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Intern Spotlight: Andrea Marin Contreras


Andrea Marin Contreras was born and raised in Mexico City. When she was 16 years old, her family immigrated to Riverdale, California. Andrea is currently working on her Bachelor’s degree in Media, Communications, and Journalism with an emphasis in Print Journalism. She will graduate in May 2020 and start the Master of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing at Fresno State in August 2020. Andrea joined OCED as a communications intern. In her current position, Andrea helps curate the Valley Harvest, a weekly newsletter by the Rural Development Center. She also helps with the creation of social media posts and the planning of OCED events and newsletters.

Why did you choose to intern at OCED?

I decided to intern at OCED because I wanted to have more experience in the communications field. OCED attracted me because it does a lot of things for the community such as connecting small businesses with resources, letting organizations and community members know about grants and jobs available, and administering the Parent University Program.

Where else have you interned/worked?

I wrote articles for The Collegian, the Fresno State student-run newspaper, during Spring 2019. I have also written stories for The Hanford Sentinel on community events. I was the writer for the 2019 Baselines newsletter of the Fresno State Dugout Club.

What’s your favorite thing to do when you’re not interning or at school?

I love to lift weights and practice kickboxing in my spare time. I also love going to the movies and watch horror, action, and comedy films. 

What three traits define you?

  • Overachiever
  • Diligent
  • Trustworthy

What is your dream job?

My dream job is to be a journalist/writer for The New York Times, Rolling Stone, or Time magazine. I want to report on music, films, and politics. At the same time, I want to focus on writing poetry and fiction books.