Meet The Interns

Posted on: March 11, 2011

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Christopher Street West, like all non-profit organizations, relies heavily on hundreds of volunteers that help to move our mission forward. One important facet of that volunteer force is our dedicated interns.

There are three enthusiastic and talented individuals who assist in communications and public relations ensuring that the world knows about PRIDE.

“The Communications Team at CSW would never reach our goals if not for the tireless hours that our un-paid interns put in each week,” said Sam Borelli, CSW communication consultant.

Steven Muniz returns for his third PRIDE season. In 2009, Muniz was instrumental in increasing our media data base and helping to launch our inaugural pre-Parade press conference. In 2010, Muniz assisted in outreach to the younger LGBT community and wrote the Honoree biographies featured in the Pride Guide and on the Web site. Muniz continues his outreach work, and will assist in the production of the 2011 PRIDE Guide Magazine.

"Interning for CSW started out as a school project and has turned into an enriching and confidence building experience. I am so excited to see LA PRIDE and CSW's three year vision: PRIDE 365: Power. Passion. Purpose. to completion." 
Muniz recently graduated from Cal State Fullerton with a Communications degree with an emphasis in PR.

Joe Nevarez joins us for a second year and is focused on expanding our Social Network presence and producing the LA PRIDE Newsletter and Spotlight pieces. Last year he was a valuable member of both the communications and special events team.  He will also focus on advertising sales in the LA PRIDE Guide Magazine as he did last year. 

“I wanted to learn all aspects of public relations, so that I can begin a new career,” Nevarez said.

Thomas B.W. Nicholson joined the CSW Communications Team in December of 2010. Nicholson has a number of years of experience working with various facets of the non-profit and special events worlds.

“My major was public relations. When this internship came up, I saw it as an opportunity to participate in something special, as well as make valuable connections in the Los Angeles area, and, I am having fun.” Nicholson said.

Nicholson project manages web site content, overseeing copy writing and various communication pieces that CSW uses on a daily basis.

Communications Interns put in as many as 40 hours a week to ensure that the organization is able to produce an extraordinary PRIDE celebration for the entire community.

“Without the Intern team, we would never get it all done,” Borelli said.