Today we are getting to know Peppercomm intern Natasha Sadek!

 

natashaTell us about yourself—where did you/do you go to school, where are you from and what brought you to Peppercomm? 

Hi everyone, my name is Natasha! I graduated in May 2017 from Rutgers University with a degree in Journalism. I grew up in Hawthorne, a small town in northern New Jersey. After graduating I did not feel like I had enough real-life experience to land a full-time job so in my extensive search for an internship I found Peppercomm! The focus on company culture and the willingness to teach interns is what drew me to Peppercomm so I applied and here I am!

When you’re not hard at work at Peppercomm, what do you like to do?

My family and friends are most important to me so I try to spend as much time with them as I can on weekends. I also LOVE makeup. I’m always up to date on all the new collections and follow multiple beauty bloggers religiously. I’m not the best at it but I still like learning new techniques and improving my skills. When I’m having a bad day I’ll just do my makeup ULTRA glam and I’ll feel better. It’s therapeutic for me.

What area of the industry do you find the most appealing and why?

I was not surprised to find out that I love Media Relations. I majored in Journalism in college so coming up with new story ideas and pitching them to reporters is very exciting for me. What’s even more exciting is when the reporter actually responds and is interested in an interview with the client!

Any surprises or revelations about your role, the industry or Peppercomm?

I was honestly surprised at how willing everyone at Peppercomm is to help each other out, especially interns. I really felt like I was part of the team on every account and that my work was valued. Interning at Peppercomm was my first taste of PR and the experience has made me very excited for my future in the industry. I was able to experience so many different aspects and sectors in just four short months.

Where do you see yourself going in the industry?

I would love to work in the beauty industry. As I mentioned, I love makeup and I believe that if you can turn your hobby into a career, you’ve succeeded. I would love to learn more about the consumer industry as a whole and learn what it’s like working with influencers.

Intern Lightning Round Questions:  

  • Netflix or Hulu?  Netflix
  • Text or Call? Call
  • Coffee or Tea? Coffee
  • Dogs or Cats? Dogs
  • NYC or San Francisco? NYC
  • Star Wars or Star Trek? Star Wars
  • Crunchy or smooth peanut butter? Crunchy
  • Mac or PC? Mac
  • Sweetened or Unsweetened Tea? Sweetened
  • Nickelodeon or Cartoon Network? Nickelodeon – Two words: Spongebob Squarepants!
  • Chocolate or Vanilla? I only prefer vanilla when picking sides of a black & white cookie
  • Seltzer or Water? Water
  • Cake or Pie? Cake
  • Tacos or Pizza? Anyone who knows me knows that I’d choose tacos over anything
  • Hogwarts House? Gryffindor (according to Buzzfeed)

 

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Today we are getting to know Peppercomm intern Bella Chandris!

IsabellaTell us about yourself—where did you/do you go to school, where are you from and what brought you to Peppercomm? 

Hi Everyone! My name is Isabella (Bella) Chandris, and I grew up in London, England. I graduated from Tufts University in May 2016 and worked in the city before I landed at Peppercomm. The tech company I worked for was involved in a huge scandal, and that was the moment I realized I wanted to work in PR. I swiftly left the company, applied for the Peppercomm internship, and haven’t looked back.

When you’re not hard at work at Peppercomm, what do you like to do?

I’m definitely someone who lives to eat, not eats to live, so when I’m not working I’m out discovering different restaurants and food in the city. Since moving to New York, I’ve kept a list of my favorite places and as I’m a perfectionist, its arranged by cuisine and subsequently in alphabetical order (feel free to ask me for it anytime!)

What area of the industry do you find the most appealing and why?

After experiencing a scandal at my previous job, first-hand, I found crisis communications extremely interesting. It was fascinating to see how a company’s reputation could be destroyed in several minutes, and how a company chooses to respond in an attempt to mitigate the damage. Since working at Peppercomm, I have also discovered that I find media relations appealing; the aspect of pitching involves freedom to be creative, and you end up forming relationships with journalists, which you can then leverage for more coverage. It’s almost like a game, which I love!

