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 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.
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.
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.
2014 PRODUCTION INTERN
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.
2014 Business INTERN
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.
New APW Advertising Manager
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.
Photo by Allison Andres for APW