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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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Hello from Peppercomm’s only commuting intern! My name is Madison (Maddy) Lehman and I am a rising senior at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. I am from New Jersey and love taking trips to New York City, so I have spent many times on the wonderful transportation system called NJ Transit.

My father has been using this system for about 25 years now. As I was growing up, he always came home with funny stories about his commute to work.. Now that I’m older, I have been able to experience these struggles with him as I’ve commuted to the city for internships at the United Nations, a PR Agency and now for Peppercomm. Although these experiences can be frustrating, we’ve been able to find the humor in these experiences. I am hoping readers will take a look at this and relate as well. I also encourage anyone reading this to comment with commuting struggles they also experience!

 

  1. The Inevitable Delay

One thing that NJ Transit can be known for is delays. Sometimes, when you are sitting and staring at the board in Penn Station that announces the tracks, you get that sinking feeling in your stomach when your train is a 6:01 and they have announced the tracks for the 5:45, 5:55, 6:05 and 6:10. By this time, you usually realize that your train isn’t coming and you should probably catch the next one. They also have this system that tells you that your train is delayed when you’re already on the train and have no way to get off unless you want to pry open the doors and jump on the tracks.

  1. Roulette Game of Which Track

It’s the end of your day and you are standing amongst a sea of fellow travelers staring at the board that announces the tracks. You are nervously looking around at each track entrance, and then back at the board, and then back at the track entrances that surround you. You never know if you will have to run across the station or if the right track will conveniently be next to you. It’s a fun guessing game each day to see if you are lucky enough to stand near your track.

  1. The Stampede

After you have played the roulette game, you have to experience the stampede of bodies that flock to the train entrance’s door. The stampede could be likened to a fight to the Cornucopia in The Hunger Games. It’s every person for themselves here. You see parents dragging their children, travelers trying to get their suitcases through the crowd and a few people that are doing this for the first time looking scared and confused as they are pushed against their will towards the doors.

  1. TICKETS

Once you’re on the train, the call of “TICKETS” is one that immediately results in fear. Everyone begins frantically emptying their bags searching for their ticket or their phone. Those with a phone begin feverishly attempting to open the NJ Transit application in order to avoid the wrath of the train conductor if your ticket is not loaded. You don’t want to be that commuter that receives a deathly look from the train conductor if your ticket is not downloaded on your device when they’re there. Unfortunately, this happens often since the trains don’t have Wi-Fi and there are various areas without data on the ride.

  1. The Mystery of the Doors

This is a problem that often keeps my father up at night. No one really knows where the train doors will stop when the train arrives. As the train arrives, everyone begins running around like a chicken with their head cut off trying to find a door in order to be one of the first on the train. If you are unfortunate enough to be one of those that are far from a door, you may have to stand for some of the train ride or be stuck next to “That Guy” (see below).

  1. “That Guy”

Sometimes you wind up sitting next to who I like to call “That Guy.” “That Guy” can encompass a lot of people. It can be the person that spreads their legs as wide as they can in the tiny seat next to you, resulting in you spending most of the ride hanging on the side of your chair. They can also be that person that is playing electronic music very loudly or speaking loudly on the phone about the cream cheese bagel they are craving on your 7 a.m. train. These are just a few examples of “That Guy,” but there are many more. You will usually know when you’re next to “That Guy” after the first 5 minutes of your trip. If possible, try to find a new seat when you realize this.

 

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shan (2)Today we are going to meet Peppercomm’s only red head: Shannon Clegg!

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

Good day! I’m Shannon. I’m from a town outside Cleveland, Ohio, called Chagrin Falls. I recently graduated from The Ohio State University with a major in strategic communication and minors in professional writing and fashion. It’s been a goal of mine to move to the city. Last fall, my sister sent me a list of best places to work in communications and you guessed it, Peppercomm was on the list! I applied and alas, here I am today.

 

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

I really enjoy music and going to concerts. I like scoping out jazz clubs and am a big fan of comedy shows. I recently saw John Early in Brooklyn—I highly recommend checking him out if you don’t know who he is… you won’t regret it. Outside of that, I like to run along the Hudson River and play basketball when I can.

