Department of English Language and Literature

MSC03 2170
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001

Physical Location:
Second Floor

Phone: (505) 277-6347
Fax: (505) 277-0021

Profiles of Current Interns

Marisa Abeyta

Professional Writing Major and Women Studies Minor

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Marisa Abeyta is a senior at the University of New Mexico. She will graduate in May 2013 with a B.A. in Professional Writing and a Minor in Women Studies. She has completed Professional Writing coursework in Proposal and Grant Writing and Editing. While taking Proposal and Grant Writing, she worked closely with two colleagues to write a grant for the New Mexico Holocaust and Intolerance Museum. This Spring 2013 semester, Marisa is taking a Feminist in Action class that requires field experience with a local organization. Marisa has always had a great interest in helping others and would like to serve her community by volunteering at the New Mexico Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

From September to December 2012, Marisa interned with Albuquerque The Magazine. During the internship, she learned how to keep up in the fast-paced field of journalism. Marisa’s duties included maintaining archives, conducting interviews with business professionals, and writing several brief articles that were then published in three monthly issues.

She is currently employed at Dillard’s as a sales associate. In this job, she has gained excellent communication and customer service skills. Upon graduation, Marisa hopes to use the skills she has learned in both her academic and internship work to enter a career in the field of Professional Writing. Marisa also wants to obtain a teaching license and attend graduate school in the near future.

Anna Adams

Professional Writing Intern

Anna AdamsMy name is Anna Adams, and I am a professional writing student at the University of New Mexico. I will graduate December 2014 with a Bachelor's in English and German and a minor in interdisciplinary studies. I currently work as a German and writing tutor at the Center for Academic Program Support (CAPS) at UNM, and I also write articles for the UNM Foundation. In the future, I am interested in continuing my education in German studies and remaining in the professional writing field.

Catherine Agriesti

Professional Writing and Pysychology Student

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Catherine Agriesti is a senior in the Professional Writing Program at UNM with a minor in Psychology. She is scheduled to graduate in December 2013 after several appearances on the Dean’s List. Catherine is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. As a hardworking student, she has put all of her effort into her studies, performing well in various courses in Professional and Technical Writing, the most recent of which is the Internship Seminar where she has just been approved for a Professional Writing internship with the Marketing Department of the City of Albuquerque. She hopes to work with various technologies and mediums to put the skills she has obtained from her diligence as a student to work in a professional writing environment.

After graduation, Catherine aspires to work in the design and editing fields of Professional Writing. Advertising and publishing have always intrigued Catherine and driven her to work for a Professional Writing degree, so that she can one day use her interests to assist companies with their visual materials. She is familiar with Microsoft Word, Powerpoint, Excel, QuickBooks, Adobe Photoshop, and Adobe InDesign.

Kelsey Barela

Professional Writing Intern

Kelset BarelaKelsey Barela is a senior at the University of New Mexico, completing her Bachelor’s degree in English with a concentration in Professional Writing and a minor in Religious Studies. She will graduate in December of 2014. She is currently interning with UNM Public Events at the Marketing Department of Popejoy Hall where she writes, edits, and proofreads press releases and performance guides, as well as assists with mailers, brochures, and fundraising materials.

Kelsey has taken many beneficial classes through the Professional Writing program at UNM that will improve her skills in a professional context. These include multiple Creative Writing courses, Expository Writing, Introduction to Professional Writing, Editing, Visual Rhetoric and Stylistic Analysis. She also participated in reading submissions for the Blue Mesa Review, a literary magazine through UNM. Along with these courses, she also took a summer course in Perugia, Italy, in which she studied and wrote about Italian Gardens, the history behind them, and the way in which they have evolved.

Upon graduating, she hopes to begin a career in which she can assist in editing and publishing for magazines or novels. She also hopes to find a way to incorporate her love for creative writing and photography.

Joseph Buck

Professional Writing Intern

Joseph BuckI have worked in radio for over eight years performing various tasks from producing to on-air responsibilities. I am currently a junior at the University of New Mexico working on a Bachelor’s degree in Communication and Journalism with a multimedia focus. Writing is one of my passions as I create content for various websites along with my own blog which is why I also decided to minor in professional writing. Working in and around sports is my current and career focus.

