Macalester students put their skills to use all over the metro area.

Kaila ChangMarketing Intern, Milkweed Editions:  Kaila Chan ’14 (Pleasant Hill, Calif.) is an English major with a creative writing concentration who was seeking job experience. Professor Jon Lurie, who publishes books with Milkweed, told her about the internship opportunity and served as a reference. The best thing about working there, says Chan, is that “since it’s a small publishing house interns can get involved with any project you’re interested in and learn about different aspects of publishing. Along with doing marketing—producing flyers, press releases, and social media campaigns—I also get to read submissions,” she says. In the fall Chan was working on an author Q&A, a blog post, and a twitter campaign for a novel. “After this I feel really flexible about which industries I can work in,” she says.

Cyrus HairHistory Day mentor, Minnesota Historical Society: Cyrus M. Hair ’14 (Savannah, Ga.) is interning at the Minnesota Historical Society through the ACTC Museum Fellows Program. He mentors middle school students as they work on their History Day projects, helping them develop research skills. The American studies and psychology major never expected that his interests in social justice and education would turn him toward the museum field, but that’s exactly what happened over the course of the semester.  “I love being a resource for young people,” he says.

Intern, Neighborhood Development Center: Alexander Bentz ’14 (Oakland, Calif.) first encountered the NDC while visiting their Midtown Global Market and Mercado Central projects as a first year student. “I thought their mission fit in well with my interests,” says the geography/economics major, so he began interning for them in 2012. His ongoing project focuses on gathering data that will give low-income minority entrepreneurs access to greater opportunities. This year’s emphasis is on planning for business opportunities along the future Southwest Metro Light Rail expansion.  His two-year relationship with NDC, he says, “has made me want to keep working at an organization where people are passionate about what they’re doing. It has been a great way to learn about the nonprofit world.”

April 2 2014

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