My name is Sarah and I have been interning at redpepper for about 2 weeks. My intern field is technically accounting, but I will never turn someone down if they need an extra hand (or want to show off their skills: I’d gladly learn about all the departments here). I’m not the strongest at writing, so I’d rather have Shia LaBeouf do it (no pun intended…just kidding, pun intended).
1. “You guys ever watch that video of the double rainbow?”
That’s what interning at redpepper is like.
2. “I turned down a scholarship to Yale. The problem with college is that there's a tendency to mistake preparation for productivity. You can prepare all you want, but if you never roll the dice you'll never be successful.”
I guess you would say I took a step into the unknown world of advertising. The only relevant advertising experience was binge watching Mad Men. I’m open to new adventures and well; this company exceeded my expectations of interning at an advertising company (not to mention there’s way less drama). I’m always surprised when a company takes a hands-on approach towards interns. redpepper doesn’t have anyone do ‘busy’ work like getting everyone coffee or sitting in a room like they want to forget about you. I feel like I’m actually doing substantial activities already (and know I’ll just be getting busier). I love their approach of making sure interns can leave with some experience and new knowledge in a friendly environment with people wanting to help you learn new skills. I always say college helps improve the basic knowledge, but interning improves your skillset with hands-on experience.
Side note: I did not turn down a scholarship to Yale to be here; I never applied because I didn’t want to break their hearts from rejecting them…
3. “I'm willing to do anything and everything. It's not good for my personal life. But neither is being bad. I'd rather be anything but bad.”
Lucky for me, my personal life wasn’t that happening to begin with. If anything it’s improved because so many inspiring people surround me.
4. “This is a dream. At first, it was just fun, and a great way to pay the rent, but I gradually realized that there's an art to this, and if I try, I can do it well.”
Having a double major in Music Business and Accounting, I first felt interning here was a random move in my life. However, I think the company itself is the main component to connect with when interning. This “chemistry” with the company helps motivate me to do the best I can do (not to mention rp makes careers in advertising and brandling development look like the best career ever!). They embody the same core values that I try to follow myself especially actively supporting personal growth and if we aren’t changing, were dying. I don’t have a “dream job” like most; rather I have “a job with my dream team (company).” rp definitely has a “dream team” status in my book.
5. “I have a hard time with free time.”
And what a great way to spend my ‘free time’ outside of school, being surrounded by creative, innovative and intelligent people!
6. “Everybody's got stories. I don't want to not have stories.”
I like to take opportunities when I come across them, and not rule out any future possibilities. I’m not much of a “techy” (surprising being from Silicon Valley…) but what a better place to dip my feet in and get a feel for things I’ve wanted to learn about.
7. “Some People Dream Of Success, While You’re Gonna Wake Up And Work Hard At It.”
Plus eat a free banana in the café.
I’m a vegetarian and I still can’t.
9. “Another one of those days where you think ‘sh**, I’ve done nothing today’”
Well, this one describes some pre-redpepper days. Now it’s more like “What do you mean it’s Sunday and I have nothing to do!?!”
10. “Copying isn't particularly creative work. Being inspired by someone else's idea to produce something new and different IS creative work.”
The collaboration between everyone is fantastic. It seems like whenever I go in, all the tables and chairs have moved into different positions. I’d think I was in an episode of The Twilight Zone if I interned anywhere else.
11. “Do It. Just Do It.”
And am I glad I did.
Sarah Raisian, San Jose, CA, Accounting Intern