Moriah Carty

Professional Writing Intern

Moriah CartyUNM Professional Writing and Spanish student, Moriah Carty will graduate in May 2015 with a double major. Her course work involves Introduction to Professional Writing, Technical Writing, Grant and Proposal Writing, Visual Rhetoric, Expository Writing, Creative Writing, Philosophical and Critical Thinking, Documentation, Editing, Phonetics and Phonology of Spanish, Developing Spanish Writing, Medical and Public Health Spanish. Upon graduation she hopes to attend graduate school where she will study rhetoric and communications. Moriah is on the Dean’s list and is currently interning at the Daily Lobo where she writes at least one feature story per week in the Culture section. She also works at The UPS Store where she uses Microsoft Word, Excel, Publisher, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop and minimal experience in Illustrator. Working within retail has taught her a lot about how customers interpret and understand information, as well as knowing the needs before the need is needed. Although she has a full day, she still makes time for outdoor sports and photography. One of her favorite pastimes are rock climbing and mountain biking. She also tries to keep an active webpage where she uploads published works and personal accounts of her adventures.

Rebecca Casteel

Comparative Lit and Professional Writing Student

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Rebecca Casteel is a senior earning a dual degree in Professional Writing and Comparative Literature and plans to graduate in May of 2013. Rebecca has completed courses in professional writing, expository writing, proposal and grant writing as well as many courses in literature. She is currently a writing intern for Popejoy Hall’s marketing division.

Outside of her interest in professional writing, Rebecca is an experienced horseback rider and has competed in numerous horse shows in the Hunter/Jumper division in Las Cruces and Albuquerque.

She is also an avid reader, and owns more books than will fit on her bookshelves. Rebecca hopes to one day work for National Geographic.

Victoria Chacon

Professional Writing Major, Communications Minor, Digital Media Associate, and Movie Enthusiast

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Victoria Chacon is a senior in the Professional Writing Program here at UNM with a minor in Communication and also working on an associate degree in Digital Media. As a student Victoria enjoys learning about building and designing documents. Victoria has completed professional writing courses such as Editing, and Intro to Professional Writing. Victoria is currently taking courses in Proposal and Grant Writing and the Internship Seminar that has given her the opportunity to search for internships within her field.

Victoria is currently interning with ABQ-Live The Magazine, and has worked with writing and page layout, her work can be found in Issue 10 of ABQ-Live The Magazine.   Victoria's communications courses have helped her learn about audiences and how various situations call for various writing skills and abilities. Courses such as Business and Professional Speaking, Interviewing, and Magazine Writing are just a few of the courses that have prepared her for the work she does outside of school. Victoria's Digital Media work has also had a great influence on her work both in the academic and professional setting.  

After graduation, Victoria hopes to work in an industry where she can both write and design various documents. Victoria has experience working with design programs such as Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign, which have helped her in her writing career. Victoria hopes to one day work in the film industry and use her writing and designing skills to help promote film in New Mexico. When not in school Victoria enjoys drawing, reading, and animating, among other things.

Please visit Victoria's Online Professional Writing Portfolio for more information about her work!

Renee Chavez

English Major, French Minor, Future Editor, and World Traveler

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Renée Chavez is a senior at the University of New Mexico who will be graduating in the summer of 2013. She is majoring in English with a concentration in literature anda minor in French. Pursuing this degree has included coursework in technical editing, literary theory and criticism, the history of the English language, authors such as Milton and Shakespeare, and seminars on the culture of Paris and the history of the various French Revolutions. She has also spent a year studying abroad to improve her French and widen her view of the world.

She is proficient in Microsoft Word, Exel, Powerpoint, Outlook and can speak French at an intermediate level. She has had experience working in a range ofprofessional environments from military bases to aquatic centers to theaters. Renée is currently an intern at the National Hispanic Cultural Center Foundation and is helping with an event to launch STEMArts and Dream Builders this spring.

