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27

The Intern Spotlight: Ashwin Mallya

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In today’s post, meet current Peppercomm NYC intern and future industry star, Ashwin Mallya. 

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

I went to New York University for college, where I majored in Economic Theory, while grabbing minors in Mathematics and Philosophy on the way. I’m originally from India, where I did my primary and secondary schooling before coming to The States to attend NYU. After graduating college, I realized I wanted an Internship that will help me gain some valuable real world experience, while still being fulfilling in the process. While fishing, I came across Peppercomm’s Business Outcomes Internship, and I realized that it would be a great place to begin. I applied for the post, got called in for the interview, and here I am!

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

As an intern in the Business Outcomes Group, there isn’t much difference in the sort of projects I am required to work on, industry-wise. However, in general, I am interested in the intersection between the technology and the financial sector. I believe that the finance industry’s most interesting work is being done on behalf of the tech industry, which is forcing it to adapt and innovate as new kinds of technologies and products are entering (or desire to enter) the marketplace.

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

I didn’t really know much about PR prior to joining Peppercomm, so almost everything I learn about the industry comes as a surprise. However, I think the most interesting thing I’ve learnt is the importance of social media in managing companies’ public images. I never thought about that prior to joining Peppercomm though I was being constantly bombarded by social media alerts/advertisements on the internet. I guess Peppercomm offers me a way of thinking about social media which I had never conceived of prior to coming here.

Where do you see yourself going in the industry?

I’m not really sure, your guess is as good as mine!

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This video is an oldie-but-goodie from the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) about what it’s like to have a career in public relations.

Working in public relations, especially at an agency, you’re able to learn a lot about different industries. You are given the opportunity to develop a brands image, through various strategies and tactics. No two days are the same!

See what others in the industry have to say. 

Be sure explore the PRSSA website for more career and education resources. 

What questions or advice do you have about working in public relations? 

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In today’s post, meet current Peppercomm NYC intern and future industry star, Liesa Ehrenberg

LiesaTell 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 Germany. Yes, that’s right, the country of beer, pretzels and those weird clothes they’re wearing around October. I’m sure you’ve heard of the Oktoberfest we celebrate in late September/early October in Munich every year. I actually moved to Munich in March 2013 to start college there. I’m a Business Major at the University of Applied Science Munich. The school system is very different from the American one, but in Germany we basically have a “practical semester” included in the middle of our studies. I always loved the English language and the idea of working in PR, but I never got a chance to actually experience it and know what working in Public Relations really means. But then I got the chance to start here at Peppercomm. I applied for a Visa, packed my bags and here I am! The short German girl working in a PR agency in NYC- who would have thought?

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

I always found the idea of working in business exciting. But ever since I started college, I felt I needed to do something more creative. That’s why I started a YouTube Channel back in summer, 2014 – to have at least something creative to work on besides solving math problems and writing statistic or financial papers. Working on different accounts here at Peppercomm made this even clearer to me. I’m a creative head and I love to edit visual things. It doesn’t matter if it’s videos or pictures – everything visual, colorful and even audio is what I love to work on. Creative Digital is definitely one of the most appealing areas to me.

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

To be honest, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. I never had worked in PR before nor had similar experiences. But what I can say is that I’m definitely surprised – positively! Even if I haven’t worked in PR before, I did some internships back in Germany and I’ve never felt more welcome or comfortable during my first week as I felt at Peppercomm. Everyone is so supportive and just wants you doing okay and survive the “horrible” first week of an internship. And even my work load was more than I expected – but that was good! I love running around attending one meeting after another. Especially because I’m working on so many different accounts. Every day is so different and I love that. I can definitely say: Now I’m spoiled!

Where do you see yourself going in the industry?

I mean the future is so unpredictable. I once wanted to be a surgeon, then I wanted to be the next superstar, now I’m sitting here working for Peppercomm in New York City. But what I know for sure is: I need something creative. I’m not sure how and where exactly this will be, but isn’t this the exiting part about not knowing what comes next? However, I would love to work as a creative head anywhere media related.

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In today’s post, meet current Peppercomm NYC intern and future industry star, Matthew Moeller

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

At 30-years-old, not only am I the oldest intern in Peppercomm’s history, I’m also older than Peppercomm itself.

A Milwaukee, Wisconsin native, I was faced with a question many Midwestern’s ask themselves… how the heck do I get out of the Midwest? That question was answered when an Army recruiter walked up one day and offered to take me to lunch.

I never saw myself in the military, but I certainly never saw myself turning down a free meal, so I accepted. Within 30 minutes of my Subway meatball sandwich, and several beers, I quit college and became an Army Public Affairs Specialist.

During my nine years, I traveled the world as a public relations representative, military journalist, war photographer and the Journalist of the Year a couple of times. Eventually, I became an instructor at the U.S. Army’s Noncommissioned Officer Academy, teaching strategic communication and media facilitation, making me technically a college professor with no college degree. That’s the Army for you.
Now a civilian, I’m finishing my last year of school at Fordham University, in New York City.

I chose Peppercomm because I wanted to do more than fetch coffee or stack CDs. I wanted to grow as a PR professional, and that is what Peppercomm not only wants for me, it expects it.

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

I find consumer and industrial PR most appealing. However, financial PR is by far the most rewarding. So much of it goes over my head that I have to work twice as hard to keep up.

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

I was surprised by the pace of a PR agency. In many corporate PR positions and governmental PR positions, the speed is much slower, almost lumbering. Every decision must be approved, reapproved, redone because its now out of date, approved again and then…. well, you get the point. Peppercomm isn’t like that. It empowers its employees to act fast and make decisions that lead to results for the good of the client and the company.

Where do you see yourself going in the industry?

I see myself settling into a nice PR position in the near future. Even if it’s not with Peppercomm, this internship has definitely prepared me for my next step.

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Before the ‘Email in Real Life‘ there was the ‘Conference Call in Real Life’. Just like Email in Real Life, this video brings the conference call experience to life. From people speaking while on mute, talking over one another, background noise and so much more. There are so many variables that can take place while on a conference call, but if you can be in a quite place, with a good phone connection you should be able to at least tune in to the call. 

It’s Friday and I don’t want you to have to wait any longer. Take a look at the video and tell me what portions of the conference call in real life can you relate to the most.

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