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, Education Outreach Intern (Spring 2014)
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.
Christine St. Pierre, Print Editorial Intern (Spring 2014)
Christine spent much of her youth riding horses beneath towering oak trees in eastern Kansas, where she developed a deep appreciation for nature, solitude, and writing. Her family moved often, sparking her insatiable desire to travel the globe in search of cultural and geographical diversity. While earning dual degrees in English and Anthropology from the University of Missouri, she attended a writing workshop in Greece, where she witnessed intense civil unrest in Athens as well as the tranquility of the Greek islands. After graduating, Christine set off once again, working on various organic, sustainable farms via Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF). She became exposed to many catastrophic environmental and social impacts of industry, which influenced her pursuit of a career in environmental communication, beginning with Greenpeace USA. While working for the nonprofit, Christine educated communities on local and international campaigns, participated in climate justice actions, and learned invaluable skills in organizing. Unable to leave creative writing in the past, she is currently promoting positive change while interning at YES! Magazine, editing creative prose for Pif Magazine, or blogging on travel and the environment. Otherwise, she can be found gazing at sunsets, pouring coffee at Pegasus, or romping around the Pacific Northwest with her dog, Odessa.
Andy Butter, Media and Outreach Intern (Winter 2014)
Andy Butter grew up on the North Shore of Lake Superior in the tiny hamlet of Grand Marais, Minnesota. Even after all the time spent swimming in the lakes and rivers, biking and walking through the woods, he didn’t give two hoots about nature. It wasn’t until after he left his beautiful home that he fully appreciated growing up amidst wilderness and started to think about the human/nature relationship. He was adamantly against going to college and decided that backpacking through Europe and hitchhiking around Central America would be more fun. It was. Afterward, he decided that maybe he should go to college and headed to Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin. After a combination of incredible social justice classes, inspiring friends, and work against a taconite mine, Andy decided to dedicate his life and work toward social change. Andy is done being bummed out and has decided that working within the framework of hope and solutions is the best way to face a future full of extinction, catastrophe, and disaster. After this internship he has one more semester to finish a double major of Writing and Sociology with a Social Justice emphasis. He is currently in a complicated relationship with Marx. His favorite color is purple.
Molly Rusk, Online Editorial Intern (Spring 2014)
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.
Kali Swenson, Print Editorial Intern (Spring 2014)
Kali traded the spacious plains and clear, blue skies of Colorado for the dense trees and gray clouds of Seattle to attend the University of Washington. Now, post-graduation, she still can't get enough of the Pacific Northwest. She studied English and art history, while developing a personal interest in social justice issues, particularly women's rights and animal rights. She hopes to use her wordsmithing skills to promote positive change and is especially interested in the convergence of art and social change. She also works for TeenTix, where she strives to engage youth in the arts by serving as Editor-in-Chief of an arts and culture blog written by teenagers, nonprofit writing center Richard Hugo House, and a vegan pizzeria.
Laura Garcia, Education Outreach Intern (Spring/Summer 2014)
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.