Based on her interests in languages, literature, travel, and art, her plans in the future to be an editor for a publishing company or to work abroad for the government using her language skills and adaptability to new cultures and environments.

Desiree Cordova

Professional Writing Intern

Desiree Cordova

Desiree Cordova is a senior at the University of New Mexico. She will graduate in the fall of 2014 with a major in Professional Writing and a minor in Journalism and Mass Communications.  She completed coursework in editing, grant and proposal writing, and creative writing.

Desiree has participated in an interactive marketing internship for Heritage Hotels and Resorts, where she worked she managed several social media sites and wrote the company blog.  Her most recent internship was for ABQ-Live the Magazine, where she wrote and edited articles, managed the blog and social networks and created formal business documents for the business.

After graduation Desiree hopes to find a career in professional writing.  The skills she learned from UNM Professional Writing courses along with her expertise in Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Social Media Platforms will give her a head start in the job market.

Maria Elwan

Professional Writing Intern

Maria ElwanMaria Elwan is a senior at the University of New Mexico. She is scheduled to graduate in December 2014 with a B.A. in English - Professional Writing Concentration and a minor in Sustainability Studies. She has completed coursework in Proposal and Grant Writing and Visual Rhetoric.

She was selected as a Ronald E. McNair Scholar and was part of the 2012-13 Cohort that took part in an intensive graduate school prep program.

In addition to her studies, Maria is actively involved in researching sustainable living and is combining her passions for sustainability and documentary film production. As part of her UNM coursework she wrote, directed and produced a mini documentary about Living Off The Grid.

To further her commitment to community empowerment, she is also on the Board of Directors of ABQ Hours Exchange, a time banking exchange in Albuquerque, whose members exchange services for time instead of money.

Upon graduation, Maria plans to continue researching and writing about sustainable living and refining her documentary making skills. She plans to apply to interdisciplinary graduate programs that combine her interests in film and communication.

Margarita Fuchs

Professional Writing and Business Student

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Margaret Fuchs is a senior at UNM, with a concentration is Professional Writing, and a minor in Business. She plans to continue her education by achieving an MBA through the Anderson School of Management, thus making contract management her ultimate career choice.

Margaret’s passion is writing, although business management has been her main career path in the past. She feels merging the two will create a multiplicity of opportunities just as the Professional Writing program has offered the same dynamic by interrelating courses such as visual design, editing, and technical writing. She is committed to her family as well as a full-time class schedule and she looks forward to the growth that will follow by applying the skills learned through her years of management with those skills acquired through the English Department at UNM.

Her internship is through the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court, in which the course work at UNM prepared her for writing documents such as proposals, public relations releases, white papers, analysis reports, and contract writing. She speaks fluent Spanish and English and is confident the skills and abilities mentioned here will offer a foundation for her continued growth as a writer, while providing an opportunity to add value to the workplace.

Natalie Gaik

Professional Writing and Communications Student

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Natalie Gaik is a senior at the University of New Mexico. She is studying English with a focus in Professional Writing and pursuing a minor in Communication. She hopes to graduate from UNM in the fall of 2013 and plans on going to graduate school to further her education. The graduate schools she is currently considering are DePaul University in Chicago, IL and Emerson College in Boston, MA.

Natalie was born in Stuttgart, Germany and grew up an Army Brat, something that has played a big role in shaping her easy-going yet focused personality. She has many interests, which show through the courses she takes. She loves words and language and has taken both Spanish and Latin courses throughout her time at UNM. She has also delved into social psychology, philosophy, and web design. She loves Shakespeare and is fascinated by the Tudor era in English history.

Natalie has been working at Barnes and Noble Bookstore for the past two years, which has given her a wider knowledge of the book industry. She hopes one day to be a successful publisher or editor. Natalie would be happy working for a book-publishing house, editing for women’s magazines, or teaching at the high school level.

