Intern Spotlight: Kayla Pointer
Name: Kayla Pointer
School: Indiana University, Bloomington
Graduation Year: 2012
Major: Gen. Studies
Minor(s): Sociology, Public Health & Human Development and Family Studies
Internship title: New Business Intern / Office Coordinator’s Assistant
Hobbies: Traveling, Reading, Yoga, Photography, Volunteering & Loving on animals
Duties at Hirons:
As a New Business Intern, I’m in charge of providing account support for prospective clients and the New Business Department in the day-to-day management of potential accounts. Responsibilities include: attending internal meetings, managing prospective client history, research and meeting reports, and knowing and understanding established communications objectives and producing materials consistent with those objectives.
Favorite part about interning at Hirons:
My favorite part about interning at Hirons is the atmosphere. I’ll never forget walking through the doors on the first day and feeling like I had just stepped into a building located on the West Coast. It not only has a modern and funky feel to it, but there’s also this easy-going vibe that permeates the building. It’s not that we don’t work hard (because trust me, we do), it’s just a very welcoming place to be. Maybe it’s the high-spirited people I work with, or maybe it’s all the kisses from our two lovable work dogs that hang out in the Creative Department.
What have you learned during your time at Hirons? How does this opportunity relate to your career goals?
I’ve learned that it’s not so much what you know, but who you know. Of course, being knowledgeable about what you do is very important, but in using your contacts and extending your network, you begin to find more opportunities for success. This opportunity absolutely relates to my career goals and in all sectors of work. Whether you’re in PR or Epidemiology, networking is an important skill to obtain.
Most difficult aspect of the job:
I’d say the most challenging aspect of this job was coming into it with little experience in PR. Fortunately, I was trained by some great staff members and have had the opportunity to meet some very important individuals in the industry. This internship has largely contributed to my ongoing pursuit of knowledge in these fields. I’m so glad I took the leap of faith when applying at Hirons, and I’m so glad they jumped with me!
Fun facts about Kayla:
- She’s participated in two cross-country bike trips with deCycles Bloomington.
- She knows WAY too many strange animal facts.
- She lived abroad in Mexico for two months.
- She has a serious obsession with ethnic foods.