The Intern Spotlight: Hannah TibbettsBy
In today’s post, give a warm welcome to Peppercomm’s very first writing intern, Hannah Tibbetts.
Tell us about yourself—where did you/do you go to school, where are you from and what brought you to Peppercomm?
Hi I’m Hannah Tibbetts (Tibbs for short), and I’m one of Peppercomm’s Spring Interns! I graduated from Syracuse University a few years back with a degree in Political Science and a minor in Geography. My specialty was how to deal with massive snowfalls. I’m originally from Chicago, Illinois and I take great pride in my hometown, especially the Chicago Cubs (despite living in a White Sox household) and the important delicacy of deep dish pizza.
I initially enrolled into Syracuse University as a Film major for animation to go into character design. Then I moved to Political Science and did two television news internships during my junior year. But I still couldn’t quite figure out what my purpose was after graduation, and thus the existential crisis began. I took a job at your favorite coffee chain while working on a New York Islanders blog on DYSTNow.com to make ends meet. My only regret is I can’t show off my latte art skills at Peppercomm, which is a bit of a bummer.
There had been a lot of learning curves to get to where I am now, and I owe a lot to the people who helped me along the way. Since they won’t take my kidneys, the best way to pay them all back is to work as hard as I can.
Peppercomm’s internship came up on a LinkedIn search for me, and I immediately applied on a cold Chicago afternoon. A lot of my close friends in college were PR majors and it seemed like a lot of the same skills I’d learned as a newsroom intern would apply to working with Peppercomm. I thought I would give it a shot and see if I could potentially fit in PR. I never expected to be called let alone interviewed! The biggest relief I felt during the interview process was learning some of the writing team had a similar background in journalism, like me. When I was offered the position, I was scared to death to accept it at first because of my lack of PR skills. But, the Peppercomm team and other interns have made me feel right at home!
When you’re not hard at work at Peppercomm, what do you like to do?
Even though I’m incredibly easygoing, I don’t do idle well. I always need to be doing something in order to keep myself on track.
Because of my grandfather, I love baseball with my whole heart. With spring training just around the corner, I’ve been getting my Cubs hats ready for their New York debut. My mom, twin and I have a goal to visit every MLB ballpark in the US (I’ve got 11 down so far). I love to watch NHL, NWHL, NBA and Syracuse basketball as well. Another intern here at Peppercomm went to North Carolina, so there’s been a lot of gentle (or not so gentle) mocking from the pair of us.
I also enjoy hockey writing & analysis, gently mocking the Cubs and the Sacramento River Cats, kayaking, camping, reading, binge watching Star Wars for the 1977th time, watching terrifying movies at 3 AM, putting my dog in ridiculous hats and exploring my new home for the best cup of coffee New York can offer. Although, I’m still on the 12 step program to accept what New York calls pizza (To me it looks like pizza that got run over by a bus).
What area of the industry do you find the most appealing and why?
I initially thought my answer would be the Consumer branch due to my background in human geography, but I’ve found that Financial Service has been the most interesting (please don’t tell my dad, he’s still hoping I’ll do something in finance). By setting up and organizing a lot of the material on several financial services accounts, it had given me a crash course in whatever subject I need to write about and I enjoy that a lot more than I thought I would.
Any surprises or revelations about your role, the industry or Peppercomm?
As the first Writing intern at Peppercomm, I’ve been introduced into the world of PR while having the ability to hone in on my writing skills. I’ve explained it as a bit like wading into the pool and learning to swim. Every new skill builds on ones I already have and I’m given new ways to utilize those skills in order to float.
I can’t stress enough how amazing everyone at Peppercomm has been with teaching me the ropes of PR and making sure I understand what it is they need from me. They also loop me in with the other PR interns and their tasks, so I am introduced to more than just the stuff I have to write. It’s such an amazing introduction into PR and with their help, PR isn’t as terrifying as I thought it was. Surprise!
I never realized how extensive PR actually is. I knew about various campaigns and some of the work that went into PR, but most of the work and vocabulary is new to me. One big thing I learned about is the amount of accounts the people here at Peppercomm actually work on. It’s multitasking to the extreme and I’m in constant awe of everyone here and the amount of work and flexibility that goes into these accounts. To an outsider, it is absolutely unreal.
Where do you see yourself going in the industry?
I hope that I can continue building up the skills I’m learning here and begin to take on a more active role in whatever work I end up doing after this internship. I strive to work hard and be challenged with what I am doing. I have a feeling that PR has a lot more to teach me moving forward.
INTERN LIGHTNING ROUND
Netflix or Hulu? Netflix for my good TV habits and Hulu for Real Housewives of New Jersey. J
Text or Call? Text, although I’m awful at both.
Coffee or Tea? As a former barista, my moral obligation tells me coffee is my answer.
Library or Museum? Library, I was always that kid sneaking a book into classes.
Dogs or Cats? Dogs! I have a 16 year old Golden Retriever in Chicago and when my twin and I went to college, she became the Favorite Child™. She’s an absolute brat but she’s hilarious and my best friend.
NYC or San Francisco? NYC! Less hills.
Star Wars or Star Trek? Star Wars. I had a 5-foot cardboard cutout of Luke Skywalker when I was 6.
Crunchy or smooth peanut butter? I’m allergic to peanut butter so I’m voting Nutella.
Mac or PC? I use a Mac. I can’t believe how thin they are now, mine is about the thickness of a Cheez-It.
Sweetened or Unsweetened Tea?: Unsweetened is the way to go.
Nickelodeon or Cartoon Network? Disney.
The Simpsons or Family Guy? Bob’s Burgers.
Chocolate or Vanilla? Chocolate!
Seltzer or Water? Seltzer has become my life since working here.
Cake or Pie? Pie.
Tacos or Pizza? Deep dish pizza.
Hogwarts House: Gryffindor
So, that’s me. In as much as I can cram into one blog post, working at Peppercomm is such an experience. In my first two weeks, I was writing about cost allocation problems and then the next day my desk was overrun with Fruit Ninja Pigs. You never know what’s coming next. And I kind of like that.