R29 S.F. Intern Style! Meet Our Cute-To-Boot Crew

Call us biased, but we can firmly say that we have the coolest crop of interns around. Not only do they bust their butts overtime to help bring you the best in S.F. style and culture — their closets continuously knock our socks off, too. Yes, these ladies are a total package and are definitely dressed for success. (Watch out world!)
So, we thought it was about time to shine the spotlight on them and get the nitty-gritty on what it actually takes to be a Refinery29 S.F. intern. From our seasoned vets to the new kids on the block, they're giving you the scoop. Click through to read the gals' favorite on-the-job moments, best bits of advice, and more. Plus, we’ve thrown in their oh-so-sweet style snaps for good measure. Meet and greet 'em, right here.
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Photographed by Anna-Alexia Basile
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Name: Jaime Bolker
Gig: Editorial Intern

What have you learned from the internship?
"I've learned about some of the best shops and events in S.F. that I may not have found otherwise. I hope to keep experiencing a different side of the city and how to pack even more punch into my posts!"

What's your fave R29 moment or project?
"I’ve really enjoyed getting to know all of the other interns and editors. Everybody adds something different to the mix and it’s really inspiring."

What are three words that sum up this internship?
“This is happening.”

Jaime chilling in Madewell sunglasses, an Aqua dress, Bellatrix chiffon robe, an Urban Outfitters bracelet, a thrifted necklace and purse, and Jeffery Campbell shoes.

Photographed by Anna-Alexia Basile
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Name: Christine Ting
Gig: Photo Intern

What's your fave R29 moment or project?
"Best bread pudding! I loved sampling and shooting the tastiest ones in town. When you love food like I do, shooting and sampling is like Christmas morning all over again."

What have you learned from the internship?
"What I love most about my position is the creative freedom in conceptualizing shoots. Also, learning through my own mistakes and achievements is rewarding. It's all about being reliable, setting high standards, and having fun during the process!"

What's one piece of advice every intern should follow?
"Always check your emails and always respond to them. Sometimes there is urgent information that needs attention and you don't want to let an opportunity pass."

Christine sporting a vintage necklace and shirt.

Photographed by Anna-Alexia Basile
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Name: Anna-Alexia Basile
Gig: Photo Intern

What have you learned from the internship?
"I’ve learned that while details can change everything, it’s important not to sweat the small stuff. Also, R29 contrib Joanna Riedl taught me that it’s always a good idea to reward yourself with some soft-serve after a long day of work (hello, Bi-Rite’s Mexican Chocolate)."

What's your fave R29 moment or project?
"Probably when Ting and I met up for this intern piece. I shot her for about 15 minutes and then we just ended up talking about psychics and crystals for two and a half hours. Working with such incredible women makes my job the best. I love every moment — I really do."

What's one piece of advice every intern should follow?
“Love what you do, do what you love.”

Photographed by Jason Henry
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Name: Klassy Goldberg
Gig: Editorial Intern

What are three words that sum up this internship?
"Balloon-drop moment."

What's the most prized item in your closet?
"I'm obsessed with everything I have in my wardrobe. But, the one piece that I wear to death is a denim dress by Étoile Isabel Marant. It's everything. It has the most beautiful embroidery!"

What's your fave R29 moment or project?
"Getting to meet and interview Johnny Weir, Alain Mikli, and playing Mad Libs with Betsey Johnson! As for slideshows, this cool-chick gadget gift guide was fun to do! I always have a blast assisting editors on photo shoots — like at ModCloth, Zynga, and Google."

Klassy hanging around her Castro 'hood in an Opening Ceremony x Rodarte sweater, The Ramp Crossing skirt, a Cambridge Satchel Company bag, 80%20 shoes, and a Madewell bracelet.

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Name: Jessica Velez
Gig: Editorial Intern

What's one piece of advice every intern should follow?
"Don’t be afraid to pitch stories! It’s the best way to contribute and learn, plus it’s a really cool feeling to see your idea actually become the day’s main feature."

What have you learned from the internship?
"I became a stronger and faster writer thanks to my editors Katie and Angela. And I also learned that S.F. has the most amazing bread pudding, that Betsey Johnson is as wild as her collections, and that market research is a million times more fun than it sounds."

What are three words that sum up this internship?
"Rewarding, exciting, and stimulating!"

Jessica looking stunning in a Calvin Klein sweater.
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Name: Kei Vinuya
Gig: Editorial Intern

What's the most prized item in your closet?
"My Kate Spade bag. My mom gave it to me, so it has a lot of meaning. We both think neon is the new black."

What's one piece of advice every intern should follow?
"Be open to all assignments given to you and always ask questions. You never know where it'll lead you — it might be up a road to awesomeness!"

What are three words that sum up this internship?
"Definitely dream big."

Kei in a Uniqlo top, Club Monaco vest, Zara jeans, Cole Haan shoes, Forever 21 necklace, and Kate Spade bag.

Photographed by Anna-Alexia Basile
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Name: Lillian Sankikian
Gig: Editorial Intern

What's one piece of advice every intern should follow?
"Take notes! The only way to improve your work is to take notes and learn from them."

What are three words that sum up this internship?
"Rewarding, challenging, and engaging."

What's your fave R29 moment or project?
"I absolutely love doing product roundups. I already spend most of my free and not-so-free time drooling over apparel that I find online. Plus, having the pieces that I've personally picked go up in a post feels pretty rad."

Lillian styling in a Rubbish top, Dolan vest, J Brand jeans, J.Crew belt, Jas MB bag, Movado watch, and Jeffrey Campbell shoes.

Photographed by Anna-Alexia Basile
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