Who else will be featured in the magazine?
regards to future interviews and stories, there are lots of
exciting things happening at NEED, so stay tuned.
While at Macalester...
I worked as a teaching assistant in the Geography Department.
I also worked for two years as a language tutor for
the French Department.
I co-chaired the Outing Club and Climbing Club
My favorite courses were: Regional Geography of Africa
(Geography, with Professor Bill Moseley), and Development
Politics (Political Science, with Professor David Blaney).
I wrote an honor's thesis titled, "Poverty, Scarcity
and Fragmentation: An Assessment of Tenure and Post-Genocide
Land Policy in Rwanda."
Road to Hell: the Ravaging Effects of Foreign Aid
and International Charity by Michael Maren), and
We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed
With Our Families by Philip Gourevitch)
Traveled to Latin America, Western, Central
and Southern Europe, the Middle East and East Africa
did you find out about the internship? Did a professor help
you obtain it?
I first heard of the magazine through a friend of mine. She
described the goal of the publication, showed me some of their
work, and I was hooked. That day I contacted the magazine,
requested an interview, and let NEED know that as long as
they worked with Macalester, I could receive credit instead
The internship ended in August, and I have continued on as a full
time employee with the magazine.
What made you pursue this type
of work? What influenced you?
'One of my most surprising realizations
has been how well Mac prepared me for this job. Over
the past three months I have consistently drawn on specific
information obtained from classes, work as a teacher's
assistant and my honor's thesis research experience.
While I have never pursued a career in publications, my work
in this field emerged as a result of interest in international
development. When I arrived at Mac, I wanted to pursue a degree
in development studies, but did not know where to start. After
testing out numerous departments and majors, I met Professor
Moseley in the Geography Department. Geography was the last
thing I thought I would study in college. Howerver, after
one class, I realized that I was hooked on political ecology.
Specific classes aside, Macalester empowered--perhaps forced--me
to take a range of classes in different fields, which helped
expand both my perspective and range of tools needed to succeed
in the international development community.
What did your internship entail? What surprised you?
I initially began at NEED as a research intern. My job was
to ensure that all of the facts and information collected
from organizations during the story-building process were
relevant and accurate. Working with only five other staff
members, however, this quickly expanded to a much different
role. After just two weeks of working with NEED, I was promoted
to the position of managing editor of humanitarian affairs.
With this title came the task of facilitating, researching
and organizing information for 8 of the 10 stories featured
in the premiere issue of NEED magazine. I was also given the
opportunity to write the HEALTH and FUTURE sections of first
It has been an incredible experience to be involved with
a publication like NEED as it begins to take off the ground.
Given NEED magazine's position as an emerging publication,
I have had the opportunity to meet and interview individuals
seen as leaders in the field of international development;
people that I would never have had the opportunity to meet,
let alone talk to for extended periods of time.
The most exciting part of my job, is taking the stories we
decide to feature, figuring out how we can make it happen,
and then doing it.
'I love trying to make a (positive) difference
in everything that I do. I believe NEED Magazine is
a great medium for positive change, as we strive to
not only raise awareness of challenging situations within
the humanitarian community, but also to highlight those
projects and people that bring hope to others.'
of the most memorable experiences was my interview with former
President Jimmy Carter. We were sitting around the office
discussing possible interviews to close the premiere issue,
when a co-worker mentioned Jimmy Carter. Rather than focusing
on the fact that getting such a renowned figure to interview
for an unknown magazine would be very unlikely, we decided
to give it a shot. That day I got in touch with the Carter
Center and started working towards an interview. I believe
that the ease with which we arranged an interview with President
Carter, is a testament to the quality, content and ideals
of NEED magazine. Each day I get to speak
with engaging individuals doing incredible work all over the
world. It's exciting to hear people in the jobs and roles
that I have dreamed about for the last decade supporting NEED
and wanting to get involved in any way.
Why does it matter to be involved with a magazine that's
trying to make a difference?
I can answer this question in two ways. First, I was raised
in an environment that stressed the importance of making a
difference. This was later re-enforced through my studies
at the United World College of the Atlantic and Macalester.
These experiences have shown me that each person must assess
their own strengths, abilities and opportunities, and decide
how these can be used --whether each day, once a week, or
once a year--to positively influence others.
The 'selfish' answer, however, is that I love it; I love
trying to make a (positive) difference in everything that
I do. I believe NEED Magazine is a great medium for positive
change, as we strive to not only raise awareness of challenging
situations within the humanitarian community, but also to
highlight those projects and people that bring hope to others.
Have you found yourself drawing on information/advice
that you learned from Mac?
One of my most surprising realizations has been how well
Mac prepared me for this job. Over the past three months I
have consistently drawn on specific information obtained from
classes, work as a teacher's assistant and my honor's thesis
research experience. In addition to specifics, however, I
feel that Macalester had a significant impact on the way that
I think about and approach my work. Given the goal
of the magazine and the quality of the publication, our small
team has to cover all of the tasks needed to ensure that NEED
not only goes to print, but is of the highest quality possible.
This may draw on specific knowledge gained from Macalester,
or sometimes simply the ability to make very strong coffee
and to stay up for late night reviews.
My experience with NEED magazine has provided me with unparalleled
exposure to the international humanitarian community. While
I have learned a lot about the journalistic process, publishing,
etc. the work has reinforced my desire to become directly
involved in field work and continue my studies in the near