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Mar
27

The Intern Spotlight: Robert Smith

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In today’s post, meet current Peppercomm NYC intern and future industry star, Robert Smith 

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

I’m from a small town in South Jersey that no one has ever heard of. It’s funny, when I tell people I live in Tuckerton, I’m usually corrected, “you mean the shore?” No I mean Tuckerton, but I won’t concern you with my plight any longer. I graduated from Drew University in May 2014 with a B.A. in Business.

My path to Peppercomm, specifically PR, was… well different. My industry experience stemmed from digital media, specifically, blogging, social and web design. A PR career wasn’t initially on my radar, but I always knew that I wanted to write. Peppercomm is providing me the opportunity to learn the strategy and tactics needed to successfully deliver results for a wide swathe of clients. 

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

I have most enjoyed my work in media relations on crafting pitches, pitching reporters and securing coverage for our clients. To draw on a baseball reference there’s usually more outs than hits, but it’s a great feeling to knock a single, even if it’s not always a homer. As far as industries, I’ve found that I’m most interested in the tech space. I’m fascinated by the constant evolution of technology, and I expect this business segment will only become more interesting, challenging and fulfilling. I’m looking forward to continued contributions to the current accounts I work on, and expanding my role at Peppercomm to help our team best serve our clients.

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

While I had questions about my hands-on contribution working at a larger firm, I was surprised at the overall involvement I was awarded from the start. There’s times that I forget I’m an intern, and that feeling deepens my appreciation for the culture and inclusive environment at Peppercomm. We’re encouraged to share our input, and afforded the opportunity to learn even if that means making mistakes. Also, the only coffee I get is my own. 

Where do you see yourself going in the industry?

There’s no telling where I’ll end up, right now I’m focused on making the most out of this internship. Ideally, I envision myself working in-house for a professional sports franchise. Coming from a digital marketing background, my journey in PR has only just begun. I’m excited to see where it takes me.

 

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Mar
17

The Intern Spotlight: Younhee Choi

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In today’s post, meet current Peppercomm NYC intern and future industry star, Younhee Choi

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

I was born in South Korea and my family moved to the States when I was in the 4th grade. I’ve lived in the Bronx ever since. In May of 2014, I graduated from Baruch College in the city of New York with a degree in Advertising and Marketing Communications and a minor in Graphics. I was always interested in the creative world. After watching well-made advertisements and looking through well designed brand logos it triggered me to jump in to the advertising and marketing field. I learned that there were many divisions in the marketing field and while I was searching for a new marketing internship I was introduced to Peppercomm and its Brand² Squared Licensing division. After submitting my resume, I was very excited yet nervous about the opportunity to join the great atmosphere and humorous environment at Peppercomm

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

Public Relations is very new to me and the industry itself was very appealing. As of now, I have been involved mostly in brand licensing where I get to see companies collaborating to license new products. I have also been involved in different areas of the industry, including market research, brand management, and also what I love the most, the creative aspects. 

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

I did not know what to expect at Peppercomm. I’ve worked for small firms in the past and was expecting big firms like Peppercomm to be much more serious and independent, but I found myself very wrong. I discovered I was working at a very energetic, collaborative and creative company where everyone enjoys it and is passionate about what they do. I was also surprised about the loads of work I received on my first day of the internship. I can definitely say that I learned a lot in a short amount of time and know I still have more to learn while working here at Peppercomm.

Where do you see yourself going in the industry?

I still do not know exactly what I love, so I want to keep my options wide open. I would definitely want to get my feet wet with the creative team and learn from the basics. Maybe I’ll stay in public relations or learn more about brand licensing. I don’t want to set an end mark to my possibilities until I find what I really enjoy and am passionate about.

 

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Mar
12

The Intern Spotlight: Addi Dabiri

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In today’s post, meet current Peppercomm NYC Business Outcomes intern and future industry star, Addi Dabiri

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

My name is Ademoluwa Dabiri but I go by Addi to avoid pronunciation issues. I was born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria but now London is where I call home. I came to the states for college; I studied Economics and Computer Science at New York University. I happened to graduate early and although, I did a few other internships during my college career, I wasn’t prepared to go back to the UK without having a legitimate working experience in the city. London is great but it’s no New York.

While searching for said experience, I stumbled upon the job description for Peppercomm’s research and analytics internship with the Business Outcomes group and it ticked all the boxes of my requirements for an internship: the position offered me the chance to put everything I’d learnt to the test and offered a relaxed office environment in which to do so. Fast-forward through the applications and interviews and now here I am!

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

Being a part of the Business Outcomes team, I’m exposed more to the numbers behind what goes on in the PR world and naturally, this appeals to me the most because of my quantitative background. It’s really cool to examine big chunks of data about the quality of a company’s coverage in social and traditional media and then be able to form a narrative about many aspects about the company’s performance.

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

This is my first experience working in PR so a lot of basic knowledge about the industry was new to me. What surprised me most about my particular role was the wide variation in accounts that I would be working on; I had no idea that I would be learning about financial regulation or trash-to-energy regulation amongst other things as these were industries that were well off my radar upon taking on this position.

