Meet the 2014 Interns!


Let the hazing begin!

by Meg Keene, Editor-In-Chief

Meet the 2014 Interns! | A Practical Wedding

One of my favorite things to do all year is read intern applications from you guys. It takes forever (because there are lots) and I inevitably spend a few months carrying stacks of applications with me everywhere. In fact, my office is still covered with banks of them. We can never hire all of you, obviously, or we’d have a staff of a zillion. But reading your essays, your business suggestions, and your cover letters about what APW means to you is easily one of the highlights of my year.

This year, we were looking for two writing interns, one production intern, and possibly a business intern, if and only if that person Was The Person Who Needs To Be Here. Instead we ended up with THREE writing interns (two planning interns, one married(ish) intern), a production intern, and a business intern. We’re excited and overwhelmed, and clearly not able to effectively say no to your awesomeness.

Without further ado, here are the ladies you’ll be hearing from this year, and who will be helping us create magic behind the scenes. You can find out more about all of them on our APW staff page.

2014 Writing Interns

Kelsey: Meet the 2014 Interns! | A Practical Wedding

Kelsey is a California native, residing in Denver, marrying a nice Jewish girl from New Jersey. She works full time as a social worker at an ‘alternative’ public high school, does contract work as an animal-assisted therapist with her sidekick, Samantha the therapy dog, and has a part time job at a craft and stationery store. She’ll be bringing a queer planning perspective to the site this year, but that’s hardly all. When we interviewed her it was one interesting thing after another, I mean, she works with THERAPY DOGS. You’re going to love her, just you wait.

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LAUREN: Meet the 2014 Interns! | A Practical Wedding

Lauren started writing at the age of eight (an unfinished novel, obviously) by the time she graduated from Indiana University with a degree in communication and culture, writing was taking a backseat to travel. She worked as a barista in Ireland, carny in Australia, and drug trial recruiter in New Zealand, before coming back to writing. While completing a master’s in travel writing in London, she met her Australian fiancé in Belgium. They spent two years in Korea and now live in Newcastle, Australia. (Did you follow that?) She’s already an accomplished freelance writer—I suspect you’ll like this essay on what it means to be a grown up on the Huffington Post—and is working on finishing a book (take that eight year old self) on a decade of working travel. Oh yeah, and she’s writing for us too. We’re lucky.

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Hayley: Meet the 2014 Interns! | A Practical Wedding

Hayley is a Boston native who moved to the Caribbean with her fiancé, Nick. That’s right, she lives on a caribbean island, where she works as an attorney. You can see some of her (hilarious) writing about island living on the blog Women Who Live On Rocks. I’d start here if I were you. She’s getting married in April, so after a few planning posts, she’ll be diving in to the world of newlywed life. She’s into writing about planning, but really into writing about marriage, so it’s going to be a beautiful fit.

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2014 PRODUCTION INTERN

DANA: Meet the 2014 Interns! | A Practical Wedding

Dana will be joining us as our production assistant this year (in fact, she’s already doing a bang up job). She went to Tufts University in Boston, where she studied All The Lucrative Stuff (that would be English, History, and Drama). Now she lives in San Francisco, where she is (impressively) the Editorial Assistant for the awesome tablehopper.com, a website and newsletter all about food and restaurants in the Bay Area. The joke about Dana is that she’s either been secretly stalking me for years, or we’ve been destined to be friends all along. We met zillions of times without knowing it—she used to work at our favorite local teeny tiny restaurant in the city, and check me in at my doctors office. WEIRD RIGHT? We’re so so glad to have her on the team, and Bay Area folks, you all are signed up for the Tablehopper newsletter already, right? It’s kind of famous.