Samuel Gallardo

Professional Writing Intern

Samuel GallardoProfessional Writing Major and Business Minor Samuel Gallardo is a senior at UNM and will graduate in the spring of 2015. Some of his class courses consist of Professional Writing, Editing, Legal Writing, and Visual Rhetoric. He has an Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts from the Central New Mexico Community College. He plans to continue his education by going for an MBA through the Anderson School of Management at UNM. Samuel has had experience working at PS Disability Advocates, a small law firm that helps clients get disability, for almost eight years. He has volunteered with SWOP and Rooted in the Community, which are two food justice programs. He is also a member of four different school organizations at UNM. Samuel is proficient in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Access, and can speak Spanish fluently. Samuel’s passion is creative writing and he is taking advanced creative writing courses in fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. Samuel is an intern at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science. His work consists of writing and editing annual reports, bi-monthly newsletters, and helping organize events.

Vicky Jo Gonzales

Professional Writing Intern

Vicky Jo Gonzales is currently a senior at the University of New Mexico (UNM), where she plans to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, with an emphasis in Professional Writing, and a Minor in History. Vicky graduated with honors from Central NM Community College in 2011 with an AS degree in Integrated Studies.

Vicky has several years of experience in Finance with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of NM and Bank of America, formerly Sunwest Bank of Albuquerque where she obtained experience in various forms of technical and creative writing. She is currently working as an Intern for the University of NM, Office for the Associate Vice President for Student Services, Center for Education Policy Research, and assists with writing College/Career Readiness Proposals.

Vicky also enjoys creative writing, and has been working on a memoir for the past two years. She is passionate about animals and has an immense interest in animal welfare, particularly in helping abused and abandoned dogs. Currently, her main emphasis is to help improve education policy in NM, particularly for underrepresented and disadvantaged students of all ages, races and ethnicities. Vicky has considerations to pursue her Master’s Degree at the Anderson School of Management, School of Public Administration, or the College of Education here at UNM.

Alec Jamerson

Professional Writing Major and Communications and Journalism Minor

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Alec N. Jamerson is a senior at the University of New Mexico majoring in English with a focus in Professional Writing, and minoring in Communication and Journalism. As an intern working for the Cultural Services Department of the City of Albuquerque, writes press releases, ads, and updates the department’s Facebook page and Twitter account. His other duties include writing standards of procedure, and researching laws that are directly related to city ordinances and event planning.

Alec’s ambition to become a lawyer spurs his drive to not only become efficient in composing and interpreting the written word, but to do so with as many different types of documents as possible.

When he is not composing documents for work or school, Alec enjoys studying Japanese, swimming, and improving his debate skills by engaging in conversations that border the philosophical and nonsensical.

Lauren Kedge

Professional Writing Intern

Lauren KedgeLauren Kedge is currently a senior at the University of New Mexico pursuing a double major in Professional Writing and Spanish. She has completed several professional writing based classes: Editing, Proposals & Grant Writing, Blogging, Traditional Grammar, and Technical Writing. Lauren is a fluent Spanish speaker. She has completed several upper division Spanish courses, including three courses while studying abroad in Cuenca, Ecuador. She is carrying a 3.98 cumulative GPA and has been on the Dean’s List since her first semester of college. She is a student in the UNM Honors Program and will graduate with an honors designation.

For her Professional Writing Internship Seminar, Lauren is working in the law office of Christina Rosado, where she works on several immigration and nationality cases. She spends most of her time preparing cases by revising affidavits, gathering necessary documents, communicating with clients, and writing waivers. Lauren’s previous employment at Athlethes Edge, a local running store, and Boxing Bear, a local microbrewery, has prepared her for communicating with clients.

Lauren will graduate in May 2015 and hopes to attend the UNM law school in the fall. She plans to continue working with Christina Rosado throughout the spring semester.

Sara Kirkpatrick

Professional Writing and Economics Student

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Sara Kirkpatrick is a Senior at the University of New Mexico who is pursuing a double major in Economics and English, with a pre-professional concentration. She will graduate in May, 2013 and then she will apply to Law School.

She currently is an intern at the Harwood Art Center in downtown Albuquerque, a non-profit organization that provides art outlets to community members of all ages. Here she is writing gallery reviews and articles on events. Sara will also be assisting with writing grants, a skill she learned while taking English 418, Grants and Proposals, at UNM. In addition, she has been actively involved in Howl Raisers, a student group on campus that works with the Lobo Marketing Department in the effort to get more students to attend Athletic Events. Her experience working with the department has taught her to plan and market such events.