Any surprises or revelations about your role, the industry or Peppercomm?

When I first received my accounts, I was slightly skeptical as most of them were financial. Since I had no previous experience in the finance industry, I wasn’t entirely convinced that I would like working on them. However, having worked on my accounts for several months now, I have found myself the most engaged and intrigued on the financial ones. They have mentally stimulated and challenged me, and I’m truly glad I was given the opportunity to work on them.

Where do you see yourself going in the industry?

Since social media has become such an influence in today’s world, I could definitely see myself working more in the crisis management side of industry, or maybe the financial side. I’m sure I’ll have a better idea once I finish the internship but for now, I’m just focused on absorbing as much information as possible.

Intern Lightning Round Questions:  

  • Netflix or Hulu? Netflix hands down. Although, where would we be without The Handmaid’s Tale?
  • Text or Call? Either, both! If you know me, you know I am perfectly willing to ramble on through any form of communication.
  • Coffee or Tea? Coffee, 100%.
  • Dogs or Cats? Dogs without a doubt. I don’t trust cats because you can never tell what they’re thinking. The same goes for horses.
  • NYC or San Francisco? NYC because it’s the city that never sleeps. Also because I haven’t really ever been to San Francisco.
  • Star Wars or Star Trek? Star Wars. It’s much more realistic, which makes you think you the possibility of waking up as a Jedi tomorrow isn’t too improbable.
  • Crunchy or smooth peanut butter? Definitely crunchy.
  • Mac or PC? Do PCs still exist?
  • Sweetened or Unsweetened Tea? Sweetened if hot, unsweetened if cold.
  • Nickelodeon or Cartoon Network? Cartoon Network, Dexter’s Laboratory changed my childhood.
  • Chocolate or Vanilla? Vanilla, if we’re talking about cake.
  • Seltzer or Water? Water.
  • Cake or Pie? Cake all the way. Ice cream or Betty Crocker are the fastest ways to my heart.
  • Tacos or Pizza? Tacos for sure, I’m positive I was Mexican in a previous life.
  • Hogwarts House? From what I remember I was Ravenclaw.
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Today we are going to get to know Peppercomm intern Kevin Castaneda!

kevinTell us about yourself—where did you/do you go to school, where are you from and what brought you to Peppercomm? 

I’m from North Plainfield and went to Kean University, where I studied PR.

When you’re not hard at work at Peppercomm, what do you like to do?

I think anyone that has had a conversation with me knows I’m a huge sneaker collector and reseller. I own over 60-70 pairs (which isn’t that bad) and I buy, trade, and sell sneakers. It’s one of my passions. I also dedicate a lot of my time to music, specifically hip-hop and rap. There’s a whole world within the music you listen to and it’s amazing. I believe music says a lot about one’s personality. I plan to drop my mixtape on SoundCloud in July (just kidding). OH! I’m a huge sports fan. I love to play basketball and catching up on sports news. I’m a fan of the Brooklyn Nets, Minnesota Timberwolves, OKC Thunder, New England Patriots, and the Yankees.

What area of the industry do you find the most interesting and why?

I like consumer account work. Although it may seem more straight-forward than B2B, the thought process, strategy, and detail that the industry requires behind the scenes has been completely fascinating to me.

Any surprises or revelations about your role, the industry or Peppercomm?

I came to Peppercomm thinking, “I studied PR for 4 years, how much more can I learn?” but I realized right away I haven’t even scratched the surface. Peppercomm has been by far one of the best working experiences I’ve had. I think everyone should want to work here. The environment has just been amazing and I’ve never been more encouraged to learn.

Where do you see yourself going in the industry?

