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The Kitchen Sisters welcome internship inquiries. We have an informal internship program and have been happy to have worked with a number of talented interns over the years.

If you are interested in interning with us please send us an email with your resume, tell us something about yourself, your skills, your goals and your objectives with regards to working with The Kitchen Sisters. Also, please let us know the time frame that you would be available for. We do not have any employment opportunities available at this time but we welcome your query and keep all resumes on file for future projects and needs. Please contact us directly for details about our workshop / master class sessions.

photo: Eloise Melzer, Kathy Baron/KQED, Allison Budner & Phlis McGregor/CBC attend Kitchen Sisters radio workshop/2007

Here are some of the talented people who have interned with us over the past. If you don't see a bio next to their name it just means we haven't caught up with them as yet.

Singeli Agnew- Singeli Agnew grew up on a sheep ranch on the wide high plains of Montana. She worked as a writer and photographer for eight years before returning to school to study documentary film at UC Berkeley.  Her work has been published by the San Francisco Chronicle, Pacific News Service, High Country News, the Associated Press & FRONTLINE/World. Singeli has done international reporting from Nepal, India and France, and this year she’s headed out on the American highways for a new film about migratory beekeepers.

Alexandra Blair, graduate from Brown University, has been working for the PRBO Conservation Science in Point Reyes, Ca. as their Environmental Education and Outreach assistant. She has worked in Cuba and with Tibetan refugees in northern India and created documentary shorts for Brown University's "Inside Out" student radio station.

Andrea Blum, a journalist from San Francisco who is passionate about food, farming and environmental issues. Originally from an arts background, Andrea made the leap from paintbrush to pen after getting a Master of Science from Columbia’s school of journalism. There, she worked on award winning stories involving social justice and international issues. Soon after graduation, she worked at the Buenos Aires Herald in Argentina, the oldest English language daily in South America. Well traveled and full of life experiences, she follows her heart and combines photojournalism and writing for her stories.

Brianna Breen, Independent radio producer in San Francisco.

Allison Budner, known to us as Ali, started working with us in the fall of 2006. She has helped with transcription and research for our Hidden Kitchen's story "The Tables of New Crowned Hope" and "Cry Me A River" our upcoming story that airs as part of Jay Allison’s new series, "Stories From the Heart of the Land."

"Like several other past Kitchen Sisters interns, I got “hooked” on documentary radio production working on the show, Inside Out, for Brown Student Radio.  After college, I worked on a local organic farm for a year.  So, food and radio—a serendipitous intersection for me!  In addition to working with the Kitchen Sisters now I teach yoga and study western herbal medicine.   I’m interested in food, stories, and healing.  Conveniently, I believe that food heals.  And so do stories." — Allison

Elizabeth Chur has always been intrigued by the interweavings of sound and story. She taped her first interviews with her grandmother and great-aunts, hearing their tales of growing up in the early 1900s as children of Japanese and Korean immigrants to Hawaii. At Oberlin College, she studied English and music history/theory.

Elizabeth interned at The Seattle Times and the Chicago Tribune as a print reporter. As a Thomas J. Watson Fellow in 1992-93, Elizabeth interviewed 150 journalists about the development of free press in Eastern Europe. They ranged from editors of a newspaper for young right-wing Germans to a Czech feminist who began translating Harlequin romance novels.

Back in the States, Elizabeth worked for ten years at St. Anthony Foundation, a social service agency in San Francisco. She developed an interest in oral history, and documented stories of formerly homeless guests at St. Anthony's. Elizabeth also recorded interviews with her first piano teacher that culminated in an "88 Years/88 Keys" birthday extravaganza of music and tributes from dozens of former students.Elizabeth studied radio at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Portland, ME, and currently works as an independent radio producer and grantwriter in San Francisco. Her recent documentary about a compulsive hoarder is featured on

Amy Isackson is the border reporter for public radio station KPBS in San Diego, California.

Ruxandra Guidi - Producer / The World. Spring of 2005. Previously, she filed freelance stories for the program from Austin, Texas, the US-Mexico Border and Honduras. After earning a Master's Degree in Journalism from UC-Berkeley, she got her first break working for independent radio producers The Kitchen Sisters and for Sirius Satellite Radio's environmental news program in San Francisco. In 2003, she moved to Austin, where she did production and reporting work for NPR's weekly show, Latino USA. Ruxandra freelanced for other radio programs, and assisted on the production of a radio documentary about the problem of gangs in Central America.

