embarrassing.”
Vanderzee acquired the internship through one of the
radio shows her father works for. When they went to a radio convention, she
talked to the marketing director from Billboard. Vanderzee maintained contact
all school year until the summer when the director offered her an interview.
“I don’t think they would have given me an interview if
my portfolio hadn’t looked great, and it wouldn’t have looked great if my
teachers hadn’t stressed about presentation, matting and cleanliness of our
work,” Vanderzee said.
Michael O’Keefe, professor of art and design, has helped
Vanderzee add to her portfolio during her time at Oklahoma Christian.
“Students work on a project for three or four weeks and
then turn it in to be graded,” O’Keefe said. “They get five different
assignments in class each semester. At the end of their senior year they throw
some out and keep 10 or 12, and then you have a portfolio.”
According to Vanderzee, Billboard employees were most
impressed her craftsmanship skills, and they were shocked to see how well
everything was mounted on matboard and how clean everything looked.
Vanderzee explained she has been told by people, along
with the art director at Billboard, this is what makes Oklahoma Christian
students stand out among other job and intern applicants.
Since completing the Billboard internship, Vanderzee has
been working toward her ultimate goal of working at Seventeen Magazine.
She has already sent her résumé to Seventeen Magazine and
had a breakfast interview with one of the executives at the magazine.
Vanderzee believes she was given the interview at
Seventeen Magazine because they saw she had experience in the field.
“Amber has a dream, and she is taking the action to
achieve it,” O’Keefe said. “It takes guts to move up to New York without
knowing anyone at 20. That’s the real story."