Sara enjoys attending athletic events and hopes one day, as an attorney, to write sports-related contracts. She also enjoys riding horses, running, baking, and traveling. She also spent time in Nicaragua studying economic development and she is interested in microfinance loans, as she feels they give great opportunities to those that are most in need of financial help. She hopes that any time taken off between graduation and Law School will be spent traveling and helping those in need.

Benjamin Lande

Professional Writer and Future Attorney

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Benjamin Lande is a senior at the University of New Mexico who plans on graduating spring 2013 with a BA in Professional Writing and a minor in Computer Science. Benjamin has also completed the University of New Mexico’s honors program. He is applying to law school for fall of 2013. Benjamin has done two internships with international mining concern, Freeport, McMoRan, Copper, and Gold during the summers of 2010 and 2011. Benjamin was also offered a summer internship by Honeywell in 2011. During the summer of 2012 Benjamin studied abroad in Cyprus and then visited many European Union countries.

Benjamin volunteers time teaching children how to play chess at a charter school. Benjamin is also a part of Nourish International and volunteers his time helping the organization raise money to help people improve their living conditions. He plans to go to Peru this summer to help build a health clinic on behalf of Nourish.

Benjamin currently works in the New Media & Extended learning department at UNM. He works supporting web conferencing and also editing standard operating procedures (SOPs) for WebCT, Learn, and Collaborate documentation.

Connor Lites

Professional Writing Student, Linguist, and Future Attorney

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Connor Lites is a native of New Mexico entering his final year at UNM. He is an English major with a Pre-Professional concentration and a minor in Foreign Languages, focusing in Japanese and French. He aspires to attend law school soon and eventually focus in international law. He is a member of the UNM University Honors College where he has been exposed to intensive writing and reading. Through his involvement at UNM, he is a member of two honor societies and has appeared on the Dean’s List. His experience in Foreign Languages has given him exposure to communication in many different cultures, and has allowed him many new opportunities in achieving his aspirations.

Currently Connor is proud to currently work as an intern at the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court, where he is gaining experience in reporting, analyzing case files, working with court administration, writing annual reports, working with judges, and gaining a great understanding of the legal system. He hopes that this will give him much experience when applying for and attending law school.

Andrew Montoya

Future Minister and Professional Writer

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Andrew Montoya is a senior at the University of New Mexico, majoring in Professional Writing with a minor in Psychology. He will graduate in the spring of 2013. He is currently an intern with a non-profit organization called The Students Rights Campaign. Andrew has been placed in charge of conducting grant and proposal writing to raise funds for an educational project that will support the program.

In 2012, Andrew has developed newsletters for his local Christian church, and has written personalized letters to church supporters and donors. He plans to go into the ministry with his local church upon graduation and continue his career in Professional Writing.

Andrew would like to expand on his knowledge in the field of Psychology after graduation, and pursue a Master of Psychology degree through the University of New Mexico’s Clinical Psychology program.

Andrew is versed in working with Microsoft Word, Powerpoint, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Dreamweaver, Adobe Photoshop, and Excel. He looks forward to graduation and has high hopes to use his training in the University of New Mexico’s Professional Writing program to further the world.

Katherine Mullé

Professional Writing Intern

Katherine MulléKatherine Mullé is a senior at the University of New Mexico. After studying abroad in Europe, she plans to graduate in 2015 with a B.A. in Professional Writing and a minor in Anthropology. Katherine has taken courses in professional writing, editing, proposal and grant writing, communication and journalism, composition writing, and expository writing, as well as a variety of literature courses. She has discovered her passion in communicating and expressing ideas through the art of writing, finding great satisfaction in creating and editing pieces that exude clarity and comprehension.

