Sophomore. Psychology Major. Religious Studies Minor. Friend.
Rob is interning at City Hall, shadowing the director of earthquake safety. He does various administrative tasks, he meets assistants, performs research, and implements community safety outreach programs. Rob’s main goal is to update the city to make it more resilient. It is a big responsibility, and Rob does a wonderful job making sure it’s done right.
One of Rob’s favorite spots in the city is the Marin Headlands, lands end, and Baker Beach. He loves these spots because he can escape into nature. He says, “seeing the juxtaposition of the built environment in the city and the natural world, this intersection between the two, is where I find God.”
Something that Rob has learned so far this semester is learning how to prioritize loving “the other” over everything else. Rob says, “It’s trying to understand the depth and history behind every person and the complexities of problem solving.”
Sophomore. Psychology Major. Friend.
Becca is interning at a non profit organization called 826 National. This organization focuses on tutoring, writing, and publishing for the local kids in the city. There is a branch on Valencia St. called 826 Valencia where Becca spends some of her time tutoring kids one on one. But other days, she is at the headquarters researching different aspects of educational issues, facilitating meetings, and brainstorming ideas that they can improve on for the organization.
Becca’s favorite spot in the city is land’s end, specifically the coastal part. It is almost the Presidio. She loves looking out at the bridge and other parts of the city that you can see from there. She says, “it’s really peaceful and calm”. Becca also loves walking through the park. She said that her favorite district is the Marina. She enjoys the aesthetics of it and all the shop. But mainly, any coffee shop in the city is a good place to find her.
Something that Becca has learned a lot about herself and how she fits in to the larger contexts of the city. She has also learned what her faith looks like and how she is being a follow of Christ in the city. She said, “I still stick to what I believe and to my convictions, but I love everyone around me. It has been an interesting journey to see how I fit into that and what it looks like in San Francisco.”
Sophomore. English and Communications Major. Friend.
Emily is interning at Jossey-Bass Publishing Company which has recently been bought out by Wiley Publishers. Emily works in two departments, the editorial department and the publicity department. Some of her responsibilities are looking through manuscripts, checking citations, writing press releases, and sending emails to the media. A recent project that she is working on is sending emails announcing new books and she is recording the different responses. Emily says, “I have five different supervisors, so I always have something different to do and it can get crazy at times.”
Emily’s favorite spot in the city, besides the Clunie House, is Hayes Valley. She says, “it feels like something really cozy and quaint in the big city. There are plenty of great shops and good food, it almost feels like it could be its own neighborhood.” Emily also noted how it always seems sunny there, which is partly why she enjoys it so much.
Something that Emily has learned so far on this semester is that communication is a big thing, especially when part of a community. She has learned what it even means to be in a community and when it is appropriate to speak up and saying where she is at or even asking for help. She says, “it has been really valuable. I have been put out of my comfort zone, but its a good thing.”
Sophomore. English Major. Friend.
Megan is interning at HarperOne Publishing. This company publishes many topics that include: religion, spirituality, health, fitness, biographies, and memoirs. Some of Megan’s responsibilities are sending mail all over the world to different authors and other famous people. She looks at manuscripts and evaluates them to see if they fit HarperOne’s style. She edits study guides in the back of books, and she sometimes gets to write the back panel or cover descriptions, along with other administrative work.
Megan’s favorite spot in the city is Green Apple Books. Located on Clement Street, it has a beautiful and big selection of all used books. It has two shops that are separated by a small barber shop. She says, “it is a place you can get lost in.” It is one of her favorite spots because she has a huge affinity for reading.
Something that Megan has learned so far on this semester is how sustainable the environment is in the city. San Francisco’s compact size requires people to not indulge in their consumer fantasies, and she really appreciates that. She also really appreciates the compostable system that is required in the city. Megan said, “I was used to thinking of cities as polluted and gross, but it’s not like that here.”
Sophomore. Business and Economics Major. Friend.
