The Intern Spotlight: Gisselle Trochez


Today we are going to get to know, Peppercomm intern Gisselle Trochez!

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

Hi, I’m Gisselle! I graduated from Biola University in Southern California this past May, where I studied Business Marketing. I proudly share the same birthplace with the very average Frank Sinatra – Hoboken, New Jersey. Honestly, you really can’t find two places that starkly contrast each other as much as Southern California and Northern New Jersey do, but I’m glad to have spent 4 years in (my idea of) paradise. While many think I’m crazy for not staying in California, I couldn’t stay away from the best pizza (and city) on earth.

I found out about Peppercomm through Sam Bruno, a Manager of Client Relations here at PC and also a friend of mine. For years she’d always talk about how much she loved her job (mostly via her #ilovemyjob hashtag on insta), and so when she told me about an open intern position, I was excited to look into it. From the research I did on the work Peppercomm does and their company culture, it seemed like a great first step in my career.

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

As an introverted extrovert, I genuinely enjoy spending time on my own, but ultimately rather be surrounded by people. When I’m on my own, I nerd out a whole lot. I love design, tech, and start-ups, so I tend to read-up on these topics. I also like to be hands-on with my interests, so aside from reading I mess around on the Adobe Creative Suite, my drone/camera, and the like. When with people I either want to be exploring old/new towns, or sitting on the couch for hours on end watching Netflix. You either get super high-energy or super-chill with me, really no in-between.

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

Maybe it’s my marketing research background, but I really love doing research (which might sound like the most boring aspect to most, understandably). I’ve had to do some in-depth research that ranged from bizarre food trends to innovation in technology, all to which make me a bit more entertaining and knowledgeable at parties and hangouts. And on a more serious note that applies more to my career and less to impact on personal life – I think research is the most critical piece to strategizing across all industries, so I always think it’s important to practice doing it well. I always think it’s cool to know that my research was the basis of an initiative.

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

I’ve been pleasantly surprised to be treated like a real team member – what I get to do is important to the objectives of the client and the other team members rely on me for it. I’ve never felt like what I’m doing is unimportant ‘intern’ work, everything has been a great opportunity to learn.

Where do you see yourself going in the industry?

Working at Peppercomm further solidified how much I enjoy doing research and strategy. Aside from PR projects, I got the cool opportunity to work with the measurement team on a marketing project for a big client here which allowed me to take a bunch of data and use it to tell a story as well as create strategic recommendations. I will most likely take a more marketing-heavy tract from here on out, but I wouldn’t trade my newly acquired PR brain for anything. I’m always a fan of learning different perspectives.

Pro-tip for future interns: don’t be afraid to talk to someone about any different interests you may have! I set up coffee with the Director of Marketing here, Alena Caras, simply just to hear about what she does and what marketing at an agency looks like. Less than a week later I was requested to help out with the marketing project. Use that voice!

Intern Lightning Round Questions:  

  • Netflix or Hulu?  Netflix but Hulu’s my go-to for my 90’s shows
  • Text or Call? Text
  • Coffee or Tea? Coffee
  • Dogs or Cats? I’m half and half on this. Having a cat that’s actually good will do that to you
  • NYC or San Francisco? NYC forever
  • Star Wars or Star Trek? Star Trek
  • Crunchy or smooth peanut butter? Smooth
  • Mac or PC? I’m definitely part of the Apple cult, so, Mac
  • Sweetened or Unsweetened Tea? Sweetened
  • Nickelodeon or Cartoon Network? Honestly, so so difficult – I have to say Nickelodeon on the basis that it gave me less nightmares (*cough cough* Courage the Cowardly Dog).
  • Chocolate or Vanilla? Vanilla
  • Seltzer or Water? Water
  • Cake or Pie? Funfetti cake
  • Tacos or Pizza? Pizza. “Time is money, money is power, power is pizza, pizza is knowledge.”
  • Hogwarts House? Slytherin (and proud)



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