3 reasons why a redpepper internship is different

In the business world, the word “intern” sometimes has a negative connotation. Most people think of interns as a college students trying to position themselves for a post-grad job by doing anything and everything—from grabbing coffee to making copies. Regardless, most internships do not offer the experience that redpepper does. Here are three unique characteristics of a semester spent at redpepper:

Mistakes are okay

Nobody is perfect and mistakes happen, but making mistakes allows you to grow and learn. My design eye is almost non-existent. I have no idea what looks good and what does not look good. One of my responsibilities is help put together keynotes for the client. The final product always looks nothing like my original. While this is not a mistake in the traditional way, this story is to show that nobody is perfect. Your coworkers here are always ready to pick you up and help you with your shortcomings. Everyone has a talent, mine just doesn’t happen to be designing keynote decks. (But I am getting better everyday!)

Equality is a priority

Everyone here is treated equally, regardless of status. One of my favorite lines about equal treatment came from Nate Fleming, a strategist and a founder of redpepper. He came in wearing “all day everyday pants” which kind of look like sweatpants (they’re not). Upon his arrival I said “wow I envy you, I can’t wait until I’m a boss and can wear sweatpants to work” to which he replied “JP, I’m not the boss of anybody, everyone here is in charge of themselves, the minute we put me in charge of people we’re in trouble.” That has stuck with me so much, here is a man with 20+ years experience in the industry telling me to take charge of my own experience. As an intern you really are in charge of your own experience. You get out of it what you put into it.

Growth. Always.

A core value at redpepper that I believe connects to growth is “If we aren’t changing we’re dying.” Change is good, and embracing it is even better. The world is constantly changing or “growing” around you, so you might as well go with it. As part of a company wide 30 day challenge I learned that I had it in me to exercise everyday. I am also learning more about myself and what makes me a harder worker. The personal growth is astounding, and being surrounded by people who genuinely want the best for you and are such great influences does a lot for personal growth.  

Not once while I have been here have I felt like an “intern.” Nobody has made me feel like I am at the bottom of the totem pole like most other internships. All interns are welcomed into the redpepper family for the few short months we are here, which makes it a lot easier to be 660 miles away from home.

JP McLaughlin, Client Services intern