Past Interns


Sara Martinez - Sara is a Class of '14 graduate from the LMU Studio Arts: Graphic Design program.

As an undergraduate intern, she worked on and designed a number of book covers, posters, flyers, and other promotional and print material for the Marymount Institute, Tsehai Publishers, and Marymount Institute Press.

Upon graduating, Sara became the Marymount Institute's full time graphic designer and is responsible for designing or overseeing the design of all Institute publications and press material.                                                                                     

Nick Pachelli - Class of '13 grad Nick Pachelli did a little bit of everything while interning at Tsehai/the Marymount Institite.

From transcribing interviews and writing profiles of successful Ethiopian-Americans, to editing and working on marketing plans for new releases, his work ran the gamut.

In his own words, "I basically assisted the publisher in anything he needed. Working for Tsehai was awesome and I learned so much in those couple of years!"

After graduating, Nick took a job as a social media manger in Santa Monica. 


Alex Dwyer - Alex came to Tsehai in 2008, as one of our earliest interns. Like Nick, he interviewed and helped craft profiles on prominent Ethiopians living in diaspora. 

Alex also played a role in kick-starting Tsehai's social media presence, which now, through Facebook, Tumblr, and Twitter, reaches over 1500 followers. 

"Working at Tsehai taught me that doctors, lawyers and business men could be as compelling as artists. Without that lesson, I wouldn't be able to do what I do today. Everyone has a story, indeed," Alex says.  

Alex spent time in China after graduating from LMU. As of 2013, he is a collaborative writer, helping people create and publish/share memoirs.



Natalia Aivazova - Natalia worked as a writer and editor at Tsehai from 2008 until 2009. As with Alex and Nick, she worked on profiles of Ethiopians in diaspora, interviewing experts in law, politics, and civil society.

One of her favorite memories of Tsehai is interviewing Mimi Alemayehou, then Director of the African Development Bank.

Natalia’s time at Tsehai inspired her to enter the field of International Relations. In 2011, she graduated from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies with a Master’s degree in International Relations and International Economics.

Natalia is currently a research analyst at the Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington DC, where she conducts macroeconomic analyses of various emerging and developed economies.