Katherine is currently interning at La Montanita Food Co-op, where she is assisting the editor of the Co-op Connection News. Her tasks include writing and editing articles, press releases, blog posts, e-news blasts, and other business documents as needed. She looks forward to gaining experience in the start to finish production of a monthly community newspaper, as well as a variety of other business related writing. When she’s not typing away at her laptop, Katherine enjoys participating in many other activities/societies at UNM, including The National Society for Leadership and Success, Jitterbugs Anonymous, and the Mountaineering Club. In her spare time (assuming she’s not still typing away at her laptop), she can be found reading well-loved books, pouring over recipe blogs, and daydreaming about travel.

Julie A. Pascal

Geoscinetist, Science Fiction Buff, and Professional Writer

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Julie Pascal is a returning student at the University of New Mexico where she is majoring in Earth and Planetary Science and minoring in Professional Writing. She looks forward to the challenges of communicating the wonders of science and exploration to a broad audience.

Julie is an amateur science fiction writer and is involved in on-line writing communities as well as the Albuquerque science fiction community. She has been on staff as the volunteer coordinator for the local science fiction convention, Bubonicon, for three years. Currently in her Professional Writing Internship Julie is able to incorporate her science fiction genre experiences into travel articles for Event Management International. She is responsible for completing research on travel destinations and for tailoring the articles she writes to a web-based, interactive, environment.

In addition to these creative applications, Julie sees a need and opportunity within her major area of study to apply her writing skills to clearly communicate, record, and make accessible, scientific and technical material. She hopes to write and edit grants, proposals and studies related to Earth and Planetary Science and Economic Geology in either the public or private sphere.

Enoch Platero

Professional Writing Intern

Enoch Platero is a senior at UNM pursuing a BA in English with a concentration in Professional Writing and a minor in communication. Set on graduating in Spring 2015, Enoch is preparing himself to enter the industry as an aspiring technical writer in government, law, and sciences. Fittingly, he is now an intern with the City of Albuquerque’s Cultural Services Administration department analyzing and reporting technical concepts to general audiences. Having been focused on writing at a young age, Enoch has achieved a comprehensive background in writing and editing that he will utilize in applying for and attending graduate school in his home city of Boston. Aside from writing, Enoch also enjoys piano playing, singing, and volleyball. He is also an accomplished makeup artist, baker, and cake decorator. Other academic interests include socio-linguistics, cognitive psychology, mediation, and interpersonal communication.

Sadie Sanabria

Professional Writing Intern

Sadie SanabriaI’m currently a senior pursuing a double Major in English Professional Writing and Psychology. I originally paired the two because I had planned to go into clinical psychology, but after taking several child and developmental psychology courses and helping to raise my nephew I’ve learned I’m much more interested in interacting with children in a non-clinical environment.  I want to be able to make a difference in the lives of children and see them on their goods days and bad, elementary education is the solution I’ve found. Luckily the internship program allows me to pursue more wholeheartedly this interest as well as fulfil my degree requirements.

Samantha Serrano

Professional Writing Intern

Samantha Serrano is a senior at the University of New Mexico seeking degrees in Professional Writing and Philosophy with a Pre-law concentration.  She plans to attend law school and become a lawyer specializing in Constitutional Law and Civil Liberties.

Samantha has taken a wide variety of English classes ranging from professional writing to literature and analysis. In those classes she has learned how to create professional documents as well as write literary analysis' and literary critiques. In addition, her philosophy classes have taught her how to write philosophical critiques. She intends to use the skills taught in these classes to grow as a writer and transfer those skills to help her as a lawyer.

Samantha has completed two professional writing internships, one as a bulletin editor at The Shrine of St. Bernadette and the other as an intern for Project Defending Life. Her work there has taught her the importance of working as a team, communicating effectively with others, the importance of obedience, and time management. In addition to her internships, she has directed two student organizations. Those experiences have taught her how to manage teams, organize events, listen to the needs of members, and make important decisions. All of these skills easily transfer to the realm of professional writing.

