Welcome Our Fall Intern: Erin
Where did you grow up?
I lived in Milwaukee, Wisconsin the majority of my life, but I moved to El Paso, Texas my junior year of high school. I’d like to think I’m a cross between a Wisconsinite and Texan!
What did you do in school?
I am currently a senior at the University of Texas at Austin and will be graduating this December with a Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations. Hook ‘em horns!
What jobs did you have before you became an intern at Social Distillery?
Prior to Social Distillery, I was a marketing intern for BuildASign, a large Austin e-commerce startup, for a year. I worked on affiliate, email and content marketing while I was interning there. I have also interned with news publications, a non-profit, and a public relations agency. I have also had my fair share of non-professional jobs such as cashiering at a grocery store and hosting at a wing bar.
What drew you to the social media industry?
As a Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat addict, I have realized just how important of a communication platform social media is. I don’t think there is a platform that is more efficient, creative, or unpredictable than social media! It’s a whirlwind industry where everything is always changing and businesses must adapt to stay competitive in their industry. I’m excited to see what social media will develop into in the years to come.
Are there any brands that you follow?
It’s going to be hard for me to pick only a few brands to talk about! On Instagram, I really enjoy seeing posts from Airbnb and National Geographic. These brands do a great job of telling stories, not only through their captivating photos from around the world, but with lengthy, well-written captions. I primarily use Twitter to keep up to date with breaking news but I particularly enjoy reading Mashable’s tweets because of their quirky content.
What hobbies do you have and do you think they make you better at your job?
In my free time, I like to read books (especially True Crime and Mysteries) or try out new restaurants. I think reading is a great way to develop your writing skills and challenge yourself mentally. I used to have a “weird food” blog a few years back where I would write about strange foods I had eaten at restaurants around town. I enjoyed it because I was able to try new things and step out of my comfort zone, which is something you should always do when you’re on the job!
What is your favorite place to eat in Austin, Texas?
This is another really difficult question, so I’m going to pick an obscure place I loved that many people probably haven’t tried. If you’re a fan of Greek food, I would recommend checking out Santorini Café on North Lamar! It is a small restaurant owned by the cutest Greek couple. Their gyros and baklava are to die for.
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