Ashley is interning at a capital management firm in the financial district called Cross Point. Ashley is responsible for managing their email marketing campaign and some of their investor relationships. She is also in charge of recording expense reports and administering block trades. Basically, she creates a portfolio for her clients based on their personality and their interests. This portfolio is about buying and selling stocks, so Ashley decides when it is a good time to buy or sell. She said, “I picked this internship because stocks are fascinating and I want to understand them and not to be afraid of investing. And I have definitely learned these things.”
Ashley’s favorite spot in the city is the Sutro Ruins, specifically running to the ruins. She enjoys not only the run there, but the small hike it takes to get up there. Ashley loves watching the sunset from that spot. She described it as a location that is opposite from her internship and she enjoys being able to go somewhere in the city where it is calm and relaxed. She said, “It’s one of those rare quiet spots in the city.”
Something that Ashley has learned on the semester so far is that community is perfect and that you should embrace it the way it is. She loves being involved and loves learning to see God in people. She is also learning what it means to be apart of a community and caring for those who are in it.
Sophomore. Communications Major. Friend.
Megan is interning at Reality SF. This is a church that is currently focusing on becoming a “slow church” and really delving into one another and taking the time to appreciate every word from the Bible. As an intern, Megan is part of the kids and family ministry. This means that she plans events which includes researching, making lists, shopping for supplies, and setting everything up. Megan is also in charge of getting the volunteers ready for each service, emailing information, and actual hands on activities with the kids. Megan said, “the best part is when I get to see something that I have worked really hard on and it being used for the staff (and have it be helpful too).”
Megan’s favorite spot in the city this far is the Sutro bath ruins. She loves that whole cliff side of Ocean Beach. She feels like that location is in a spot that just seems like the water expands in all directions. She also enjoys Sutro Sam, which is an otter that found its way into the water and has yet to leave. Megan said, “I feel like this spot is underrated in the city. It’s not talked about very much and it is such a great place to change the pace of your day.”
Something that Megan has learned so far in this semester is how to be more independent. She described that she is more comfortable doing things by herself and she is much more sure of herself now then she ever has been in the past because of the experiences that she has encountered thus far. She has also discovered that she loves cities!
Sophomore. Art Major. Friend.
Adrina works at a non profit called Made In A Free World which deals with modern day slavery. They work with consumers to demand products that are produced fair trade, and works with businesses to look at their supply chains to see if they are using forced labor at the raw material level. As an intern, she creates graphics for them to post on their FB page and also for their blog. Adrina works on small projects in advertising for their different campaigns and overall suggest things to better the website. She described, ”I work with a bunch of young people who are passionate for the subject, and it really has encouraged me to dive into this intense issue and learn about it and gain a deeper understanding.”
Sophomore. English Major. Friend.
Tyler is interning at St. Anthony’s Foundation. This is a non-profit organization that works to help with the basic needs of the low income people and families of San Francisco, specifically, the Tenderloin District. Her specific title is a communications and digital media intern. This means that she will take photos of every facet of the organization. She also writes articles on current events or stories of the guests that St. Anthony’s helps. Tyler will then take those stories and post them on their social media sites. She will also walk different volunteers to their perspective sights and give them an overview of the tasks that they will be completing. I asked Tyler how this relates to her major and she said, “With all the writing practice that I’m doing, I get to hear people’s stories and then tell them to everyone else. So it’s my job to make sure that I am portraying the story correctly.”
Tyler’s favorite spot in the city is a random but also specific part of Golden Gate Park. She thought she was the first to discover it, because she likes to climb this specific tree there, but it turns out that everyone knows about it. At least everyone that she has told about that spot to. She still likes it, even though it wasn’t her discovery.
Something that Tyler has learned this semester is how to show people that she cares for them even without having to specifically give them something. I think she gets a lot of this learning from working at her internship, but she says she has found the deeper need inside of people. Tyler says, “just by looking someone in the eye or shaking their hand or calling them by their name, it is showing that I am caring for them, even with the simple things because those make all the difference.”