The Outlook Of an Intern – #1

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An interview with Becky Eisenman, one of Quinlan’s three new interns.

What school do you go to and what year are you?
I go to the State University of New York at Fredonia. I’ll be a senior this year.

What is your major and what made you pursue that path?
I’m majoring in Public Relations. I’ve always been passionate about writing and the way it let me express my thoughts and feelings.  Now that I’m older, that passion for writing and creativity has followed me and has opened so many doors. I’ve always enjoyed projects that let me use creativity, so when I knew the field of communications supplied you with room to be creative, I knew it was the right path for me.

How did you find out about Quinlan & Company?
Towards the end of the school year, I got an email from the college communication department internship advisor about an internship opportunity at a local advertising agency. As I got to the bottom of the email, I read over the name of the advertising agency a few times to try and remember where I had heard it before. After a few minutes, it finally clicked that my good friend and freshman year roommate, Sammi Jo Griffith, had mentioned her internship at Quinlan & Company to me a few weeks before. She spoke highly of the company and talked about how much she liked it there, so I decided to apply.

What department are you interning with and who is your boss?

Kelly Papke is my supervisor. I work in the copywriting/social media department.

Who is the scariest person in the office?
Looking around, I can’t put my finger on the scariest person in the office. If I had to choose, though, I’d say Kelly is probably the scariest.

On my first day, she jokingly mentioned something about joining an alliance and being part of a cult. Sometimes, she threatens to put me in the closet if I mess up (where the other bad interns are), and just today, she threatened to take a picture of me on a bad hair day.

In all seriousness though, everyone is very welcoming. On my first day I was able to walk around with Kelly and introduce myself to the “team.” Now, everyone’s friendly to me, which makes it a lot more comfortable.

What is your favorite part about interning here?
My favorite part of my experience at Quinlan & Company so far is the opportunity to share ideas and be creative with social media and coming up with suggestions for advertisements.

What’s the most important thing you’ve learned so far?
I learned how important it is to put 100% effort into everything you do, whether it’s a big project or a even a simple email. If you do things right the first time, it will save you a lot of work in the long run. It’s best to go the extra mile on assignments and be proud of your finished product. Plus, I really don’t want to be sent to that closet!

What do you hope to learn in the future while working at Quinlan?
I hope I’ll become more confident with sharing ideas that I have and to get better at editing and checking advertisements for mistakes. Also, I want to become more familiar with blogs and social media.

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