It’s so hard with the PR world changing and evolving every single day to be certain of exactly where I see myself going in the industry. Every day I become more intrigued by the role social media plays in almost everything in our lives.  I am fascinated by how “integrated” communications is. I want to learn from all those different sides in the industry and find what seems to be the best fit for my skillset.

Intern Lightning Round Questions:  

  • Netflix or Hulu?Definitely Netflix because my cousin let me use his login for free and if it’s for free… it’s for me.
  • Text or Call?Depending on what the matter is but overall texting. I like calls if I don’t have much time to chat
  • Coffee or Tea? Coffee has a horrible aftertaste
  • Dogs or Cats? Dogs
  • NYC or San Francisco?New York… haven’t been to San Francisco yet
  • Star Wars or Star Trek? Star Wars because I haven’t watched Star Trek yet.
  • Crunchy or smooth peanut butter? I don’t know why, but I love crunchy.
  • Mac or PC?Mac, I’m an Apple geek.
  • Sweetened or Unsweetened Tea? I don’t trust those who like unsweetened… I may or may not be kidding.
  • Nickelodeon or Cartoon Network? Cartoon Network if we’re talking about the classics.
  • Chocolate or Vanilla?This one’s tough, but vanilla.
  • Seltzer or Water?Water
  • Cake or Pie?Cake
  • Tacos or Pizza?Wow, I’m torn… Pizza?
  • Hogwarts House? ACCORDING to some of my colleagues I am a combination of Slytherin and Hufflepuff? Whatever that means.
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Today we are going to get to know Peppercomm intern Riya Sherchan!

royaTell us about yourself—where did you/do you go to school, where are you from and what brought you to Peppercomm? 

Hi everyone, my name is Riya. I am the new Analytics intern here. I graduated from Stony Brook University in Long Island, New York and I did a double major in Applied Mathematics and Statistics, and Economics. My home is more or less 23 hours by flight (Yeah you read it right the first time) in a city called Kathmandu in Nepal. I came to Peppercomm knowing little to nothing about the industry. People with a major like mine typically go for IT and/or Finance industries but I wanted to join a happy place to kick start my career. I didn’t want the pressure of my first job to scar me for life, and after watching Peppercomm’s harlem shake video online, this just felt like the right place to start.

When you’re not hard at work at Peppercomm, what do you like to do?

I start panicking mid-week when I don’t have plans for the weekend. I’d hate to waste Fridays at home just because there is SO much to do in this city. Weekdays, I like to get enough rest for work so I commute from home to work and back. I tend to save my excitement for the weekends. Fridays are for catching up with friends for drinks, or attending events they feature on TimeOut that stand out to me. Then Saturdays are for spending quality time with family and cleaning home. Fun fact (Ok this is not fun but it’s a fact): I have cleanliness OCDs. I wouldn’t be caught dead not washing my hands after I touch a pair of shoes. It’s like a reflex action- touch shoes, wash hands. Moving on to Sundays, well Sundays I don’t like to be bothered (ha!). I love my ME-time whether it is doing my nails, going shopping, watching a movie or doing nothing at all. Need me some ME-time.

What area of the industry do you find the most appealing and why?

The power of media. POTUS’s tweets about North Korea are all fun and games until Kim Jong Un responds.

Any surprises or revelations about your role, the industry or Peppercomm?

You know how when you hand an iPad to a kid for the first time, he just finds his way around it because it is so new and exciting. Well I am the kid and the whole PR industry is my iPad. Everything is new, everything is surprising, everything is exciting.

Where do you see yourself going in the industry?

Like I said, PR is a whole new thing to me so for now I am testing my waters.

