YES! Magazine provides internships for qualified individuals in the editorial departments (both print and online), the education department, and the media and outreach department. Each internship offers a valuable work experience in a supportive and motivating work environment.
Here is our current crop of amazing interns:
Dana Drugmand, Print Editorial Intern
A native of western Massachusetts, Dana’s environmental interest stemmed from spending much of her childhood outdoors among the rolling hills, peaceful ponds and quiets woods of the beautiful Berkshires. She ventured to the neighboring Pioneer Valley to attend Mount Holyoke College, where she majored in Environmental Studies and minored in English. While at Mt. Holyoke, Dana wrote for the student newspaper, participated in climate rallies and spent a semester abroad studying rainforest conservation in North Queensland, Australia. Since graduating in 2012 she has been a reporter for several weekly community newspapers. She recently spent the winter skiing (and reporting) in the Tetons and is looking forward to exploring the hiking, biking, kayaking, and other outdoor recreational opportunities the Pacific Northwest has to offer. A newcomer to the area, Dana is excited to be spending the summer on Bainbridge Island and is pleased to be part of a publication committed to covering stories of positive change.
Yessenia Funes, Print Editorial Intern
Yessenia is a born-and-raised New Yorker—Long Island to be exact. She fell in love with the woods and lustrous, snow-capped mountains after heading upstate to attend SUNY Plattsburgh where she studies magazine journalism and environmental studies. She’s also minoring in sociology. There, she’s the Editor in Chief of Do North Magazine, a tourism magazine that highlights the area’s beauty. She’s written for several newspapers too with her favorite lying in Northern California: The Orion, Chico State’s student newspaper. She lived in Chico for nearly five months to explore the West Coast and covered environmental issues ranging from divestment to local anti-fracking efforts. She tries her hardest to be active in social movements herself. Last year, Yessenia attended Power Shift where students from across the country came together to discuss how they can shift the power from corporations to the people. So when she’s not trying to fight corporate villains, Yessenia loves riding bikes, even on Bainbridge Island’s hilly roads. While she’s in the Pacific Northwest for her internship, she hopes to watch some orcas in their natural environment, experience the vampire life in Seattle, and leave YES! readers with their jaws dropped when they open the Fall 2014 issue. Oh, and help change the world. Duh.
Laura Garcia, Education Outreach Intern
Laura grew up in mostly multicultural environments. At the early age of two she left Mexico to come to the States and has been moving around ever since. Experiencing and exploring other countries has played such an influential role in her life that it came as no surprise when she announced to her friends and family that she planned on attending college in Spain. There, she majored in Political Science and International Relations where she focused mainly on Latin American issues. Her diverse educational experiences sparked her interest in education and led her to firmly believe in the power of a well-founded education based on social justice and compassion. She’s often found herself comparing the different education systems she has been taught in and, coupled with her desire to help create a more sustainable and friendly world for future generations, she has decided to focus her efforts in educational policy and law. It’s with a positive mindset that she eagerly faces any challenges that might come her way and promises to make the most out of her time as an Education Outreach Intern.
Jim McGowan, Social Media Outreach Intern
Jim was born and raised in Seattle, Washington. His interest in social and environmental justice lead him to Seattle University, a world away from home—if you travel north. While at SU, Jim majored in graphic design and worked as a peer writing tutor. Where the circles of writing and design intersected, he learned, was communication. Jim learned also that, when improving a piece of communication, it is just as important to focus on its failures and negative aspects as its successes and positive aspects. In fact, focusing on the latter two may inspire more positive change! With this, he is excited to communicate the successes and positive solutions that are highlighted by YES! as its media and outreach intern. In Jim’s spare time, he refers to himself in third person to practice separating his thoughts and feelings from his awareness of them.
Liz Pleasant, Online Editorial Intern
Liz is a Seattle native who packed up her 1991 Toyota Cressida and moved across the water to intern with YES! Magazine. As a 2011 graduate of the University of Washington's Anthropology program, her favorite memories from college revolve around the quarter she spent abroad, studying the cultural and environmental impacts of tourism in New Zealand. When Liz isn't working at YES! Magazine or pouring beers at Bainbridge Island's Harbor Pub, she enjoys taking road trips through the Pacific Northwest and collecting unique thrift shop finds for her online vintage shop. She spends any additional spare time watching old Carey Grant movies, doing yoga, and taking long walks (on the beach and otherwise).
Molly Rusk, Online Editorial Intern
Molly was born and raised in rural Kitsap County, where she developed an addiction to old growth forests. She lived in Seattle while completing her undergraduate studies in Creative Writing at the University of Washington. Life in Seattle instilled in her an appreciation for cheap coffee, piroshky, and public transportation (individually or in combination). Previously, she worked as an editor at Watching America, an online media outlet that explores foreign opinion on U.S.A foreign policy, internal politics, and culture. In working for YES! she hopes to examine how environmental and economic justice efforts bring people together across regional, cultural, and political barriers.