X has been gracing the SF Bicycle Coalition offices with his characteristic friendly smile and his invaluable support as an intern for over a year, and has been a volunteer for nearly a decade. During his time as an intern, he’s worked on so many projects that keep our wheels spinning: Bike to Work Day (twice!), Development, Communications and more. He’s also a stellar Bicycle Ambassador and Valet Supervisor. It makes you ask yourself: “What can’t X do!?” We chatted him up to learn more about why he loves interning at your SF Bicycle Coalition, and why you will, too.
SF Bicycle Coalition: What made you start volunteering with the SF Bicycle Coalition?
X: I moved here as a lone wolf bicycle commuter from the East Coast nine years ago and when I arrived in San Francisco, I thought: “Dope! There’s this rad bicycle advocacy org that fights for bike lanes,” and that was that. I’ve been volunteering ever since.
You’ve worn so many hats in your time at the SF Bicycle Coalition! Any favorite projects or moments?
I’ve always enjoyed Bike to Work Day, as a volunteer and as an intern. And the wide range of people organizing and participating in Bike to Work Day share such enthusiasm for it!
What is your favorite thing about being an SF Bicycle Coalition intern?
The plentiful indoor bicycle parking. No, wait! The happy hours. No! The free hoodies.
What do you do when you’re not volunteering with the SF Bicycle Coalition?
I love to cook, I’ve been reading Harry Potter in Spanish to step up my Spanish skills, and I also live for going bicycle-adventuring (Eat to bike! Bike to eat!) and luxuriating on the beach or in Dolores when it’s lovely out.
What advice would you give to someone thinking about applying to intern here?
If, like me, you want to build skills to move into the nonprofit world, I can’t think of a better group of people to learn from.