The Intern Spotlight: Kayla Vieten


Today we are going to get to know Peppercomm intern Kayla Vieten!

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

I grew up in New Hampshire near to beautiful Lake Winnipesaukee. I have my boating license and back home I spend ALL of my free time swimming, boating, tubing and jet-skiing. Although I can water-ski, I am quite horrendous at it, so that’s a work in progress I suppose.

I am currently a Junior at Ithaca College, studying Integrated Marketing Communications with a minor in sports studies. I am spending this semester as a “study abroad” in NYC. I put in the quotations because Interning at Peppercomm is my focus this semester and I am taking barley enough credits to be considered a student. That being said I take an art in NYC class on Saturdays where we visit different museums and art installations. I will return to Ithaca for my senior year in the fall.

I found Peppercomm when looking for internships online. Upon further research, I found many references speaking highly of Peppercomm and the humorous atmosphere it provides. As important is it is to love what you do, I believe the people you work with make all the difference in how much you enjoy your job. To see that Peppercomm focuses on company culture and an engaging workplace environment was so enticing to me. After being here for over a month now, I am happy to report Peppercomm and exceeded those expectations

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

I am currently living in Brooklyn were there are an abundance of restaurants, bars and concerts. I’m not going to lie, the accessibility of delicious food has become a problem. My roommate and I has started doing adventure Friday food nights. We would try different restaurants you can only find in NYC and we have since had to replace them with Friday gym nights. As for NYC I like to walk around the city exploring and avoid being pooped on by pigeons.

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

I am most interested in Social media, marketing research and creative. Social media is intriguing because it is constantly changing, as trends developed and disintegrate. As for marketing research, I have been lucky enough to work on tasks that involve following consumer habits and media trends. Lastly I like anything involving creative, between campaign brainstorms to Photoshop, I’ll always take an opportunity to be original and creative.

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

I am pleasantly surprised by the encouraging and collaborative environment here at Peppercomm. Coming directly from a college, where group projects are rarely composed of motivated and efficient team members. Transitioning  to Peppercomm has been delightful, the teams here consist of those who have a passion and dedication for the work they are producing as well as a desire to help those around them. I believe this supportive environment has directly improved my quality of work.

Where do you see yourself going in the industry?

PR is an adaptive industry and a profession that can keep me challenged. As I am beginning my career I can’t imagine what direction I would take within the many facets of PR. At some point I’d like to incorporate my sports studies minor and maybe help with sporting event media coverage and preparation.

Intern Lightning Round Questions: 

  • Netflix or Hulu?  Hulu. Most shows on Netflix that I like, I’ve already seen.
  • Text or Call? Text.
  • Coffee or Tea? Tea.
  • Dogs or Cats? Dogs! My sister is allergic to cats so I haven’t met many cats.
  • NYC or San Francisco? NYC, I have never been to San Francisco but it looks beautiful.
  • Star Wars or Star Trek? Star Wars. I own a shirt of Chewbacca holding a skateboard. I got peer-pressured into buying it for twin day in high school.
  • Crunchy or smooth peanut butter? Smooth.
  • Mac or PC? MAC!
  • Sweetened or Unsweetened Tea? Sweetened, bring on the sugar.
  • Nickelodeon or Cartoon Network? Nickelodeon, although Scooby-Doo was an all-time favorite back in the day.
  • Chocolate or Vanilla? Vanilla, but chocolate is always a good option.
  • Seltzer or Water? Water.
  • Cake or Pie? Cake, specifically cupcakes.
  • Tacos or Pizza? Pizza, always pizza.
  • Hogwarts House? HufflePuff, I’ve never watched the movies or read the books, I have no idea if that is even accurate. My friend made me take online house sorting test in exchange for Ben and Jerrys. I think I got the better end of the deal.

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