2016 Interns

Every year OUSA Queer Support works with a group of student volunteers known as our interns. These rocking students get trained up in the various aspects of the centre’s work and are especially trained as peer supporters. They are an incredibly diverse bunch so if you are looking for some support check out the following profiles then get in touch with Hahna so she can set it up!

Hi I'm Adam and I've just started my journey into the unknown world of postgrad (please wish me luck). But anyway I'm a fourth year now here at the Uni and have been involved with Queer Support for most of that time. So if you see me around hit me up =D


Hey I'm Blair I'm 24. Born and bred in Dunedin and studying Psychology at Otago University. My interests include cooking, dancing gardening and watching TV. I also love my two cats. I became an intern to give back to the queer community that has helped me so much. I'm happy to talk to anyone about anything :)


Kia ora, my name's Ella, I'm 26...what? When did this happen?

I'm a PhD candidate in Social Anthropology and I love dancing, poetry, and reading. And homemade apple crumble. With cream (that's what I'm eating in the picture). The reason I'm an intern is to support a community that helped me immensely in my undergraduate years. So if you ever feel like you need to chat, get in touch! I'm usually hanging around the university and I'm always ready to listen :)


Hi, I'm Em (they/them). I'm 20 years old and I'm in the third year of my BA majoring in Gender Studies and English. I love reading a good book, and watching youtube videos and tv shows. My favourite tv shows are Orphan Black and Elementary. I'm an intern this year because I want to contribute to the community which has supported me over the past couple of years. 


Hey I'm Gretel. I currently study Human Services with Mental Health & Addiction Support at Otago Polytechnic. I hope to work with LGBT youth further down the line. I play hockey and football, and enjoy most other sports. My other passions include film and media, music, and photography.


Hey, I’m Helen. I identified as genderfluid and I’m currently doing my second year of a BSc in Physiology and Neuroscience. I enjoy exploring new places, advocating for various movements, and occasionally playing video games with an odd cup of tea on the side.

I am an intern because I love volunteering and giving back to the LGBT+ community since you guys are such a lovely bunch. Hopefully I can be of good help to you all.


Hi, my name is Jackson, I'm 29 and I’m an American imported trans-guy here for my first year of Uni (Health Sci). Whereas I’m new to town, I’m not new to talking with folks and helping where I’m needed. I can’t always offer advice, but I’m great at listening!  My hobbies include reading, listening to music, spazzing over fandoms and going on adventures.


Hey, my name is Jennifer, and I'm a Canadian/Norwegian queer feminist troublemaker. I recently moved from Norway to study a degree in Gender Studies with a bit of criminology on the side. A few of my interests would be reading a good book, exploring new things, photography, and smashing the patriarchy obviously. (Don't worry guys, I'm really kind at heart, I promise!)

The reason I became an intern was to be able to give support where support is needed, as I know being queer can be challenging at times. It is always good to be able to talk with someone with a mutual understanding, so if you ever feel like having a chat, you know where to find me... Or more precisely, Hahna will tell you where I am.

KerryHi all, I'm Kerry, a recent Genetics and Psychology grad currently trying to make films and theatre in between scraping together money for rent. This is my fourth year interning at the Queer Support Centre and I've also been involved with UniQ, Alphabet Soup and the Dunedin Diversity Strategy over my time in Dunedin.

I identify as agender (they/them pronouns please) and aroace, and spend more of my free time than I'm comfortable admitting getting really emotional about Tolkien and Shakespeare on the internet.


Hey I’m Sam, working on the second (kinda) year of my double major BA in Theatre Studies and Anthropology/Archaeology. I’m originally from Timaru, although have lived in Queenstown the last few years and started studying here at Otago in July 2014.

What should be my spare time I fill with pursuits in Musical Theatre and Dance though I’ve a fairly widespread interest in the Arts and Sciences. I like learning new things one of the reasons I’m here. Other hobbies include costume design and things like cooking, watching movies and reading or dancing about/listening to techno-swing.

I’m an intern because I love listening and talking to people and being a friendly sounding board to bounce ideas off of. I’m energetic and kind with a positive outlook so have joined the Intern team to help out where I can.

Sam K

Hi! I'm Sam, a second year studying Reproduction, Genetics and Development, and Psychology (try saying that one with a mouthful of toast, I dare you) and doing my best to minimise the loss of limbs due to frostbite in my student flat...

I've had a very nomadic lifestyle so far, mostly in the South Island and particularly on the West Coast. The longest I've spent living in one place is five years at a time, so I'm loving being grounded in Dunedin for the next half decade at least. I especially love getting involved in anything and everything that's going on at Uni, which is how I stumbled across Queer Support, Swing dancing and folding mountains of baby clothes... but more on that later!

I am excited to meet new people, always, and hope that I can help some of them, even if they are just looking for a patient ear to listen. 


Kia ora, my name is Scout. I'm a student at Otago Polytech studying a Certificate in Human Services, I'm an activist and I'm hopefully soon going to be a politician. I identify as genderfluid, and have started testosterone this year to begin transitioning. In my spare time I love hanging out with my pet rats, playing video games with my friends and drinking too much hot chocolate. I'm super passionate about working with people and I'm absolutely pumped to be one of the OUSA Queer Support Interns again in 2016.

Photo credit: © Paul S Allen


Hi, my name is Sharon. I wanted to be part of the Queer Support Network as I have a daughter who is gay and have witnessed a lot of her LGBT friends have very little support especially when it comes to family. I would like to offer my support in whatever way I can. I am quite easy to talk with and have quite a quirky sense of humour! I am originally from Canada so sometimes I'm funny and don't mean to be! Something about getting lost in translation! I'm not a student at Otago - I work in the International Office which is quite cool meeting people from all different cultures. I look forward to sharing a laugh and a really good cuppa coffee!

'Queer' is a term used to describe the many variations of sexual attraction and sex/gender identity, including intersex, transgender, transsexual, genderqueer, asexual, fa'afafine, takatapui, lesbian, bisexual and gay. Although it may not be the preferred term for everyone, it is used to challenge binary representations of sexuality, sex, and gender.