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2014 Business INTERN

Breck: Meet the 2014 Interns! | A Practical Wedding

Taking the cake for the intern who forced her way in the door, by convincing us that we needed to hire for a position we were not even sure we’re hiring for, is Breck. Breck isn’t engaged, but has been reading APW for years. Why? When she moved in with her sorority sisters in college, they all cared about weddings, and she didn’t. After setting out to do a little research, she stumbled on APW, and stayed forever. She currently lives with the love of her life, Chris, in Caracas, Venezuela. She’ll be moving to the Bay Area in about a month (wish her luck on her apartment search in this terrible market), where she’ll be working on launching her foodie business, and also building an assisting/mentoring relationship with me. I think she’s more excited about the former and I’m more excited about the latter, so it’s going to work out well.

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And Finally…

New APW Advertising Manager

Meet the 2014 Interns! | A Practical WeddingKERIANN KOHLER:

While we’re introducing people, it seemed like the right time to give a shout out to our new advertising manager, Keriann. Keriann (or KA, as most of us know her) has been an APW reader since forever ever, and a (small, creative) business manager for just as long. We’re delighted to have her join the team working with our amazing sponsors, making sure they have everything they need to thrive. Keriann spent her formative years in a monastic pursuit to become a professional ballet dancer, and  earned a BA from USC in “SocialScienceswithanemphasisinHistory” with minors in Business, Architecture and Film; and worked in theater management, set design and real estate. She eventually returned to NY, where she works as a business manager, and APW’s advertising manager. Yes, I hire a lot of theatre people/entertainment industry refugees.

For those of you keeping track at home, we currently have an intern in Venezuela, in the Caribbean, and in Australia… along with one in Denver and San Francisco. You guys are an intensely amazing group is what. I can’t wait to learn from the 2014 interns, and I doubly can’t wait for you to meet them. We’ll start with an essay from Kelsey tomorrow. Cheers to these ladies, and a thank you from the bottom of my heart to all of you that applied. Your faith in us means the world.

xo
Meg

Photo by Allison Andres for APW

Meg Keene

Meg is the Founder and EIC of APW. Her first book, A Practical Wedding: Creative Solutions for Planning a Beautiful, Affordable, and Meaningful Celebration, was published in January 2012, and has been a top three bestseller on the wedding bookshelf ever since. Meg has her BFA in Drama from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and son.

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  • http://www.explorethiscity.com/ Maria

    I’m excited for everyone but doubly excited to see someone from Indiana!! (Hoosier born and Hoosier bred, plus I work at IU right now!) Love the intern concept (and reality!) in general.

    • Mezza

      Also excited about an intern from Indiana! I grew up in Indy and went to IU. It’s fun to encounter other random Hoosiers!

  • Laura C

    Congratulations, everyone! Can’t wait to read all the posts and, uh, see the new ads and such.

  • Lindsey d.

    Everyone looks awesome,but I think I’m going to like Lauren if only because I love that HuffPo column. I’m getting married (adult), but ate an entire box of Tagalongs yesterday (non-adult).

    • Laura

      How can you NOT eat an entire box of tagalongs as am adult or not.?

      • Emma Klues

        But seriously.

      • Lindsey d.

        So true… I intended to eat three, but instead I ate 15!

  • http://estherminusts.wordpress.com/ Esther

    OMG Lauren I love you already for the Australian and Korean ties! I’m married to an Australian who was visiting my school in US and as Korean American we totally want to live in Korea for a year before starting med school in australia! So excited to see what you’ll be writing!

    • Crayfish Kate

      Oh yay another Korean American! :-D

  • Emma Klues

    Wee, yay, congrats! Welcome! Huzzah!

  • http://rationalcreature.com/ Amy

    YAYYYYY NEW STAFF!! I am so stoked to be seeing what y’all have in store for us!

  • http://twitter.com/mollyepollard Molly P

    SO looking forward to an awesome year of insightful reads from APW. Congrats and welcome to them!

  • Rebekah

    I know this totally isn’t the point, but they’re all so pretty!

