Intern Spotlight

We’re so thrilled to have our three interns return back to Spirit & Place Festival and help us make “DREAM” the best festival yet!

Our interns have been on the job for almost two weeks and we couldn’t be happier with their work so far. We asked one of our interns, Lyla, to answer a few questions. Read this quick Q/A to know more about her.

Our intern Lyla at Rocky Mountain National Park, CO

Our intern Lyla at Rocky Mountain National Park, CO

Lyla, our communications intern, is part of Spirit & Place Festival through the Sam H. Jones Service Learning Assistant Scholarship and has been with us for THREE semesters now!

Q: Who are you?

A:I’m a sophomore at IUPUI studying Political Science and Legal Studies and hope to study environmental law after I graduate from IUPUI. 

Q: How did you get to know about the Spirit & Place Festival?

A:I was recommended for this internship by a really great professor; he thought I was a good fit for the position, and I think he guessed right.

Q: What sort of duties do you have as the communications intern?

A:I help develop the festival newsletter and also get to work on blog posts, like the one you’re reading right now!

Q: What’s the most exciting opportunity you’ve been able to have through your internship?

A: I think I’d have to say the coolest opportunity I’ve had so far was attending the 2014 festival on JOURNEY. We interns work all year round for a festival that happens in November, so during the first part of the year it’s hard to see exactly what we are working towards. Being able to physically attend the festival and see what all our hard work created is a really satisfying experience.

Q: So you’ve been with Spirit & Place Festival for three semesters now, why do you keep coming back?

A: I don’t think there’s anything else quite like Spirit & Place Festival in Indianapolis.  I love being part of a festival that has such breadth, one event might make you reflect deeply on what you see happening in our city, while another might make you laugh or dance or ride a graffiti covered bus. Social issues are complex ideas with many working parts, and Spirit & Place understands that; the festival creates a platform where all of the interlinking components of these issues can be displayed, dissected, and discussed with the general public.

Q: Spirit & Place is a festival that partly focuses on social issues in Central Indiana, what social issues are important to you?

A: I definitely believe that many of the social issues in Central Indiana are intertwined; poverty is linked to health, health is linked to environmental concerns, environmental concerns are linked to education, education is linked to poverty. It’s hard to make a separation between two things that are systemically connected, or to be a champion of one social issue without being concerned with the others.

Estes Park, Co

Estes Park, Co

Q: What do you like to do outside of your work for Spirit & Place?

A: I’m a pretty outdoorsy person, so beyond my school work and this internship I like to be active outside.

Q: What are you dreams for the future?

A: Graduating IUPUI and continuing on with my education; I think I’ll probably be in school for the next 10 years because there’s just so much to learn!

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