 

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

I have an interest in two areas within the industry: branding and social media. Branding interests me because it allows you to have a lot of creative input over an organization’s brand direction. There are opportunities to mix social media, design and strategic thinking when building a company’s brand. I love that. Social media and social media analytics also intrigue me. Analytics is such a necessary skill to possess in the communications industry today. The ability to know how to properly message something and then analyze its impact with fancy graphs and numbers really sets you apart from other individuals and competitors.

 

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

The really awesome thing about Peppercomm is that they do not treat you like a typical intern. Each team gives you responsibilities that allow you to show your talents and build your PR skills. The atmosphere is fast-paced which makes you jump right into your work. There’s never a dull moment!

 

Where do you see yourself going in the industry?

I see myself going into more of a creative role within the industry. I want to use both my writing skills and overall design-oriented thinking skills to build companies’ brands and connect them with their target audiences.

 

INTERN LIGHTNING ROUND

  • Netflix or HBO? For medieval TV dramas & Master of None: the ‘flix, for everything else: HBO
  • Text or Call? Call
  • Coffee or Tea? Coffee
  • Dogs or Cats? Three words: HYPOALLERGENIC SMALL DOGS.
  • NYC or CLE? NYC but don’t underestimate the power of the 216! #Lebron
  • Cheesy or caramel popcorn? 100% Cheesy
  • Crunchy or smooth peanut butter? Smooth
  • Mac or PC? Mac
  • Nickelodeon or Cartoon Network? Nick minus Nick at Night—that always gave me weird vibes
  • Chocolate or Vanilla? Chocolate
  • Seltzer or Water? Water, but I’m slowly turning into a seltzer lover. Shoutout to the raspberry lime seltzer!
  • Cake or Pie?  Cake with cream cheese frosting.
  • Tacos or Pizza? Ooooo both.
  • Hogwarts House? I’ve always said I’m such a Hufflepuff.
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blog random post 3.29As a young southern California girl, moving to the big city was quite the change. Everything from big buildings, bright lights and so many people. It took quite the adjustment to find my way. I decided to make a little list of do’s and don’ts for living in the New York City from my personal experience and with a little help from my fellow interns.

Do: Even though the city is a busy place, DO keep your eyes open and take it all in. I’ve noticed after being here for almost 3 years I still see something new every day. Like celebrities on the train, dogs with nicer outfits than I will ever afford and a naked cowboy. A building might look busted on the outside but it could be a gem on the inside.

Don’t: This is a big one that I’ve learned from personal experience. DON’T fall asleep on the subway without setting an alarm when you’re commuting an hour to work. Otherwise you’ll miss your stop and have to walk 10 cold blocks to work.

Do: Talk to other people! As someone who comes from San Diego, we are friendly folks and we say hi and smile to everyone. I realized at first that most people are very much in their own world, but a lot of people will be nice if you talk to them. DO ask for recommendations for restaurants, bars, and new places to visit. You’d be surprised by the amount of awesome people you can meet.

Don’t: This can really ruin your day. DON’T forget your headphones when you leave your house. Riding the subway without headphones is especially boring. Even if you just wear them without music playing, it gives the illusion to everyone around that you don’t want to talk to them and usually will keep the guys that are selling something on the trains away too.

Do: Eat pizza every week. Whether it’s for lunch or after a fun crazy night with friends at 3 a.m. DO eat pizza whenever possible. My favorite thing to do is bookmark places on my Yelp app to help me remember which spots I like the best so I can go back and relive the cheesy goodness over and over again.

Don’t: Go to Time Square or any touristy spot unless you absolutely need to. I don’t know how many times I use to go all the way to 42nd street my first year here to go shopping. WORST IDEA EVER! As if there wasn’t other Forever 21’s and H&M’s in the city. Not only will you spend hours waiting in line to buy the two items that you just “kind of” like, but you will run over all the tourist that want to stop mid-sidewalk to get a picture with their selfie stick.

So with all these suggestions hopefully you can make your life a little easier living here in this one of kind city.

P.S even though it’s March, check out this Elf video to get a few extra tips on NYC from the jolly bearded man himself.J

Till next time.

-Mo the Pro :)

 

by: Morgan Dewberry

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