When San Francisco native Kimberly Wong arrived in New York City in June to begin working in the research department, it was the first time that she had set foot in the Big Apple. Fellow research intern Beth McNichol, a West Virginian who shares an office and an Upper West Side apartment with Wong, was also a new New Yorker. "That would explain why they have gotten lost a lot," says chief of reporters Stefanie Krasnow.
But we would have been lost without them and our other summer soldiers. The third research intern, Michael Osipoff, grew up on Long Island in North Babylon, N.Y., and shared his relative wealth of city savvy with Wong and McNichol. Soon, Osipoff will return to Cornell for his senior year.
Victor Nunez, who'll be a junior second baseman at Wesleyan, was the research intern at our sister publication, SI PRESENTS. Our letters department had help from Nate Johnson and Baker Burleson, juniors-to-be at Boston College and North Carolina, respectively. Duane Andrews, who will be a freshman at Cornell, worked on the copy desk. His counterpart at SI PRESENTS was Malik Goodson, who will be a freshman at Syracuse. Bill Byrne, a 1995 graduate of Columbia's School of Journalism, and James Goldstein, who will be a sophomore at Michigan, interned in the news bureau. And Nica Buntha, a sophomore-to-be at Hofstra, spent a third summer in our business office.
Wong and McNichol, spring graduates of UC Davis and North Carolina, respectively, will stay on as full-time staffers. "I was intimidated by New York at first," says McNichol, who learned to travel with a subway map. "Now I love it."