Samantha expects to graduate in December of 2014. She plans to continue learning about the legal system and enter law school in August of 2015. Her dedication to her work as a student as well as her work ethic will set her up as a prime candidate for potential law schools and employment opportunities.   ​

Wendy Stein

Human Services and Social Policy and Professional Writing Student

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Wendy Stein is a senior at the University of New Mexico. She will graduate in the spring of 2013 with a BA in English and Sociology, with concentrations in Professional Writing and Human Services and Social Policy. She has maintained above a 4.0 GPA in both majors. Classes in visual rhetoric, web writing, and professional writing have allowed Wendy to attain expertise in document writing, design, and web writing. Sociological study and statistical analysis have honed strong skills in Internet research and high proficiency with SPSS software.

Professional and volunteer experience includes advocating for disabled members of the community in order to secure available resources and opportunity. Wendy also provides support in APS classrooms, organizes and participates in fundraising opportunities for numerous organizations, and creates marketing materials for various events.

Wendy is currently serving as an intern for New Mexico AIDS Services. She is working on grant writing, website content writing, and is also helping with various events. Wendy wants to use her writing skills in order to advocate for members of her community, a passion she hopes will turn into an employment opportunity upon graduation.

Erinn Tibbs

Professional Writing Intern

Erinn TibbsErinn Tibbs English Major, Journalism Minor, and Movie Fanatic Erinn Tibbs is a senior at the University of New Mexico. She is majoring in English with a concentration in professional writing and minoring in Communication and Journalism. Erinn is currently taking notable courses for her major such as Editing, Documentation, and the Internship Seminar. She just accepted an internship with Stone Lion Environmental, LLC, which specializes in classified destruction and sanitization operations for Sandia National Laboratories and the Department of Energy. Previously, Erinn held an internship with Sandia National Laboratories as a member of the CASoS Engineering program. Her duties included editorial and bibliographic support for several CASoS projects. Erinn has also taken additional classes for her major and minor, most notably Writing and Editing for Multimedia Journalism, Multimedia and Visual Communication, and Magazine Writing. After graduation, Erinn hopes to use her professional writing and journalism experience to explore the field of publishing, one that she has always been interested in and yearns to learn more about. She wishes to gain a position either at a publishing house or within a publication staff. In the meantime, Erinn will stick to her hobby of watching and seeing movies. She has gained the uncanny ability of memorizing movie quotes and tidbits of movie trivia.

Camila Valdez

Professional Writing and Anthropology Student

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Camila Valdez is a technical writing student who sees the field as a beneficial and practical field to study. Her experience in writing and communication includes extensive papers on cultural analysis including ethnographic vignettes, proposal and grant writing, recommendation reports, press releases, marketing, branding and design.

In addition to her academic works, Camila has communication experience in customer service. She prides herself in being able to communicate clearly about important subjects, such as those she worked on at the Children’s Grief Center of New Mexico as well as providing a good customer experience to the guests that come in to her current workplace at Johnson Center, the University of New Mexico’s gymnasium.

KeriLynn Warner

Professional Writing Major and Business Minor

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KeriLynn Warner is a senior in her final semester at the University of New Mexico, pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in English with a concentration in Professional Writing and a minor in Management. KeriLynn also possesses an Associate’s degree in Business from Central New Mexico Community College. Throughout her studies at UNM KeriLynn has maintained a 4.0 in her English courses. Courses completed include Traditional Grammar, Professional Writing, Business and Professional Communication, Web Writing, Visual Rhetoric, and Editing, among many others. Additionally, KeriLynn’s academic achievements include being a recipient of the competitive Dale and Ivan Melada Scholarship in Professional Writing.

KeriLynn is presently an intern at Allen Sigmon Real Estate Group where she has rewritten, revised, created, and proofread multiple documents. She is currently in the process of revising and recreating Allen Sigmon’s Human Resources manual.

KeriLynn recently worked at a hotel as an Administrative Assistant to the General Manager where she had the opportunity to create the monthly newsletter, flyers and other documents that aided her in gaining experience and sharpening her skills as a writer and editor. Additionally, KeriLynn worked as a Human Resources Assistant at a non-profit company where she gained experience creating forms, letters, and memos.

As graduation approaches, KeriLynn hopes to obtain a permanent position in the field of professional writing where she can utilize her skills as a writer and editor.