Our interns play an important role behind the scenes as well as in the development of every issue of Alpinist. Without their selfless dedication to the cause, the magazine would not be what it is today. Herein, we present the exalted interns emeriti:
Intern, Winter 2002-2003
When not out guiding, instructing, or plain old playing, Molly makes her home on the West side of the Tetons. Since working for Alpinist Molly has had articles and features published in Rock and Ice, Climbing, Patagonia, She Sends, The American Alpine Journal, and a variety of other publications, including an upcoming book with The Mountaineers. Molly also spends time working for The Mountain Fund, a non-profit dedicated to helping mountain communities around the world.
G. ADAM RUTHER
Intern, Summer 2003
My experience at Alpinist and then at another outdoor publisher gave me a great insight into the inner workings of the industry. What I discovered through both of those experiences was that my interests were broader than I had otherwise thought. My previous ambition toward freelance outdoor photo and print journalism was altered by my growing interest in the legalities of publishing and intellectual property in general. So, I finished my degree in English Lit and Montana State University and began applying to law schools. I took a year off to climb, relax, get engaged (getting married July 06), and get ready for the toughest intellectual mountain of my life. I am now in my first year at The University of Baltimore School of Law and loving every minute of my legal education despite the crushing workload. Climbing and photography will have to be on the back burner for a while, but the climbing life goes on - even for lawyers.
Intern, Winter 2003-2004
Since working as an intern for the Alpinist, Heather began her own company Highpoint Photography, www.highpointphotography.com. She now lives in New York City and works at the Annie Leibovitz Photo Studio and continues to build her business.
LAUREN M. WHALEY
Production and Marketing Intern, Spring 2004
After finishing her illustrious Alpinist career, Lauren led a canoe expedition to the Arctic for five impressionable high school girls. Addicted to Jackson, she returned in Fall 2004 and has remained ever since. Now, she pieces together a living by freelance writing for the Jackson Hole News and Guide, Jackson Hole Magazine and Planet Jackson Hole newspaper. When not writing or adventuring, Lauren is the at-large program coordinator for a burgeoning women's canoe expedition camp in Minnesota.
Marketing Intern, Summer 2004
Starting with humble beginnings in 2004, Chris is yet another former intern turned Alpinist employee. After a two year stint with an upstart company on the east coast called NEMO Equipment, Chris recently returned to Jackson, WY to pick up responsibilities as Circulation Director. Originally from the Midwest, Chris has since made home in New Hampshire, the San Juan Islands, the USVI and New Zealand. When he's not in the office, you can probably find him off on an ill-planned road trip or climbing.
Production Intern, Autumn 2004
Employing the skills he learned as a Production Intern, Alex stayed with Alpinist for two years in the position of Production Manager. Overseeing the magazine's printing and pre-press relationships while running point on the magazine's many side projects, he is most proud of helping to bring Alpinist's printing onto recycled paper. He credits his experience at Alpinist with preparing him for his current positon as the Studio Manager at Nau, inc., a sustainable outdoor clothing start-up based in Portland, Oregon. His writing has appeared in Rowing News, Sailing World, AMC Outdoors and the Jackson Hole News & Guide.
Marketing Intern, Autumn 2004
While interning Alpinist, Lindsay knew she had found her ultimate dream job... if only it paid. She now misses the Jackson lifestyle while in Boston taking
science classes and applying to medical schools (out West). She strives to one day become an "expedition physician," or at least to move back to Jackson and
fix knees. While not studying and living in the city, Lindsay desperately loves skiing, fly fishing and an occasional Teton climb. With a background in History
and Creative Writing from Dartmouth, she finds it slightly ironic that her first publication will be in a medical journal this summer.
Production Intern, Spring 2005
A graduate from the Iowa Writers Workshop, Katie's stint as Production Intern allowed her to cut her (already pretty sharp) teeth as an editor, skills she continues to employ working for Alpinist as Senior Editor. Her fiction, nonfiction and translations (from French and Mongolian) have appeared in various publications, including Rock and Ice, Alpinist, Circumference, 91st Meridian and Ideya Magazine. She is currently working on a collection of short stories about climbing.
Marketing Intern, Spring 2005
My experience with Alpinist went by faster than I ever expected. Throughout my internship, I learned more than I ever anticipated, particularly in the publishing arena. All of the real life marketing experience with Alpinist really put my education into motion. After completing my internship, I realized that Jackson was a place that suited my lifestyle with the world-class climbing, kayaking, paragliding and skiing. I now call this place home. Currently I'm working on introducing a new company called GaperGuide to the travel and tourism market. Please feel free to contact me in regards to the Alpinist intern program at Tony@GaperGuide.com.
Production Intern, Summer 2005
Kevin Kennedy took what he learned from his production internship (from organizational to communication skills) and became an itinerate bum for six months, looking for waves in Baja, stumbling through the scene at Whistler and thoroughly annoying his girlfriend's roommates in Nashville. With Alpinist's immense help, he went on to score an internship at Outside Magazine in the spring of 2006. As the career of "professional intern" reared its ugly head, Outside rescued Kevin, giving him another six months as assistant editor on their semi-annual Buyer's Guide. He is constantly on the lookout for fresh lines in Utah and Colorado and loves to rock his 29er hardtail anywhere in between.
