Hello everyone! My name is Kara Kotecki and I am starting my first day at Howard, Merrell & Partners as the newest social media intern. I cannot fully express my excitement and readiness for spending my summer here. Who would have thought that a hobby could double as a job?
I am a rising senior at the University of North Carolina (go Tar Heels!) majoring in public relations in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. I have fallen in love with all things Chapel Hill, from Carolina basketball to the many hotspots on Franklin Street. I am excited, and admittedly a little apprehensive, about graduating in one short year. I know, however, that my time here at HM&P will prepare me for whatever it is that will follow in May of 2012.
I have become very interested in social media and the impact it has brought to businesses, brands and people across the world. It amazes me that the same platform on which I casually made a profile during my sophomore year in high school is now serving as a means for companies to grow, reach audiences and create lasting impressions. I think the thing I love most about social media is how personal it can be – it builds relationships that other mediums are not capable of reaching.
When I have spare time away from school and work, I like to enjoy the simple things in life. My roommates and I have recently invested in rocking chairs for our front porch; I love nothing more than spending sunny afternoons outside with a book in hand. I share my four brothers’ competitive nature and extreme passion for sports. Monday Night Football is spent cheering on our beloved Dallas Cowboys. If I’m not watching sports, you can find me hanging out with my two miniature dachshunds, taking long jogs through Chapel Hill, or watching the Real Housewives of New Jersey (a guilty pleasure, I must admit).
I know that my time here will serve as a great foundation to my future. I am anxious to broaden my skills and to get a little taste of the fast-paced environment of agency life. I look forward to sharing my experiences and random thoughts with all of you as I continue my internship with HM&P. In the mean time, find me on Twitter @kara_kotecki.
Kristen Liebers recently became the newest member of the Account Management team at Howard, Merrell & Partners. In her role as Account Coordinator, Liebers will provide support for multiple brands under the Georgia-Pacific Professional business, including the Dixie® line of products.
Prior to landing the account coordinator position, Liebers worked on The Daily Tar Heel marketing team at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and interned at McKinney in both Account Planning and Account Management. Liebers also gained some account service and public relations experience at Genesis Marketing Partners.
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