Introducing the 2013 Writing Interns!

Come say hello to our newest group of writing interns! After much deliberation, we are delighted to announce that the 2013 writing and business interns are finally here! And boy are we all in for a treat this year. But before I go introducing any new characters, I just want to say what an incredibly talented pool of applicants we had this year. There were times when I was reviewing applications and felt like I didn’t even have the qualifications to be reading them, that’s how smart, experienced, and well written y’all are. And while I wish we could have accepted everyone who applied (and you know we would if we could, but Meg keeps telling me I don’t sleep enough as is), we could not be more excited about the applicants who were eventually chosen to become part of the 2013 intern program.

So without further ado, the newest members of the APW writing team are:

Rachel Wilkerson and Elisabeth Snell! First up, you’ll recall Rachel from such gems as “Changing Your Name in the Age of Google,” “Chore Monsters, Feminism, and Zombies,” “Push, Quit, and Craft,” and just about anything she leaves in the comments these days. Rachel is a successful blogger in her own right, formerly of Shedding It & Getting It, Holla Back Health and, and currently writing over at The House Always Wins. We are all looking forward to more of her signature wit and self-deprecating humor as she plans her wedding for February of 2014.

About Rachel:

After doing improv theater and stand-up comedy for much of her life, Rachel headed to Michigan State University, where she got into blogging, earned her BA in Journalism, and drank a lot of tequila. She then moved to NYC where she worked at ELLE Magazine for a brief period until she realized that she was living the dream…just not her own. Not long after that, she was pursuing new media and writing opportunities from her mother’s basement in Michigan when, with the help of a friend and video chat, she met Eric, the only person she’d ever met who could talk as much as she could. After flying to Houston for their first date, she decided to go ahead and move to Texas, um…three weeks later. For most of her life, Rachel has loved the sound of her own voice, and now she’s found a way to make money off of that as a writer, blogger, community manager, and social media marketer. By day, she’s working at a start-up; by early morning and late night, she’s writing…and writing and writing. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, doing yoga (she still refuses to call it “practicing”), hanging out with her dogs, and talking Eric’s ear off. She really loves Halloween and stationery.


Then there’s Elisabeth. Joining the team as APW’s first queer writing intern, Elisabeth is excited to bring a fresh perspective to the intern program as she plans her September wedding. Elisabeth’s writing is razor sharp, plus she gets bonus points for the fact that she used to live in my hometown (hey hey, original Portland) and currently lives in Meg’s old stomping grounds (Ditmas Park aka Flatbush). We are excited for you guys to learn more about Elisabeth and get to know what made us fall in love with her writing, and subsequently, with her.

About Elisabeth:

Elisabeth is a newly minted MPH working in public health in New York City. Her old okcupid profile said she’s really good at: fixing socially awkward situations at parties, return trips to Ikea, whipping up excellent mac and cheese on camping trips, leaping into the ocean, being chronically late, and having Friday night adventures all over Brooklyn. It must have worked, because she’s planning a September wedding to her introverted, punctual K.

Please join us in welcoming both Elisabeth and Rachel to the team. We couldn’t be happier to have them on board. And keep your eyes peeled next week when we introduce you to our business interns, who are just as smart, funny, and talented as these ladies and will be lending their skills and learning what goes on behind the curtain here at APW.

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  • Alison

    Whoo hoo! Can’t wait to read more from both of them. And shout out from one MPH to another, Elisabeth! ::public health high five::

    ::washes hands::

    • Elisabeth

      Truth, Alison! My wedding day will be filled with joy, and hand sanitizer.

    • Lauren

      I came over to comment on the same thing! From a fellow MPHer in Boston :)

    • meg

      You guys slay me.

  • NB


    …What I mean to say, of course, is hello and welcome. And also, I love Michiganders so much, I up and married one. (And also, mac & cheese, so big, enthusiastic “Hi there!”‘s to you both).

  • mere…

    So excited to welcome and share the love with anyone who puts time and heart into the APW community!

  • Yay! Can’t wait for the reading.

  • Emily

    Yay, I’m so excited!

  • LaLa


  • Congratulations! I’ve read some of Rachel’s blog before, so I know she’ll be a fantastic addition to the APW team. And I’m pumped to read stuff from Elisabeth as well!!!

  • Original Portlanders for the win! And of course my girl Rachel – I was hoping this was the application you mentioned working on late last year, so yay! Looking forward to hearing what both of you have to share. :)

  • Katie

    WELCOME ladies!!! Looking forward to reading your future hilarious, emotional, and thought-provoking entries =)

  • Awesome! Congratulations! I’ve been following Rachel’s blog since her stunning posts here. I’m glad to see she’ll be a frequent addition!


    I love how many Elisabeths (with an S!) there are on APW!

    • meg

      Elisabeth #2 told us that two Elisabeth interns in a row was good luck.

      That possibly was a con, now that I think about it… hum. Oh well, too late!

  • Hannah

    Welcome welcome!

  • Amanda L.

    Welcome, ladies! I’m really looking forward to some fresh voices (not that the ‘not-so-fresh’ voices aren’t fantastic, too!). I love how this website continues to evolve!

  • kyley

    welcome! so excited! can’t wait to read (more) of your stuff!

  • Kate

    Yay! Welcome y’all!

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