The Intern Spotlight: Matthew MoellerBy
In today’s post, meet current Peppercomm NYC intern and future industry star, Matthew Moeller
Tell us about yourself—where did you/do you go to school, where are you from and what brought you to Peppercomm?
At 30-years-old, not only am I the oldest intern in Peppercomm’s history, I’m also older than Peppercomm itself.
A Milwaukee, Wisconsin native, I was faced with a question many Midwestern’s ask themselves… how the heck do I get out of the Midwest? That question was answered when an Army recruiter walked up one day and offered to take me to lunch.
I never saw myself in the military, but I certainly never saw myself turning down a free meal, so I accepted. Within 30 minutes of my Subway meatball sandwich, and several beers, I quit college and became an Army Public Affairs Specialist.
During my nine years, I traveled the world as a public relations representative, military journalist, war photographer and the Journalist of the Year a couple of times. Eventually, I became an instructor at the U.S. Army’s Noncommissioned Officer Academy, teaching strategic communication and media facilitation, making me technically a college professor with no college degree. That’s the Army for you.
Now a civilian, I’m finishing my last year of school at Fordham University, in New York City.
I chose Peppercomm because I wanted to do more than fetch coffee or stack CDs. I wanted to grow as a PR professional, and that is what Peppercomm not only wants for me, it expects it.
What area of the industry do you find the most appealing and why?
I find consumer and industrial PR most appealing. However, financial PR is by far the most rewarding. So much of it goes over my head that I have to work twice as hard to keep up.
Any surprises or revelations about your role, the industry or Peppercomm?
I was surprised by the pace of a PR agency. In many corporate PR positions and governmental PR positions, the speed is much slower, almost lumbering. Every decision must be approved, reapproved, redone because its now out of date, approved again and then…. well, you get the point. Peppercomm isn’t like that. It empowers its employees to act fast and make decisions that lead to results for the good of the client and the company.
Where do you see yourself going in the industry?
I see myself settling into a nice PR position in the near future. Even if it’s not with Peppercomm, this internship has definitely prepared me for my next step.