A Tale of Two Internships

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While it’s common for students to intern over the summer, it’s rare that one completes two internships – in vastly different areas and on two different coasts – simultaneously. But art history major Kacie Celli did just that.

For starters, she worked as a features intern in New York at Town & Country magazine, the affluent lifestyle magazine now in its 170th year. She researched stories for editors, kept up with the culture calendar, and hunted things down in the magazine’s archives. She also got to pitch stories and published her own work on the magazine’s website. “I love magazines,” Celli says. “I have always read them, and I’m creative, and really into writing and photography, so I knew I wanted to do something in this field. It’s been a great opportunity to see how a magazine comes together.”

When she wasn’t keeping tabs on the royal family or pounding the streets of Manhattan, Celli worked remotely with New Story, a San Francisco charity that builds houses for people in Haiti who lost their homes in the 2010 earthquake. She was a marketing intern, writing and managing social media accounts for the charity. “Town & Country was great, but I didn’t want it to be the only thing I’m about. ”It’s very targeted toward the wealthy, and you can sometimes get lost in that whole world and forget there are people struggling,“ Celli says. ”I’m glad I also got this other perspective with New Story. It was good to see how a nonprofit works."

New Story operates on a crowd-funding basis, where donors can contribute to a home project, or donate the entire cost – about $6,000 – for a new home. “You pick a family, and get their names and pictures of them, and New Story sends videos of the house being built,” says Celli. “It’s definitely a great endeavor, because 100 percent of donations go straight to building these homes.”

While working two jobs made for a hectic summer, Celli wouldn’t have had it any other way, and was inspired by the challenges. “People talk about doing well and doing good, and obviously you want to succeed in life, but we also need to give back,” she says. “We’re so much more fortunate here than people in many countries, where a lot of people struggle to build a house.”

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