Former Associate Art Director at National Geographic Society
over 1 year ago
Like any other position, do your research. There are a few publications that NGS produces. The most famous (with the yellow border), a travel magazine, a kids magazine and books. So it depends on what publication you would be applying to. Understand their respective missions, story content, visual direction, audience, etc. The Geographic is all about journalist integrity and a high respect for the photograph and the photographers who make them. Photographs are not secondary elements. Be prepared for a test where you will be asked to edit photographs and design a feature or a department. Show enthusiasm for the product. Share which stories resonate with you and be prepared to explain why. Be ready to explain why you would be a good fit. Oh, and a must: understand the relationship between the print products and digital experiences. You must also be prepared to work with colleagues across all departments in the photo studio, infographics, illustration, etc. Most important, be humble, ask questions (be curious), and dress professionally.