Shannon Holbrook
, interned with us as part of her training at the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco.

Brandi Howell and Sari Jelczer

Kate Jessup - a food writer, journalist, and radio producer. She recently completed a Masters in Journalism at U.C. Berkeley. Kate studied cooking with Alice Waters at Chez Panisse and wrote a student food guide of Paris in college. Her work has appeared in the Contra Cost Times, The East Bay Express, The Oakland Tribune, BIA Magazine and KALX Radio. She is currently the House Manager and Cook for The Tennessee Hollow Watershed Archaeology Project in San Francisco.

Stephanie Lelong - freelance radio producer and writer based in San Francisco. She has covered stories on immigrant communities, the arts and the environment. When she's not freelancing, you might find her traveling to nearby places and far away lands searching for the next good story.

Paul McCarthy - Executive Producer of Brown University's "Inside Out"- an original radio series broadcast on Brown Student Radio (WELH) 88.1 FM in Providence, which chronicles unique stories through interviews, investigative reports, personal narratives, music and archival audio.

Eloise Melzer - Eloise joined the Kitchen Sisters in December 2006. Hailing from Sheboygan, Wisconsin, with a degree in Anthropology from Middlebury College, Eloise has always found herself fascinated with the stories people tell and the lessons that can be gleaned from them. After graduating, she found herself making cheese first in Vermont then in France
and now works at Oliveto restaurant in Oakland continuing her education of all things food. With a love of radio, and a passion for food, culture, and story, Eloise looks forward to learning more about the art of radio production and the craft of storytelling.

Noah Miller - Director of Out Loud Radio, Berkeley,Ca.
Noah got his start in radio before his voice had changed, doing the weather report from his backyard in Berkeley. During his teenage years, late nights in the dark listening to Dave Isay, Joe Frank and others set him on a path toward storytelling and sound. He entered Oberlin College with an interest in composing, and left with majors in Musicology and Cognitive Science. Noah interned with us in 2000 and 2001, helping with the first Lost & Found Sound and ideas for the Sonic Memorial Project. He has worked with SoundVision Productions on The DNA Files. In 2002, he founded the outLoud Radio Project which allows teenagers to create radio pieces featuring voices that don't often make it into the mainstream, with a special focus on stories from lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth. He sings with various Renaissance, medieval and Baroque ensembles in the Bay Area.

Latifah Mohammed - Cal State Long Beach graduate in Print Journalism. Latifah worked with Youth Radio in Berkeley, California.

Brett Myers - Independent radio producer and photographer, and founder of Human Story Productions based in Oakland, CA. He has produced radio features for National Public Radio’s "All Things Considered" and "Morning Edition," and PRI’s "This American Life," and has collaborated with Peabody award winning producers Sound Portraits Productions and The Kitchen Sisters. He worked for the nation’s largest oral history project StoryCorps, who in partnership with NPR and The Library of Congress aim to record and archive over 250,000 interviews in ten years, with the mission of preserving everyday people’s stories in sound. Brett’s story-telling career began with a BFA in Photography and Imaging from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and upon graduation he was named one of the top twenty-five up-and-coming American photographers by the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University.

Melissa Robbins - Independent producer Melissa Robbins began her journalism career as a newspaper reporter in Brooklyn, then spent two years in London, where she worked for The Guardian covering prisons. Her life in radio began with a semester at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Maine. She has worked on documentary projects with Sandy Tolan and The Kitchen Sisters. She was an associate producer of Worlds of Difference, and is currently an Associate Producer with Radio Rookies at WNYC.

Maria Walcutt started as an intern with The Kitchen Sisters on The Sonic Memorial Project and went on to become our Project Manager, shepherding the Hidden Kitchens Project, our book and audiobook. She is an artist, Gocco fanatic and aspiring archivist. She is now studying interior design and book making.

Vicki Woolard - Attracted to great orators and storytelling, Vicki has spent many years collecting and sharing stories for use in multimedia settings. She has a love and a voice for radio. And she believes that it all comes down to food. So when she is not working as a food stylist, she continues to help us with transcription work, most recently on our Hidden Kitchens series.

Allie Wollner- Allie is an explorer of the wide world and all its wonders. She is also a junior at Brown University majoring in English with a focus on Creative Non Fiction. Originally from Seattle, WA, Allie cherishes fresh food and soulful communities. She also loves telling and hearing a good story. Allie currently writes a weekly column for The Brown Daily Herald and manages the blog of dinnerware designer Rosanna Bowles.

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