The Intern Spotlight: Samantha Derderian


Today we are going to get to know, Peppercomm intern Samantha Derderian!

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

Hallo! I’m Samantha. I originally hail from the Boston suburbs, where I grew up playing soccer in the fall, skiing in the winter, and performing in plays and musicals in the spring. I am a phenomenally well-rounded individual.

Moving on, I recently graduated from the tiny liberal arts school, Connecticut College. At Conn, I was a Film Major with and English and Psychology minor. I like to say that I created my own Communications major. This is not true, but I like to say it.

Though it would not be a lie to say that I stumbled upon Peppercomm. Searching for summer internships, I was tipped onto Peppercomm by a family friend. Enthralled after one visit to the company website, I hastily applied to the Summer 2016 Internship session—one month past the deadline. However, the team I spoke with was so kind and informative that I never forgot Peppercomm. And here I am, more than a year later.

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

When I am not at Peppercomm, I can be found in my apartment where my roommates are telling me to go outside. If I put Netflix away, I like to stroll around in my neighborhood. I recently moved to the upper east side and there are a surprising number of bars, restaurants and local shops that I have yet to discover. I also tend to travel on the weekends. Growing and going to school in the Northeast, I have a lot a friends in surrounding States and I am slowly visiting them all. However, all these extravagant plans entirely depend on my willingness to not be lazy.

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

I am working on a crisis account and I really enjoy the pace the account requires. With a fast pace, it feels like I am actively contributing to a company’s image. Furthermore, the account revolves around a social issue, so I have become quite embedded in the politics of a few small towns. I was almost a Government minor until I took a class that was basically “Intro to Law School” which stopped me in my tracks, so I actually enjoy the local political jargon. Because of my interest in politics coupled with the speed at which the account moves, I get a lot from the account.

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

Particularly at Peppercomm, I was surprised by how integrated we interns are. Everything from the job posting to past reviews explain how entrenched interns are in the work. I did not believe it until I was living it. We are very valued here, and who doesn’t like to be valued?

Another revelation I had a long time ago but I still think is worth wild to point out: PR is nothing like what Samantha does on Sex and the City.

Where do you see yourself going in the industry?

I could see myself going anywhere in the industry. I would be interested to try the in-house route, just to say that I have done it all. Personally, I think I am too young to claim I know where I want go in the industry. I’ll go where the industry takes me. I’m wise like that. I like to think.

Intern Lightning Round Questions:  

  • Netflix or Hulu?  Netflix.
  • Text or Call? Call.
  • Coffee or Tea? Iced Coffee.
  • Dogs or Cats? Cats—they just like me more.
  • NYC or San Francisco? NYC.
  • Star Wars or Star Trek? Star Wars.
  • Crunchy or smooth peanut butter? I literally find the taste and smell of peanut butter nauseating.
  • Mac or PC? Mac.
  • Sweetened or Unsweetened Tea? …Coffee.
  • Nickelodeon or Cartoon Network? Cartoon Network—Code Name Kids Next Door!
  • Chocolate or Vanilla? Vanilla.
  • Seltzer or Water? Water.
  • Cake or Pie? Cake.
  • Tacos or Pizza? Taco pizza—I have had it and am forever changed.
  • Hogwarts House? Hufflepuff, but Buzzfeed’s combo quiz says I’m a ~Huffledor~



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