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Welcome Sophie to Sprk'd!

by Christine Mortensen on June 28, 2013

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sophie_picPlease help me give a warm welcome to the other half of our Sprk’d dynamic duo of summer interns—Sophie Haggerty! I know I learned a lot when interning in college so I couldn’t be more excited to pay it forward and give Sophie as much real-world experience I possible can in a short summer.

So let’s take a moment to get to know her a little better, shall we?

First let's cover the basics...

Where do you go to school? What's your major and why did you choose this?

I attended the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA for my freshman year, and I’m attending Georgetown University in Washington, DC next year. I haven’t yet declared a major, but I plan to double major in Government and Political Economy and work toward a certificate from the business school in International Business.

You were abroad recently... tell us a little bit about your trip

Yeah! I went to visit my roommate/best friend Josi at her home in Berlin, Germany. I spent about three weeks exploring the city of Berlin by foot (with blisters as my proof). I saw just about every tourist hotspot in Berlin, along with its unique nightlife through the eyes of my friend and her high school classmates. My favorite place in Berlin is Schloss Sanssouci. Well, it’s not actually in Berlin, but in neighboring Potsdam. See pictures below, and you’ll understand why it’s my favorite spot!

When you're not busy being the rockstar intern that you are, what would we find you doing?

When I’m not interning, you can find me hanging out with my friends at Alterra cafes, swimming outside in the summer, watching HGTV, or shopping at TJMaxx.

What would you consider your "super power"?

My super power is nothing cool like invisibility or flight, but it’s helpful. I would consider it a strength of mine to understand people’s emotions by looking at them—and especially if they’re lying. This has come in handy more than a few times.

You've done a LOT of interning early in your college career.

What has driven you to intern so much? What have all of your varied experiences taught you?

Since seventh grade, my parents pushed me to work and differentiate myself from my peers. After a few teenage-type jobs, I stumbled upon an open marketing internship in the banking sector the summer after junior year of high school which I loved. This experience gave me the marketing chops to land other internships, and the rest is history :). Applying this type of social media powered mindset to varied industries really strengthened my understanding. The most important lesson I learned throughout it all was how to adjust to different work places and people. But I have a lot left to learn.

What are you looking forward to learning during your internship?

I’ve done quite a bit of social media posting for my for other internships, but the opportunity that I was most excited about with Sprk’d was the chance to create content myself. I had posted for other people, but mostly under close instruction on what to do. This time around, I’m excited to have the freedom to research and write about things that really interest me. I also anticipate learning more of the in-depth side of analytics and crafting a brand identity.

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