Below are some of the best people we can think of, the 2013 Washington Bus Interns! Watch for them at events around the city registering hundreds of young voters or throwing the next great party for a purpose. Want to apply to be a Bus intern? Head on right over here for more.
Amy Chan is an awesome Busian who has jumped aboard the Bus as a Springtern. Originally from Hong Kong, Amy worked and volunteered for two political parties while in High School. She came to the US last year to study at Seattle Central Community College with a major in Political Science. Amy loves the coffee in Seattle and looks forward to experiencing the political culture of a different part of the world! She hopes to see you at the Bus!
Brigit Rossbach has made a name for herself as the bus-iest freshman at the University of Washington. A proud Montanian, she enjoys campus involvement through guiding tours, volunteering with the student government, and attempting to major in Political Science, all while drinking copious amounts of coffee. At the Bus, Brigit is working on creating the best system for getting new volunteers on board that you’ve ever seen!
You may see Maya Garfinkel wandering the streets of capitol hill with a camera around her neck, that is, when she’s not loitering at the Bus office. Maya has lived her whole 16 years in Seattle, and is currently a sophomore at the Northwest School, though rumor has it she is solely a student at the School of Bus. Since September, she has written, testified and canvassed; working to get her peers involved in politics with the Bus. Now, she’s writing election updates and overseeing all intern blog entries as the Blogging Coordinator!
Isabella Fuentes is thrilled to (throw a) party as the Bus Presence Co-Captain for the Springternship! When not partying it up at the Bus, she can be found dancing, frantically organizing people with the Junior State of America CIA (not as cool as it sounds), volunteering at the Woodland Park Zoo, and collecting presidential biographies. If you ever feel like dancing the merengue, want to be convinced of the superiority of mountain goats, or desire a factoid about Theodore Roosevelt, she’s your intern!
Alana Cuturilo-Hackney loves to party. So much so, that she was made the Bus Presence Co-Captain! It's up to her and her co-captain Isabella to make sure every event and party is as bus-y as possible. A Seattle native, Alana hails from the mean streets of Capitol Hill, and is currently a sophomore at Garfield High School. It's this volleyball playing, mountain climbing, music loving, doughnut enthusiast's goal to make sure this spring is the most exciting season the bus has seen!
Tom Schewe is the brilliant Calendar Coordinator for the Springternship. Originally a Twin Cities native, Tom made his way out to the Pacific Northwest through City Year, an AmeriCorps program that focuses on youth mentorship and leadership. After serving with City Year for two years, Tom volunteered with Barack Obama’s 2012 presidential campaign and Washington United for Marriage, the Approve R-74 campaign. As Calendar Coordinator, Tom is always on the lookout for cool events for the Bus to get involved in. If you have any ideas, shoot him an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Hailing from Seattle by way of New Zealand, Erasmus Baxter is a student at Garfield High School. He first came aboard the bus as a 2013 Wintern, helping to bring you great events such as Parliament. After bringing in new volunteers through awesome outreach to help make calls for the Bus's voter access bills, he’s stuck around as the Documentation Coordinator for the spring internship. So, if there’s pictures to be taken, then he’s the guy to talk to!
Nina Tran is a genius student at Garfield High School. In her spare time she finds pleasure in doing Bus-related activities, eating copious amounts of trail mix, and asserting her right as an individual by ruining group photos. Her mad infatuation with the Bus was born last summer when she joined the internship program. She’s very stoked to be on the Party Planning Committee and bring you the Return of Welcome Wagon. She’s also weird about Nicolas Cage.
Jasmine Giles is currently attending Bellevue College and plans to transfer to a nursing school next fall. She's originally from San Diego and has lived in the Seattle area since she was 8. Besides going to school she works as a nanny. When she's not studying for her next anatomy and physiology quiz, you can always find her hanging out with friends and enjoying life. She'll bust out a dance move to any kind of music, but her favorite is T. Swift.
Coming from the great state of Arizona, Manuel Sigüenza is an intern with the Bus who goes to school at Seattle University. Not new to civic engagement and voter activism, Manuel was actively involved in voter registration and get out the vote with organizations such Promise Arizona and Adiós Arpaio, both of which promoted voter participation in the Latino community. Manuel is double majoring in Political Science and Spanish, enjoys playing ultimate Frisbee, hip-hop, and wicker baskets.