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Beyond The Sign

Hey!

My name is Jenna and I am working in the Studio Group department at redpepper and finishing my Senior year at Vanderbilt University. Studio group manages traffic, projects, and production. However, my experience for the past month and a half includes so much more than that. Now that I am at the halfway point of my internship with redpepper I want to share my expectations prior to the internship with you, and what in reality I am experiencing! 

First, I thought I was only going to working with my supervisor, Chrissy. Additionally, I believed I was just going to be filing and scanning (typical intern duties) before I gained her trust. However, I was wrong! I mentioned to her that I was very interested in fitness and nutrition and immediately she ensured that I was involved in projects that were related to one of our clients, Healthier Tennessee (HTN). In the first few days it was evident how much redpepper cares about their interns and their integration period. Not only have I helped with work for HTN, I have collaborated with interns on various projects, have helped with tasks like creating Keynote presentations and operating Mavenlink, and have observed meetings for numerous other clients! In addition to ensuring that interns are included in client work, redpepper employees make certain that interns feel involved in redpepper events like trivia, special speakers, and happy hours. It is clear that redpepper really wants each intern to learn about the company and also to meet each employee! 

Another aspect of my internship experience, which I didn’t know about prior to starting in August, is the culture here. I love how redpepper plays music while working, brings their adorable dogs to work, plays Ping-Pong as a work break, and cooks healthy snacks every afternoon in the café! In addition to intern integration, these aspects make redpepper such a unique and happy place to work. 

Although I’ve only been here for a month and a half so far, I truly am thankful for the experience redpepper has given me and am excited for what more I can learn. redpepper really wants to make sure that each employee and intern has the tools to #hustle and #grow. 

Jenna Rimland, Studio Group Intern, West Orange, New Jersey

 

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redpepper: it just makes sense

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redpepper: it just makes sense

As a recent college graduate, the past few months my mind has been overwhelmed with thoughts about occupations, finances, bills, and the overall abundant responsibility of being an “adult.” You strut out of college, degree in hand, feeling fresh and accomplished, and then reality comes crashing down on you, hard. Suddenly, societal norms compel you to find a respectable career whilst sustaining yourself completely (likely for the first time…) The worst part is, that a respectable career does not necessarily suggest an enjoyable career, and for some bogus reason, most people have willingly come to terms with that. 

This apparent notion blew my mind. I had friends taking mundane  desk jobs, selling their souls to a 6 by 6 cubicle and pretending to be excited about it— simply because it was a job. “Work is work,” “Well ya know, they don’t call it work for nothin’…” I whole-heartedly disagree. Work is your life. We’re talkin’ 9:00 to 5:00, five days a week. I was the strongest advocate of really enjoying those 40 hours that I knew of stepping out of school and that was frightening…until I found redpepper.

At redpepper, work is enjoyable. In fact, let’s rename “work” and call it “happy,” “good,” or “fun.” Productivity comes from enjoying what you do and believing in the way you accomplish it; the people at redpepper understand that. They work hard, and know that the desire to work diligently comes from a love of your environment and those around you. The office in and of itself facilitates positive energy and a strong work ethic. Everything is intentional and strategic, down to the wall surfaces of team rooms and the appropriate hours to play a calm Spotify playlist versus one with the latest trending pop songs. As a part of the on-boarding process, each employee and intern is made aware of his or her DiSC personality type immediately, bringing a deeper appreciation and efficiency to the manner in which each person “does his thing.” They care, a lot; and they think about everything. It is no surprise to me that redpepper is a wildly successful marketing agency in that regard. It just makes sense. It’s a unique selection of talented, brilliant individuals who like what they’re doing, who they’re with, and how they do it. They want to be here. Each individual’s personality fits his or her position and promotes business wide efficiency. Appropriate placement in an office like this reaps beautiful rewards; you can’t put a fish out of water and expect it to be happy. Those who work at redpepper are in their respective departments based on how they work on an internal level, which makes for a well-organized professional environment, and happy, fulfilled employees. Once again, it is so intentional. And from an intern’s perspective, I was able to soak that up in a duration of about two days. 

 

This uniquely brilliant business gives me newfound hope about adult life. You should absolutely like what you do, and not settle for the assumed lackluster path of so-called “success.” Rather find some place where you enjoy what you’re doing, where you are, and how you’re doing it. It promotes self-worth and gives you motivation to constantly improve yourself, something I am repeatedly reminded of as an intern at redpepper. I, for one, am just elated to have been able to experience such an environment. I undoubtedly will never forget it nor settle for less in the future. Kudos, redpepper, you have sold me. 

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Mia Dilworth, Studio Group Intern, Chattanooga, TN

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