Our Interns

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Birds Nest Foundation has interns round the year to contribute to all areas of the foundation, maintaining our social media presence, managing pre-production logistics, assisting with film shoots, and keeping everyone up to date on the various projects we’re currently executing. They do everything from writing call sheets to serving as on-location production assistants to editing footage with Final Cut Pro.

Our intern program not only allows students, many of whom plan to pursue a career in film production, to gain experience in the industry, but also provides them an opportunity to work as a team, building knowledge and skills that will serve them both professionally and personally.

Meet the summer interns of 2015



Lauren Eden

About: Lauren attends St. John’s University where she is studying Journalism.

Fun fact: Her prized possession is her turntable and she loves collecting vinyl records

Allison Surgeary

About : Allison attends SUNY New Paltz where she majors in History and Communications

Fun Fact: Allison has a twin sister who was born six hours before and they have different birthdays.

Shamecha Lynwood

About: Shamecha is a student at Stony Brook University where she studies Journalism.

Fun Fact: She’s lived in 4 different states before starting high school

Matthew Kane

About: Matthew graduated from St. Bonaventure University this past spring with degrees in Strategic Communications and Digital Media.

Fun Fact: He lists Seinfeld as his favorite show.

altSamantha Cooper

About:Samantha attends Goucher College in Maryland and is majoring Communications

Fun Fact: She is a huge fan of the Avatar: The Last Airbender and Legend of Korra television series.


Claudia Rufo

About her: Claudia is a film and TV student at NYU’s Tisch School of Arts

Fun fact: She loves music and played the cello for 13 years.


Michael Levitt

About: Michael ‘Mikey’ is a film student at NYU’s Tisch School of Arts.

Fun Fact:He once made a bar Mitzvah video and saved the New York Mets


Aurora Baumbach

About her: Aurora Baumbach is a student in the Film Conservatory at SUNY Purchase

Fun Fact: She has never eaten meat before

Sejin Moon

About: Sejin attends Kyung Hee University in South Korea. She is studying Journalism.

Fun Fact: Sejin loves food and says that when she became obsessed with beef soup she ate it every day for two weeks.

Elizabeth Beirne

About her: Liz attends New Jersey City University where she majors in Media Arts.

Fun Fact: Her first music concert was Peter Frampton when she was 8 months old.

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