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Meet Naomi Osuji: Our Newest NYC Intern

Hi everyone! My name is Naomi Osuji and I’m so glad to join the Ketner Group team as an intern.

I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in media studies with a specialization in radio and television production from Mercy College in 2016. I am currently obtaining my master’s degree at Pace University in arts and entertainment management, and I am expected to graduate in May 2023.

My work history

In terms of my career, when I graduated college, I initially saw myself being involved in entertainment or media, whether it be writing at a major publication or being involved with a television network. After college, I worked in retail and did some freelance writing.

In 2018, my friend recommended that I enter the public relations industry, and I took an interest in PR while researching the field. In 2021, I was able to secure two internships within six months, the first one at The Garnette Report, which specialized in music, fashion and entertainment news.

My path to PR

One of the reasons I got into PR is that I like making personal connections with other individuals. I always enjoy learning more about people, and I’m excited to use PR to build relationships with media.

When I discovered that Ketner Group was hiring an intern, I was excited by Ketner’s retail tech specialization. I’m looking forward to learning more about retail tech, as well as being able to work with a great team.

My favorite hobbies

I am a Jersey girl, born and raised. And I am the daughter of two Nigerian immigrants.

I love to read, and I’m always reading any form of articles, opinion pieces, books and more.

I also like to watch video essays on YouTube regarding different topics, particularly pertaining to black women, fashion, the music industry, and retail. I enjoy writing, and I am in the process of creating some content of my own.

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Meet Susan Nam: Our Newest Austin Intern

Hi! My name is Susan Nam and I have the privilege of being Ketner Group’s newest intern for the summer, based in Austin.

I’ll graduate from the University of Texas at Austin this summer with a degree in public relations as well as communication and leadership. Sounds like three majors, but thankfully it’s only two. 

A little about me

I’m a second generation Korean American born and raised in College Station, Texas. After living in Aggieland my whole life, I was ready to move somewhere new for college.

My time at UT Austin gave me two precious things: identity and community. Through meeting my tribe of friends in college, I’ve grown to cherish my Asian American heritage and forge my values with a group of people. It’s also been nice to struggle through post-grad life together with them.

When I’m not struggling with adulting, you can catch me drinking boba with friends, adding books to my TBR list, or curating my 19-hour Spotify playlist for the summer. 

Why I choose PR

I stumbled across the world of public relations while searching for a major that had a definitive career path and could provide me with technical skills to stand out.

PR not only meets those criteria, but it also combines relationship building with storytelling. As a self-proclaimed people person who loves creativity, PR is the ideal career field for me. 

Despite half of my college experience occurring during a global pandemic, I’ve had incredible opportunities to intern in a wide variety of places – a nonprofit, a grassroots organization, a tech company, and my own university to name a few.

Although I gained extensive experience in internal and external communications at these organizations, one experience I felt that I lacked was work in an agency setting. Enter Ketner Group!

Why I choose Ketner Group

Out of all the PR agencies I explored, Ketner Group stood out to me in that it emphasizes work life balance alongside serving its clients.

Agencies tend to be known for being all-encompassing work environments. As a new communications professional, I wanted to experience working at a place that balances spontaneity and hard work with respect and protection for employees’ personal lives. 

Ketner Group also serves a niche clientele, retail tech companies, which allows the agency to become experts for its clients.

I look forward to learning the ins and outs of the retail tech industry niche. Already I’m learning a lot from my coworkers who talk excitedly about all the cool aspects of retail tech! 

What I’m looking forward to

After working one week at Ketner, I feel encouraged by the work I’ve been trusted with and the support offered to me by Team Awesome.

While interning at an agency does feel a little intimidating, I look forward to challenging myself to grow in my PR skills and soaking up as much wisdom as I can while I’m here.