The Women of Cincy Residency:
Mentorship in Action


Women of Cincy is a social enterprise built to celebrate Cincinnati’s incredible women, creating empathy and opportunities through storytelling, collaboration, community, and mentorship.

Our residency program is aimed towards college students with interests in journalism, social media and marketing, and graphic design. Young women must be a part of the conversation and a part of the action. We believe in investing in young women by giving them an active role in creating work that exemplifies integrity, quality, and social good.



Cultivating and maintaining  content including the resident's own capstone that explores a personal topic of interest


"Networking" in a way that builds meaningful connections with the Women of Cincy team and others through various events


Focusing on the resident's personal and professional goals and finding manageable steps to reach those



Discovering career-driven paths that align with the resident's own passions and ideas to better orient them towards the future


Ellen Huggins
Residency Director

“As a former Women of Cincy resident who has also held many other intern roles, I can’t emphasize enough how important I believe this program to be. I never imagined to gain the skills and confidence that I have today, but I’m so grateful that I did. We hope to continue the reach of our mentorship in new ways and continue to build this residency program. I’m excited to be a part of the growth and continued opportunities that arise with this program!”


The Residencies

How does the residency work?

Residents commit to two semesters at a time when applying. In their first semester, they build skills and establish a deeper understanding for Women of Cincy and their own goals. Their second semester comes with the title of senior resident in which they act as peer mentors to the new residents and gain valuable experience.

Positions are unpaid, except in glowing references and the chance to build community with a group of amazing Cincinnatians.

Editorial Residents

10 hours/week onsite at Union Hall in Over-the-Rhine
5 hours/week working remotely or attending events

  • Fact-check and edit daily content

  • Write content such as weekly news roundups, event coverage, and more

  • Generate posts for social media from editorial content

  • Brainstorm ideas and help managing director consider and research new projects

  • Various administrative tasks that include website maintenance, organizing contact info, and more

  • Participate in other Women of Cincy teams as desired i.e. podcast, events, marketing

  • Manage and create an independent capstone project of your choosing, such as an interview series, creative piece, oral history, etc.

Communications Resident

10 hours/week onsite at Union Hall in Over-the-Rhine
5 hours/week working remotely or attending events

  • Generate and post social media content

  • Assist social media director in maintaining the quality of posts written by the social media team

  • Grow and interact with social media communities through all social media platforms

  • Assist managing director in maintaining the social media calendar via Airtable and scheduling posts in Buffer

  • Work with editorial team to research relevant accounts and hashtags for new editorial content

  • Attend internal and public events and post to Instagram story

  • Participate in other Women of Cincy teams as desired, i.e. podcast, events, editorial

  • Capstone project: Assist management team in the creation and implementation of a large-scale brand campaign

Graphic Design Resident

8 hours/week onsite at Union Hall in Over-the-Rhine
2-4 hours/week working remotely or attending events


  • Have at least 3 years of design school completed

  • Be proficient in Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign

  • Have your own computer and Adobe Creative Suite

  • Photography skills are a plus, but not required

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Create typesets and graphics for social media posts and newsletters

  • Design collateral for upcoming events

  • Build posts for the Women of Cincy site

  • Create identities for new Women of Cincy initiatives

  • Lead the design of a large-scale project working alongside the creative director to brainstorm, design, and execute


Meet the Residents


Karina Baffa
Editorial Resident
Fall 2018 and Spring 2019

Guilty pleasure: Putting an embarrassing amount of time and energy into my skincare routine

Favorite part of being a resident: Surrounding myself with supportive, dedicated women empowers me to be the best I can be! It has been a breath of fresh air to work alongside women whose passions and intentions lie within bettering our community.

Maggie Heath-Bourne

Maggie Heath-Bourne
Graduate Communications Resident
Spring 2019

Guilty pleasure: There’s no guilt in loving Twizzlers.

Favorite part of being a resident: Doing great work with great women.

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Kate Ducey
Head Resident | Fall 2018
Editorial Resident | Summer 2018

Guilty pleasure: Cheesy romantic comedies or Skyline Chili!

Favorite part of being a resident: I've really enjoyed meeting everyone, hanging out with George Michael, and getting to read all of the amazing stories about incredible women doing really cool things in Cincinnati!

Capstone: My capstone was all about helping people see their day-to-day lives in a different light

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Lizzy Geraghty
Graphic Design Resident | Summer 2018

Guilty pleasure: Peanut butter all day everyday. Taking long walks while listening to a podcast.

Favorite part of being a resident: Being at Union Hall and meeting people who are making a difference in their community by simply sharing their story with others. I also love how our work is collaborative. It takes a lot of people to develop what people see on social media or the website.

Overall projects: The majority of the projects I have done have been related to helping people see through design or photography how meaningful Women of Cincy truly is.


Stephanie Smith
Editorial Resident
Fall 2018 and Spring 2019

Guilty pleasure: I got sucked back into “Days of Our Lives” this summer, thanks to the Ciara and Ben storyline. I’m a sucker for redemption stories, and I’m really, really, really curious how a serial killer is going to be redeemed.

Favorite part of being a resident: As someone who was born, raised and has spent most of her life in Cincinnati, I’ve become oblivious to what the city has to offer. I’m grateful to be around those who are passionate about Cincinnati; their passion is helping me see it with fresh eyes.


Lindsay Combs
Head Resident | Summer/Fall 2018
Editorial Resident | Spring 2018

Guilty pleasure: Skyline Chili Ranch is my pride and joy

Favorite part of being a resident: I love the network of women that Women of Cincy has built for me. It’s been incredible to see all the work put into every piece and it has helped me to grow as a writer and just simply as a human!

Capstone: My capstone was an open conversation with four college women regarding their faith, how to be open to others, and how they tackle conversations about faith in the current society.


Ally Lim
Social Media Resident | Summer 2018

Guilty pleasure: Romance novels

Favorite part of being a resident: Bonding with the incredible women that make up Women of Cincy, and witnessing the growth of the organization

Capstone: My capstone involved the completion of Instagram highlights that are categorized by Women of Cincy's pillars: storytelling, community, collaboration, and mentorship. I also created Instagram story guidelines for the next social media resident to enhance the engagement and impressions on Instagram.


Samantha Knight
Graphic Design Resident
Fall 2018 and Spring 2019

Guilty pleasure: Eating an entire container of hummus in one sitting.

Favorite part of being a resident: To be included in a passionate and motivated team of women whose goals align with mine is so inspiring. The environment is very welcoming and I’m excited to see the growth and impacts of this organization.


Lauren Lewis
Head Resident | Summer/Fall 2018
Editorial Resident | Spring 2018

Guilty pleasure: Tony Packo's Really Chunky Dill Pickles: They don't sell them here, so every time I go back home, I try to buy them or sneak the jar out of the fridge.

Favorite part of being a resident: Each month brings something new that I love, but so far, I've enjoyed being in on the behind-the-scenes decisions with a group of amazing women – plus our Harry Potter discussions.

Capstone: For my capstone project, I interviewed three women from Syria, Mexico, and Nepal about their journey to Cincinnati and then wrote a literary nonfiction piece about their stories.