by Melanie Weiss

When I Was an Intern at Lilith…

“I think I didn’t know how weird it was when I was 19. When it’s your first real internship, you don’t know anything, so I had no idea that being treated with dignity and respect was so rare and wonderful.” Susannah Goldstein, Lilith intern in 1999, paused to chuckle, and I joined in. She is the fourth woman in one morning to have shared some iteration of this sentiment. I’ve been speaking to the illustrious alumnae of Lilith’s internship program — in effect essentially since the launch of the magazine in 1976 — as a means of connecting with this incredible pool of women as Lilith’s 35th year becomes its portentous 36th, and learning more about what makes this program so unique. These conversations feel especially poignant to me as I, too, am an alum of the Lilith internship.

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