People: Interns


Maya is an undergraduate student at RPI, in the Sustainability Studies program with a focus on Ecology. During the Summer of 2018, Maya volunteered with the Uptown Summer program, where she gave workshops about Grassroots Science, and helped the youth …


Lydia Robb is the 2018 Uptown Summer Urban Ecology and Social Media Intern. Lydia is currently pursuing a BFA in Studio Art at Concordia University. She brings to the internship a background in environmental activism, gardening, and community arts organizing. …


Catie Rafferty is a photography and video intern at The Sanctuary for Summer 2018. She will be documenting the 2018 Uptown Summer youth employment program.

Catie is working on her BFA in Photojournalism at Rochester Institute of Technology. …


Chris Johnstone is one of Uptown Summer 2018’s video interns. Chris studies Photography and First People’s Studies at Concordia University. He makes video art that incorporates history, satire, and non-linear forms. Chris is excited to research the history of the …


Durasia, an RPI mathematics student, is the Uptown Summer 2018 Data Justice Intern. She first discovered the Sanctuary on a class visit in Spring of 2018. Durasia has been involved in volunteering with her own community since high school and …


Cristina is an intern at the Sanctuary for Uptown Summer and Fall 2018. She is working on social media, radio, and video. She is currently going into her junior year at SUNY Albany, working toward a BA in Journalism and …


Traevon Vautrin is the Sanctuary’s youngest intern. Traevon has been volunteering since he was 8 years old. As of 2018, he is 11 years old and attends Knickerbacker Middle School in Lansingburgh, NY. Through his experience at the Sanctuary, Traevon …


Giselle is an intern for The Sanctuary for the Spring of 2018. She is a double major and her focuses are English and Theatre. She is currently wrapping up her last semester at Russell Sage College here in Troy. At …


Sofia Villela joined the Sanctuary as a social media intern for the fall 2017 season. She graduated from SUNY Binghamton in May of 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, and a minor in Global Studies. As an undergraduate, …


Kristen is an intern at The Sanctuary For Independent Media. She is currently a graduate student in the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program at SUNY Albany. She has a B.A. from SUNY Oswego where she studied Cinema Studies and …


Cody Updike is an intern at The Sanctuary for the Spring of 2018. He attends SUNY Albany, majoring in Communications with a focus on digital and social media marketing. He minors in Journalism. At The Sanctuary, he works advancing social …


Edison Su(Shengjie Su) is a intern in The Sanctuary.  He is a SUNY-ALBANY student studying Communication and Documentary study.  He is a documentary filmmaker, advertising man, phtographer.  He wants to make the world a better place.  For example, He wants …


Jessica Onion is a student from RPI, majoring in Sustainability Studies. She started interning with the Sanctuary in the fall of 2016, and will continue until June of 2017. Some of her academic/community interests include food sovereignty and community resilience. …


Hannah Moran is interning at The Sanctuary for Independent Media for her 2017 spring semester. She is a SUNY New Paltz student studying media management. Having grown up in the city of Albany and having a passion for community outreach, …


 

Karina Wojnar, Spring 2017 intern and Siena Scholar for Uptown Summer 2017. She is a Siena College student studying social justice, art, and economics. She is a reader, hiker, writer, and activist. She is from Northern New Jersey …


 

Nick Nerolien is a senior at the University at Albany with a double major in Communication and Sociology. He interned at the Sanctuary of Independent Media during the spring 2017 semester. Nick came to the Sanctuary to …


NATURE Lab enthusiast and WOOC correspondent Julia Cavicchi has been involved with the Sanctuary since 2016. This year, she is coordinating a variety of radio and audio mapping projects with the Uptown Summer youth employment program, focusing on stories of …


Jenna Kersten studies English, International Studies, and German as a rising senior at Siena College. She is spending the summer at the Sanctuary as a part of the Dake Fellowship Program through Siena’s Center for …


I am Sierra Sukay and I am a junior at Emma Willard School, which is right up the hill in Troy, New York. I am doing a STEAM project (science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics) here at the Sanctuary with Kathy …


Chelsea is a senior at Suny Purchase College. Her major is Arts Management with a minor in Art History. Her first two years of college she completed at Hudson Valley studying Art Gallery Management which has helped her develop an eye for art and design.
Chelsea has been a member of The Sanctuary For Independent Media since 2008 when she first visited Troy. In 2010 she moved to Troy from Pennsylvania to independently begin school. The Sanctuary has allowed Chelsea to learn media arts of all kinds.

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