I knew Peppercomm was named the Best Place to Work in New York City so I shouldn’t have been surprised, but I’m really impressed with how everyone puts in 110% with each of their accounts and does so with smiles on their faces.

Where do you see yourself going in the industry?

I’m a recent graduate so a lot of things are still up in the air! However, working on the Business Outcomes team has exposed me to the several possible applications of data and analytics within the industry and so I would hope to be able to explore that further. I am still a newbie to the PR world so I’m also eager to take on other roles that are more involved with the PR process.

  

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In today’s post, meet current Peppercomm NYC intern and future industry star, Gabriella Paulino 

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

Media and film have always intrigued me. When we watch a TV show, a movie or a live performance, we never think about the hard work that occurs behind the scenes.  There is a community of people fixing lights, sounds, cameras, running around and partaking in what seems to be frenzy for the whole crew. This speedy process of production usually goes unnoticed, but without any of this, there is no show.

Before I decided to become a video producer, I wanted to pursue broadcast journalism and be a news reporter or an interviewer. But then I realized I love to see what’s going on behind the scenes and see that everything isn’t always so picture perfect. It takes a lot of thinking and accuracy to work in film and at times you can be put under a lot of pressure, but as a producer it is my job to keep everything and everyone organized.

I was born and raised in Queens, New York. Growing up in the city and attending an art high school definitely helped get my creative juices flowing. Currently, I attend Hunter majoring in Media studies with a concentration in video production. I am still learning and in my beginning stages, but I am eager to learn more.

Before interning here at Peppercomm, I was an Intern and producers assistant at EY. I was able to assist the producer on video shoots and live webcasts, which were mostly internal and talking head videos, but just being on set and watching the magic happen was extremely fun and exciting.

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

It’s hard to say exactly what I find appealing about the industry because this is my first introduction to public relations. I’ve only been here for a couple of weeks, but from what I have experienced so far I like coming up with new ideas for projects. Also, it’s great hearing other peoples perspectives because it makes me see the project in a different light.

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

I love how down to earth everyone is at Peppercomm. When I first arrived I did not know what to expect, since my prior internship was a very serious, corporate environment. I admire how everyone at Peppercomm loves to have a good time and make their work fun, but also know when to get down to business and get stuff done.

Where do you see yourself going in the industry?

I love trying new things and getting my feet wet. Media is such a broad industry, at the moment I see myself becoming a video producer whether it be for television or for documentaries. I am still growing and learning all the aspects to be a producer, but who’s to say in a couple of years I won’t change my mind and decide to be a director or cinematographer. I’m hoping my time at Peppercomm will steer me in the right direction.

 

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Feb
09

The Intern Spotlight: Amira Khatib

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In today’s post, meet current Peppercomm NYC intern and future industry star, Amira Khatib 

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

I’m from Iowa and I graduated from Iowa State University in December 2014 with a B.S. in Public Relations. Originally, I majored in journalism, but after working as an editor for an on-campus magazine, I decided I wanted to be on the “other side” of the picture working in public relations.

Rather than studying abroad last spring, I interned at a boutique PR agency in New York.  It was a pretty bold move as I had never visited the East Coast before moving to the city. After living in New York for five months, I was completely in love — everything from the city’s pace to the energy of agency life revealed my true passion for public relations and complemented my adventurous spirit. Plus, it’s a media mecca so I knew it would be the best place for me to live as I pursue a career in PR.

When researching some of the best PR firms in the city, I found Peppercomm. After poking around the site and the PRiscope blog, I just knew it. I called my mom and told her that I had found where I was going to intern. I crafted a fun, creative cover letter, did a Skype interview, and a few weeks later I found out I had gotten the internship position. Things moved quickly after that – I had finals, graduated, celebrated Christmas and moved to New York a mere two weeks after graduation.

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

I definitely love the media relations side. It’s great to help craft pitches, pitch reporters, and get feedback – even if it’s not always positive. As far as industries, I’ve found that I’m most interested in the financial accounts. It’s a learning curve but I enjoy the sheer amount I learn every time I dive into those accounts. I look forward to the projects that I work on for those accounts because they can be a bit challenging.

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

It’s wonderful to be welcomed with open arms. From day one, my accounts have valued me as an equal team member. In fact, within my first week I found and helped secure an opportunity for a client. I’ve always heard that no two days in PR are the same, and I’ve slowly realized how true that is. It’s exciting to be able to work on different projects and gain insight into companies and industries I may have never known too much about.

Where do you see yourself going in the industry?

It’s up in the air at this point and that’s the beauty of this industry. Though I have plenty of ideas, I enjoy public relations’ versatility and ability to translate into many different career paths. Right now, I would like to continue working at an agency where I can have a diverse set of accounts. I enjoy the creative and collaborative culture of agency life. Down the line, I see myself eventually starting my own agency or working in-house for an organization I’m passionate about.

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