The Intern Spotlight: Emily White


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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Intern Video

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