People: Interns


I am Sujin Chung, a junior at Emma Willard School that is located in Troy, NY. I am doing a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) project at the Sanctuary for Independent Media with Simone Johnson as my mentor. …


Brittany is currently an undergraduate at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute who will graduate in December 2019 with a B.S in Communication. For the past two years, Brittany has been focused mainly on writing and marketing, but is excited to use all …


Sophia Cahillane officially joined the Sanctuary in September 2019, halfway through her junior year at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She began her semester-long internship as part of the Arch at RPI. She studies Applied Physics with a concentration in Electrical Engineering …


Bryanna is an undergraduate at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute studying physics with a concentration in sustainability graduating in December 2019 and will be continuing her education in January 2020 with a master’s in mechanical engineering. For the past two years she …


Hazelle Lerum (she/her) is a student at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute pursuing a B.S. in Science, Technology & Society with a minor in Biology. She has had many roles at the Sanctuary during her time in Troy–participant observer, fundraiser, volunteer, and, …


Joffré Roy-Beauregard was born in Granby, Québec, in 1993. He is a young passionate and multifaceted, Montreal-based artist. He recently completed his BFA at Montreal’s Concordia University, majoring in Painting and Drawing. However, before focusing on art making, he completed …


This is Joules! One of the Canadian interns at the Sanctuary for the 2019 summer. Currently finishing up her BFA at Concordia University in Montreal, Joules was attracted to the sanctuary for the myriad of mediums available! Her past work …


Diani Drake is a perspective film major with a music minor at Brooklyn College. She is 21 and a current summer intern at the Sanctuary for Independent Media, with a primary focus on video and radio engineering. With this program, …


Mikaela is a BFA student completing a specialization in Art Education with a minor in English Literature at Concordia University. For the past four years, she has been very involved in student union politics and activism on issues, such as …


Petra is an undergraduate student at Concordia University in the Art History/Studio Arts split major. Their research interests include critical examinations of the archive and institutions of memory; “North American” pop-culture and national myths; social justice in the settler-colonial state; …


Megan is a third year undergraduate student at Siena College, majoring in English with a minor in Writing and Communication as well as a Certificate in Community Development. At Sanctuary, Megan will be working on radio production for WOOC 105.3 …


My name is Cassidy McCabe (pronouns: she/her and they/them), and I was a Spring Intern at the Sanctuary of Independent Media from the University at Albany. I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies. Now …


Morgan is the social media producer intern here at the Sanctuary. She is a final semester Senior at University at Albany studying Communications with a minor in Business. She comes from Queens, New York and is excited to pursue a …


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 …

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