  • Emily

    Man. I was so disappointed to not be considered for a writing internship, but now I finally have closure. Like, complete closure. Five minutes ago I saw the title of this post and felt apprehensive and sad, and now I can’t wait to hear from Kelsey tomorrow, and Lauren and Haley, too. Such diverse, fascinating perspectives! Congratulations ladies, well-deserved. Looking forward to getting to know you!

  • sara

    oooh, i’m a social worker who has a therapy dog! looking forward to hearing from kelsey!

    • Laura

      Social workers represent! I want to know more about therapy dogs. Has always been a goal. So I know that’s not *exactly* the purpose of our discussions here, but I’m sure we can discuss at some point. :)

      • Kelsey

        I am totally in for that discussion!

  • http://www.therewm.com/ Rachel W. Miller

    My first thought when reading this was “Breck…like MY Breck?!” (Said in, like, the most excited way ever.) I didn’t know who any of the interns were yet, so I had no idea that one of my favorite people to chat with in the APW comments was now an APW intern! I’m so excited about this!!

    And congrats to all the new interns! I can’t wait to get to know you!!

    • http://werewritingabook.com/ Breck Winokur

      BIG-ASS GRIN ON MY FACE. Nicest comment ever :D.

    • Meg Keene

      She’s going to be my new (fake) assistant/ meantee (is that a word?) Rachel! Like, local and everything. It’s going to be awesome, and I’m extra glad to know you approve.

  • Elisabeth S.

    Yay! Huzzah, you guys, so glad you’re here.

  • Caitlin_DD

    Oh my gosh, what a fabulous, interesting group of ladies! I am very excited to read y’all’s stuff!

  • ItsyBit

    Yaay welcome!! And internet fist bump to Hayley, fellow Boston native. :)

    • Hayley

      Ooo, virtual fist bump right back at you!

  • Valerie

    Huzzah. Welcome all! (Thanks for being courageous and writing for all of us!)

    queer social worker, therapy dog loving apw writer!? (I didn’t know APW could get better….)

    • Kelsey

      Aw man, this is me, blushing…

  • Lisette

    As an avid APW reader based in Sydney, Australia I’m excited to see Lauren join the team. This blog reaches far and wide (I found out about it from a friend in Norway by the way) and the growing diversity in this team is exciting!!!!

  • Maddy

    WEOW! So excited to see an Australian on here :) There’s such a gap in the market for us down here so it will be SO fun to have some love from our side of town :)) Congrats Lauren, I can’t wait to see what you bring to the table

    • http://estherminusts.wordpress.com/ Esther

      Where do you live?? My husband lives in Melbourne and I have to plan a vow renewal/wedding ring for his relatives and friends there. He planned the one in US and owned it so hard I’m kind of nervous!

    • Sarah

      She’s American, she just lives in Australia.

      • Maddy

        Same diff, when you’re living in Australia you have access to the things in Australia,

  • Nina

    I’m so excited to hear from these ladies! What an interesting diversity of life experiences… but I can’t help feeling a little disappointed that there aren’t any women of color this year (at least it’s not obvious from the pictures here). Perhaps there can be some awesome guest posts from WOC?

    • Michelle

      As a woman of color myself I too immediately thought the exact same thing.

    • ferrous

      Ditto. It was my first thought.
      Aside: I am also in Denver by way of California, I look forward to Kelsey’s thoughts.

  • lady brett

    “social worker at an ‘alternative’ public high school, does contract work as an animal-assisted therapist with her sidekick, Samantha the therapy dog, and has a part time job at a craft and stationery store”
    um, fuck yes. and breck! exciting to see someone we “know” from the comments section ;) and, of course, everyone else, because the interns are *always* awesome.

    • http://werewritingabook.com/ Breck Winokur

      Awwww, thanks, lady brett. Totally blushing, as well…

  • LifeSheWrote

    Wow, what a fabulous new group! Congratulations to all and welcome! Can’t wait to hear your voices over the next year!

  • Emily

    Nice to see all the new faces. :)