Meet the 2016 SpeakerBox Summer Interns

28 Jul Meet the 2016 SpeakerBox Summer Interns

This summer has been a busy one at SpeakerBox, so far! Luckily, we’ve had some help. For June and July, we have had four awesome interns in the office and we’ve been having a great time showing them the ropes when it comes to PR and taking advantage of their mad skills. Check out the following Q&A’s with Kendall Adams, Kiersten Cassidy, Cody Davidson and Jackson Salopek to learn more about their PR journeys and what’s next for each of them. And, thank you to all of them for their hard work over the past few months!


About Kendall Adams

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McLean, Virginia.

Q: Where are you attending college and what year are you?
I am a sophomore at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio.

Q: What is your major and what led you to choose it?
The official title of my major is Communication Studies (COMS). I chose COMS because I love interacting and working with others and appreciate that my classes allow me to do both! I’ve also developed a love for PR thanks to SpeakerBox!

Q: What is your favorite PR activity? Writing/Social/Media relations?
I love the teamwork that goes into great PR! I also love how dynamic of a career PR is, and that it involves thinking critically and creatively, as well as problem solving. Most importantly, it’s fun!

Q: What’s next? Where do you see yourself post-internship/next year/5
years down the road?
Next for me is getting through a packed sophomore year! I also hope to study abroad next semester. Long term, I’m looking forward to a few more summers of interning as well as experiencing all that my small college town has to offer!

Q: What do you do for fun/Why are you so cool?
I am a huge Washington Nationals fan, so one of my favorite things to do while home is to go to as many games as I can. My friends have labeled me the “baseball freak” so I love demonstrating my excessive knowledge of baseball at Nats Park.


About Kiersten Cassidy

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I grew up in Olney, MD.

Q: Where are you attending college and what year are you?
I will be a senior at the University of Maryland this upcoming school year.

Q: What is your major and what led you to choose it?
I’m a double major in Communications and Sociology. I originally
gravitated towards a degree in Communications because I realized there were many directions you could go with this degree and I was open to exploring. I wasn’t committed to developing a career in one specific industry when I started college. I chose Sociology as a secondary major because the analytical skills necessary for this degree can be interchangeable with those needed for Communications.

Q: What is your favorite PR activity? Writing/Social/Media relations?
I really enjoy media relations because that is where you see all of
your hard work transformed into pieces presented by the press. It’s a
rewarding feeling for yourself and for the organization you’re working
with when they are noticed in the media for all of their accomplishments.

Q: What’s next? Where do you see yourself post-internship/next year/5
years down the road?

After next year I’ll have graduated college and hopefully have job
opportunities pending. Although I’m not sure where that may be yet, I
plan on continuing to get as much experience as I can within the next
year. I was really lucky to receive an internship with SpeakerBox to
learn more about tech PR. I remember when I was interviewing here, it
was mentioned that usually, people don’t purposefully look to get
involved in tech PR, but once they do, they end up really enjoying
it. I hope that over the next 5 years I’ll unexpectedly find something
that works itself out like tech PR works for SpeakerBoxers.

Q: What do you do for fun/Why are you so cool?
Growing up, my family used to have a camper we would use to travel
all over the U.S. with some of our close friends. We don’t go
as much as we used to, but when we get the chance, it’s one of the
vacations I enjoy most. One of my favorite things to do recently isKiersten and Cody
get friends and family together and look for new restaurants to try. I love watching cooking shows, so lately I’ve been into trying food from different places.

About Cody Davidson

IMG_0654Q: What is your hometown?
I grew up on a 70-acre farm in Pilot Mountain, NC. Our claim to fame is that Andy Griffith mentions “Mt. Pilot” in The Andy Griffith Show, and we have a beautiful state park at the mountain itself.

Q: Where are you attending college and what year are you?
I just graduated from North Carolina State University at the beginning of May.


Q: What was your major and what led you to choose it?
I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications with a concentration in Public Relations. When I started college, I realized my love for writing. Originally, I was an English major, and wanted to teach high school English. I decided half way through school that I wanted to put my teaching aspirations on hold and learn a different skill set. I talked with my advisor and decided to switch my major to Communications/Public Relations. I knew that a career in PR would allow me to one day reach a large audience and have an impact on the world. Perhaps one day I will decide to teach, but for now I am enjoying the surprises that a career in PR brings each day.

Q: What is your favorite PR activity? Writing/Social/Media relations?
Copywriting is definitely my favorite PR activity. My original draw to public relations was actually my love for writing. Whether it is the challenge of drafting concise copy for a 140-character tweet, or finding inspiration for a blog post, each time the pen hits the paper (or in 2016, fingers hit keys), I grow as a writer, and a person.

Q: What’s next? Where do you see yourself post-internship/next year/5
years down the road?
I just moved here from North Carolina post graduation, and have quickly grown to love the DC/NoVA area. I would love to stay here in this culturally rich area long after my summer internship is over. Ideally, I would secure a job in an agency after this summer, where I could be a sponge and learn all that I can about the world of PR.

Q: What do you do for fun/Why are you so cool?
As anyone will tell you, I love hot yoga. I used to work at a hot yoga studio and I talk about it every single day. I also love the outdoors, as I grew up in the country. My most recent hobby has been wandering the streets of DC and discovering all that this beautiful city has to offer.

About Jackson Salopek

Q: What is your hometown?propic
My hometown is McLean, Virginia, so not very far at all.

Q: Where are you attending college and what year are you?
I go to Virginia Tech and am currently a rising sophomore.

Q: What was your major and what lead you to choose it?
My major is called Business IT, which is pretty much finance plus computer science. I always knew I wanted to do something in the Computer Science (CS)/Web development field, so when applying to colleges, I chose CS as my major, but at Virginia Tech, the application allowed for each applicant to apply for two majors. Everywhere but Virginia Tech, I applied as just a CS major, but at Tech, I applied for Computer Science and/or Business IT. I didn’t get into the engineering school at VT, but I got into the Pamplin College of Business. At first, I had no intention to go to VT, but then I went to a college visit where I learned more about CS and found that it wasn’t really the thing for me. BIT has a little bit less programming theory and more human interaction, which I started to favor a lot more. I ended up going to VT to try it out, and so far, it’s worked for me.

Q: What is your favorite part of design/graphic design?
My favorite part of web design/graphic design in general is called the proximity of design, which is how things are connected. It doesn’t necessarily mean physically connected, but all the elements have to be connected by a common theme. For instance, the FedEx logo has the hidden arrow, and so on. Things are always changing and getting more modern and sleek, so I can’t wait to see what the future holds there.

Q: What’s next? Where do you see yourself post-internship/next year/5
years down the road?
I’m not really sure. I’ve had an itching to go somewhere new for my career, like Sweden or, as cliché as it is, California. I know I want to study abroad, so Sweden might come first, but after the cold, I’d probably move to California for the heat again. I think I’ll still be doing graphic/web design and development, since it’s something I really enjoy.

Q: What do you do for fun/Why are you so cool?
Me? Cool? Good one. I like to spend a lot of time outside with my friends where we go hiking, swimming and just generally enjoy the outdoors. I listen to a lot of music, specifically rap, electronic, and occasionally oldies like Sinatra or Miles Davis.

Kate Nesbitt
knesbitt@speakerboxpr.com
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