Jacksonville Magazine opens its doors to interns from colleges near and far. Many past interns have gone on to work at a variety of publications, and a few members of the Jax Mag staff started out in the trenches as interns themselves. (Just kidding, we don't have any trenches. They're really more like ditches. Ditches dug by interns.)

Here are a few profiles of recent and current interns. If you're interested in interning with us, please visit this page to get details on how to apply.

PhotoGrid_1441516179318 Serenity Hansberry // Editorial Intern

Erica "Serenity" Hansberry is a spring editorial intern, and senior at the University of North Florida majoring in Communication with a Multimedia Journalism concentration. She will be graduating this spring!

Serenity is currently working on starting her own media empire, with plans to start her own media news site later this year. After graduation she hopes to begin her career in journalism with a reporting position with either a print or online publication.

Serenity was born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida. She has a seven-year-old daughter who she credits as, “the one who slowed me all the way down and forced me to change my life.” In addition to pursuing a career in the world of journalism, Serenity is a poet and performing spoken word artist and singer.

Since 2013, Serenity has been DJing for Spinnaker Radio WSKR 95.5 FM, Jacksonville. She is currently hosting her final semester of “One Hour with Serenity.” She’s also a contributing writer for USA TODAY College.

Serenity enjoys: Watching documentaries, learning about random topics, sports, and eating ice cream. Lots and lots of ice cream.

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Spring editorial intern Ariel Thomas is a junior at Flagler College, majoring in Journalism. Originally born in Washington DC, Ariel’s family moved here over ten years ago, and she’s considered herself a local ever since.

Ariel enjoys hanging out with friends, eating tons of food and seeking out any form of live music she can. That is, when she isn’t splitting time between school, an internship and doing homework.

In the coming years, Ariel hopes to move out of her parents house, learn how to cook, and get started in a career that she loves. Additionally, she’s working towards refining her writing skills and graduating college in Spring 2017.

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Avery Harter // Editorial Intern

Spring editorial intern Avery Harter is a senior at the University of North Florida majoring in Communication with a focus on Multimedia Journalism. Originally from Arkansas, she has spent the last half of her life in Jacksonville. Ever since she can remember, she has had a passion for communication, entertainment, and sports. Avery has served as the Twitter Managing Editor for #IgniteMedia, producer for Inside Jacksonville, and interned with the City of Jacksonville Office of Sports and Entertainment.

When she is not working, interning, or at school, Avery can be found binge watching Netflix, stalking celebrities on Instagram, hanging out with friends, and dreaming of the future. She loves traveling and hopes to find a job that blesses her with opportunities to discover the world.Planning to graduate in April 2016, Avery will move to Nashville over the summer to pursue her dreams of working in the entertainment industry. One day, she hopes to create her own network television show.


Katherine Hobbs // Editorial Intern

Spring editorial intern Katherine Hobbs is in her third semester at Florida State College at Jacksonville. She began her journey into journalism as a sophomore at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts. Katherine hopes to transfer to University of Massachusetts Amherst with a double major in journalism and equestrian studies.

When Katherine isn’t studying or interning, she can be found spending time with her husband, Jeremy, taking dance class, reading articles online, or on the phone with her out-of-town family. She loves going to the beach, traveling, and riding horses. Katherine developed a passion for language at a young age and will read anything and everything. Her literary heroes include Ian McEwan, JK Rowling, Margaret Atwood, and Mary Oliver.

Expected to graduate in 2018, Katherine’s career goals include writing best-selling fiction books and writing for a magazine or major daily newspaper. She is excited to be a part of the Jacksonville Magazine team and looks forward to sharpening her writing skills.


Nicole Delos Reyes // Editorial Intern

Nicole Delos Reyes was born in the Philippines and lived there until she was six. Her father’s military status brought her to Japan for the next seven years. She arrived in the United States just before the start of her freshman year of high school.

Growing up, Nicole has always had a passion for writing. She wrote fiction and poetry during her spare time, but it was only when she started high school she developed her love for journalism. She wrote for the school’s newspaper and anchored the morning news’ show as often as they would let her.

In Nicole’s spare time, she enjoys spending time at home with her boyfriend and her dog. She visits her family and sees her little five-year-old sister as often as she can. She loves music, cooking, hanging out with friends, and thrifting.

As a senior at the University of North Florida, she hopes to graduate by the December 2015. Her dream job would be working at a fashion magazine or owning her own vintage boutique.

Nicole completed her internship with Jax Mag in December 2015.

ericasantillo-edit Erica Santillo // Editorial Intern

Fall editorial intern Erica Santillo is a senior at the University of North Florida majoring in Communications with a focus on Multimedia Journalism. Born in New Jersey but raised in the south, Erica has had a passion for reading, writing and communicating for as long as she can remember. Since she was a child, she always wanted to be a writer, and she decided on pursuing journalism after spending four years on her high school’s yearbook staff.

Erica is actively involved on and off of UNF’s campus. During her time at school, she has volunteered with UNF Spinnaker Media, was a reporter with Ignite Media News Bureau and became a sister of Kappa Alpha Theta. When she isn’t studying, interning or working, Erica enjoys hanging with friends, crafting, spending the day at the beach, reading a good book or binge watching Netflix. Her guilty pleasures include watching reality T.V., eating out at restaurants, watching documentaries about tornadoes and reading any news articles she can get her hands on.

Erica is expected to graduate in December 2015, and hopes to one day become an editor of a newspaper or magazine. Her dream would be to one day write a novel that makes it on the New York Times Bestseller list.

Erica completed her internship with Jax Mag in December 2015.

IMG_0239 Ximena Gonzalez // Editorial Intern

Fall editorial intern Ximena Gonzalez is a senior at the University of North Florida majoring in Communications with a focus on Multimedia Journalism and Production. She was born and raised in Florida but her family is from Santiago, Chile where she tries to visit every year.

When she isn’t busy with work or school, she likes to occupy her free time by spending it with friends & family, going to the beach, or reading. She loves Golden Retrievers, Friends, chocolate and traveling.

Ximena has a strong passion for reading, editing and writing. She hopes to turn these passions into a career one day and ultimately become a Book Editor. Expected to graduate in December of 2015, she hopes to pursue a career of becoming a Book Editor and getting manuscripts she believes in published or working in a Magazine publication.

Ximena completed her internship with Jax Mag in December 2015.

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Mandy Niesen // Editorial Intern

Fall editorial intern Mandy Niesen is a senior at the University of North Florida. Born and raised in Jacksonville, she is majoring in Communications with a focus on Multimedia Journalism and minoring in Creative Writing. She has had a passion for the written word since she was only nine and got a hold of the computer and began writing.

When Mandy isn’t working or going to school, she can usually be found reading, writing, swimming, in Disney World, out shopping with friends, bowling or singing karaoke at Mudville Grille. While she can’t sing or dance, that doesn’t stop her from appreciating the arts and any Broadway play or musical can catch her. It also doesn’t stop her from singing and dancing, even if off-key and clumsy. Her guilty pleasures are good romance novel, buying every woman’s or fashion magazine there is and Disney World.

Planning to graduate in December 2015, she hopes to pursue a career in magazine or book editing and publishing. She also hopes to have her own best-selling book series and be on the best seller list. She hopes to settle in Florida permanently for the sunshine and so that Disney World is never too far away.

Mandy completed her internship with Jax Mag in December 2015.