Intern Lightning Round Questions:  

  • Netflix or Hulu?  Netflix
  • Text or Call? Call
  • Coffee or Tea? On days I start my day without coffee, I have to check if I’m still there on the inside. Starbucks is my second home, coffee indefinitely.
  • Dogs or Cats? Dogs. The chubby ones.
  • NYC or San Francisco?  NYC. I wouldn’t trade this place for the world.
  • Star Wars or Star Trek? Neither
  • Crunchy or smooth peanut butter? I don’t like peanut butter
  • Mac or PC? Mac any day
  • Sweetened or Unsweetened Tea? Sweetened Tea. Unsweetened Coffee.
  • Nickelodeon or Cartoon Network? Cartoon Network but only because they had that ONE show I used to watch-The Powerpuff Girls. I spent most of my childhood playing with Barbie dolls or playing dress up.
  • Chocolate or Vanilla? Vanilla
  • Seltzer or Water? Water
  • Cake or Pie? Cake
  • Tacos or Pizza? Artichoke pizzas are on a whole other level
  • Hogwarts House? I know this is from Harry Potter but this is as far as I can get hehe.
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Today we are going to get to know Peppercomm intern Emily White!

IMG_0902Tell us about yourself—where did you/do you go to school, where are you from and what brought you to Peppercomm? 

 I was born and raised in Houston, TX and moved to Boston to attend Northeastern University. I’m still currently a student but I’ll be graduating May of 2018 (during my Peppercomm internship) with a B.A. in Communications and International Affairs. Northeastern has a co-op program that allows students to take a semester off and complete a 6 month internship in a field they are interested in, which is how I learned about Peppercomm. I have previously done co-ops doing communications and marketing for non-profit organizations, but was really interested in learning more about traditional PR before I graduated, which led me to Peppercomm.

When you’re not hard at work at Peppercomm, what do you like to do?

I just moved to San Francisco for my internship, so lately I’ve been spending all of my free time exploring this incredible city. I love being outdoors and hiking, so San Francisco has been a perfect match for me. Beyond that, I love playing golf and I’m trying to get back into photography again. My real passion is watching reality TV – the trashier the better – but I felt like I should lead in with my more productive interests first.

What area of the industry do you find the most appealing and why?

I’ve been surprised by how much I have enjoyed working in crisis management here at Peppercomm. In the past, the majority of my PR experience was working on social media and press releases, so this is a completely new area of the industry for me to learn about. I’m excited to get as much experience with it as I can during my internship!

Any surprises or revelations about your role, the industry or Peppercomm?

I think what has surprised me the most thus far is how non-stop this industry is. At my past jobs working for small non-profit organizations, the companies operated from 9-5. Here at Peppercomm, it’s so interesting to see how constant the work is, even with offices around the world. The employees at Peppercomm are so dedicated and really understand that in order to be successful in this industry, you have to be prepared for anything at any time.

Where do you see yourself going in the industry?

Going forward, I would really like to find a balance between my Communications and International Affairs degrees. I would love to continue in the PR/ marketing industry with the skills that I have learned from Peppercomm and apply them to companies such as Charity: Water or Comic Relief – large non-profit organizations that are really making a difference in human rights work around the world.

Intern Lightning Round Questions:  

  • Netflix or Hulu?  Netflix… until Handmaid’s Tale comes back, then I’m pledging my allegiance to Hulu
  • Text or Call? Call
  • Coffee or Tea? Am I allowed to say neither without every adult human scowling at me?
  • Dogs or Cats? Dogs
  • NYC or San Francisco?  San Francisco! It’s 70 degrees in March – New York can’t compete with that
  • Star Wars or Star Trek? I haven’t watched either
  • Crunchy or smooth peanut butter? Smooth
  • Mac or PC? PC
  • Sweetened or Unsweetened Tea? I’m from the South so I’m obliged to say sweetened
  • Nickelodeon or Cartoon Network? Nickelodeon (but I was a Disney kid first and foremost)
  • Chocolate or Vanilla? Vanilla
  • Seltzer or Water? Just plain H2O for me
  • Cake or Pie? Cake
  • Tacos or Pizza? Pizza
  • Hogwarts House? Slytherin
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