LISA VAN SCIVER
Marketing Intern, Summer 2005
Lisa found her summer internship with Alpinist a successful introduction to the outdoor and magazine industries. With help from Andy she started a part-time, freelance marketing and circulation position for Dandelion Magazine. She resides in Jackson looking for the ultimate pow run and dreaming of warm desert cracks when it is 20 below zero. Her face is still frequently seen around the Alpinist office as she picks Andy's brain and raps with Thea. She also eggs Christian's house on her way to the post office (only kidding), but she does walk past it. Cheers!
Production Intern, Spring 2006
As a Production Intern at Alpinist, I experienced all of the
processes involved in transforming a vision into a Thing. During my
internship, I worked on the issue of how to make this Thing, this
Alpinist we all love, adore, and take to bed with us, more
environmentally sustainable. I helped launch a marketing strategy for
Earth Ink to find funding so the magazine could continue being
published with soy-based ink products on recycled paper. I also had
the opportunity write an essay for The Climbing Life and survive my
first multi-pitch ice climb (thanks to Katie)! Since life at
Alpinist, I have continued to pursue creative writing with the few
remaining beatniks at Naropa University, contributed to an on-going
ecological study of Big Moose Lake in the Adirondacks, and have been
active with United for Peace and Justice, a D.C.-based resource for
activists opposed to the war. After five months of volunteering in
India this winter, I plan to attend graduate school for Creative
Writing and Peace & Conflict Studies. Cheers to top-roping!
Marketing Intern, Spring 2006
I always wondered what its like living the extravagant and glamorous
lifestyle of an Alpinist employee. Meshing business skills with my
strong passion for climbing has been a goal for a while. Taking away a
keen understanding of the online marketing space as well as event
logistics planning was a major plus. I saw the publication industry
from the inside out. Watching an issue go from its rough form to
final product was cool. I learned a ton about online marketing and
the climbing industry in general. Writing a marketing recommendation
for the launch of the new Alpinist website filled a bit of my time
when I was not helping manage a ski shop on the side or skiing or
climbing. Helping out with the Barry Corbet (Alpinist) Film Festival
was a blast. The internship helped me understand the job market
within the outdoor industry. Now I am aspiring to again weave
together my entrepreneurial drive with my obsession for climbing.
Production Intern, Summer 2006
Dan graduated from Miami University in 2005 with a B.F.A., having concentrated in photography. He joined Alpinist following a month-long trip to Patagonia, and the end of a distinguished career in the retail industry. His time as an intern was spent working closely on the implementation of the new Alpinist.com, as well as asking Alex a stream of never-ending questions. The internship was an invaluable experience for Dan, who will be heading up Production at Alpinist in the fall.
Marketing Intern, Summer 2006
After graduating from Middlebury College in '04, I came out to Jackson to
begin my life in adulthood. Two years later and with plenty of restaurant
experience, it was time to use my brain once again and I ventured into the
world of Alpinist. With marketing being one of my career interests, I signed
on with former circulation director Andy Leinecke and was helped into the
transition of new circ director and former marketing intern Chris Dickey. Most
of my internship was spent on the phone selling calendars and learning about
online marketing strategies for the launch of the new Alpinist website. With
my Alpinist career at a close, I am continuing to look for more long-term
marketing opportunities in the area and snowboarding as much as possible in
Production Intern, Fall 2006
Having just earned a master's degree in writing from Dartmouth College, Erik decided it was time to get a real unpaid job. The production internship at Alpinist was a perfect fit, blending his interests in writing, editing, designing and climbing. "Plus, Jackson's way better than New Hampshire," he said. "There are no parking meters."
Erik will remain at Alpinist to become the magazine's first Online Editor. In addition to writing for Alpinist and Alpinist.com, his words have appeared in Rock & Ice, the Jackson Hole News & Guide and Homestead Magazine, among others. He also is writing a non-fiction novel about an Arctic explorer.
Production Intern, Winter 2007
After twenty-one years of sweltering Texas temperatures, Rachel decided it
would be appropriate to jump to the opposite end of the spectrum and spend a
winter in Jackson. She signed on as the Production Intern to help Dan Long
(the Production Manager) with his tasks. Unfortunately for Dan, Rachel ended
up as a full-time Graphic Design Intern designing collateral for the
Alpinist Film Festival and producing T-shirt, sticker and hat designs,
doubling Dan's workload.
Rachel will perpetually value the time she spent with Alpinist. Doors have
been opened for her to continue her interests, as she will be working as a
Graphic Designer at Jackson Hole News & Guide. The friendships she's made
through the office are nothing short of family and Rachel will miss Katie,
Anna, Dan, Erik and CB immensely (in that order).
Rachel will continue working extremely part-time with Alpinist as the
Director of Intern Relations. Get excited if you're in the summer army of
Alpinist Interns. She'll be issuing you a red hat and a speed-o.
Intern for Life, Autumn 2006 - Spring 2007
Growing up on a ranch bordering Grand Teton National Park, Matt has been venturing into the mountains since he could walk. His climbing ventures have taken him throughout the Tetons, across Utah's desert towers, and to a series of rotten mud spires and boulders in between. Along with a passion for climbing, Matt has acquired a knack for exploring curious locations overseas, which through a series of unbelievable events has led him to thirteen foreign lands in the pas few years. Arriving at Alpinist at the commencement of his Senior year in high school, Matt has worked diligently covering a wide variety of tasks and positions. Ranging from screening film festival movies to helping Erik update Alpinist.com, Matt has obtained myriad skills that will both aid and inspire him as be starts his summer position at Exum Mountain Guides before attending Davidson College in the fall.