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Intern Spotlight: Natasha Sadek

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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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