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:
Natalie Lubsen Media & Outreach Intern (Fall 2013)
Natalie grew up next to an anomalous farm in the Virginia suburbs of Washington, DC. On her frequent trips to this small working farm she developed a fierce love for pigs which, when pitted against a taste for pepperoni, won out. The youngest of three, she converted her older sisters and parents to a vegetarian lifestyle. She left Virginia for the beautiful Pioneer Valley where she attended Amherst College. There, she used her Political Science major to study peace, social justice, human rights and animal rights. Returning to her long-time love of animals, she wrote a thesis on the moral dividing line placed between humans and other animals - and the best strategies for for circumventing it. Her favorite course was conducted inside a local jail with both Amherst students and incarcerated men making up the class. This amazing interpersonal experience has spurred her interest in criminal justice reform. Natalie welcomes the opportunity to learn more about the inspiring work for social change that is going on right now. She is excited to share and promote YES! Magazine's positive stories and practical wisdom as the media and outreach intern.
Erika Lundahl, Editorial Intern (Fall 2013)
A native Oregonian, Erika is newly returned to the Northwest after living and working in Ithaca, N.Y. In 2012 she graduated from Ithaca College with a Writing Degree that focused on creative nonfiction and experimental genres. Since then, she has spent time writing for nonprofits, playing music (and playing in gorges), working in butcher shops, rare bookstores, kosher kitchens, and most recently a solar panel company—to name a few! Currently she is helping plan the first annual Corvallis Imagination Music and Arts Festival in Oregon. She gets really excited by urban and local agriculture projects, alternative economies, delicious food, live music, and community building through the arts. She is absolutely thrilled to be a part of the YES! Team.
Cynthia Daniel, Education Outreach Intern (Fall 2013)
Cynthia has a multi-faceted background that has prepared her well for working with the Yes! Education department. She studied Creative Writing at the University of Wisconsin – Madison as an undergrad in the 1980s. She has lived on a wooden sailboat, performed Shakespeare on Martha’s Vineyard, been a professional baker, worked in pediatric oncology/hospice as a board certified interfaith chaplain, directed a children’s bereavement program and taught summer camp at a public garden. Her background in death education and bereavement gives her perspective on living fully and joyfully. She seeks to discover ways to support educators in staying connected to their inspired and authentic selves. Cynthia is working toward her M.Ed. with the Institute for Humane Education. Cynthia is a poet, and is writing her thesis on how creative expression can be used to awaken us to the interconnectedness of all life: human, animal, nature.
Erin Sagen, Online Editorial Intern (Summer 2013)
Erin Sagen has been writing and sharing stories for as long as she can remember. A recent graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Erin specialized in multimedia journalism, producing documentary shorts, web content, and graphic design that highlighted stories about women and spirituality. In addition to reporting and managing online content for YES!, she is launching two blogs this summer—Health With Heart, focusing on health and women's issues, and Sagen Screen Review, sharing editorial space with her brother Evin to critique films new and old. She continues to search for stories where community, justice, and love transcend human struggle.
Rachael Stoeve, Editorial Intern (Fall 2013)
Rachael’s first childhood career aspiration was to be a writer, and she has come full circle back to that aspiration at YES!. She is a recent graduate of the University of Washington and holds a B.A. in Social Science with a focus in Law, Politics and Economy. Her passion for social justice can be traced back to a feminist poem written at age twelve, and she plans to spend her life fighting for revolutionary change through her writing and activism. She is proud to have participated in the Occupy movement, and is now involved in climate justice and civil liberties activism. In her free time she writes a blog, A Fierce Green Fire, focused on political analysis, and enjoys being outdoors, reading, and spending time with her loved ones. She is excited to explore her interest in a journalism career at YES!
Nur Lalji (Online Editorial Intern, Fall 2013)
A Washington native, Nur completed her B.A. in English Literature at Pomona College in May. She spent her junior year abroad studying Early Modern literature in England and France. Nur was drawn to YES! after being assigned an article on worker cooperatives in one of her politics classes. That class, along with her experience interning at a nonprofit promoting maternal health in Africa and South Asia, shifted her career interest away from the Bard and toward a focus on social and environmental justice issues. Nur enjoys writing, traveling, and collecting more books than she could possibly read in a lifetime. She is thrilled for the opportunity to intern at YES!