CLARKE HUMPHREY’S checking account was down to its last 82 cents. The Dorchester native was in the running for a lucrative corporate PR summer internship that would have paid and even covered her housing, but instead she opted for one of journalism’s most elite opportunities: interning at Conde Nast Traveler. The glamorous magazine gig was unpaid, and unlike many of her more well-heeled peers, the Northwestern University journalism student was banking on a $3,000 Scripps Howard grant to fund her entire summer in Manhattan, bunking in an NYU dorm in Tribeca and spending the last two weeks crashing at her brother’s Lower East Side apartment. After six weeks on the job, Humphrey sold her first pitched piece for publication on the magazine’s website. As the newbie journalist recalls, it was a “monumental moment.”
Except “selling” would be a slight misnomer.