Fall Intern Spotlight – Erin Gallagher

In today’s job market, having real-world experience is critical. That is one of the reasons RLF strives to hire new interns throughout the year, to help them see what life inside a vibrant agency is like. Interns also provide our team with new energy and fresh eyes, helping us to often see our work in new ways. Each of our interns has the opportunity to work in different disciplines on a variety of client accounts.

Meet our first fall intern Erin Gallagher.

“I am from Greenwich, Connecticut, but ventured down south for the warm weather! I am studying strategic communications and business administration at Elon University.”

How did you find RLF?

I knew that I wanted a fall internship because I thought it would be a great opportunity to gain experience in the field of communications. I went to Elon’s internship office and found RLF in the database. After doing some research, I thought that it looked like a great opportunity.

What is the best advice you have ever heard?

The importance of remembering someone’s name. When my dad used to drop me off at school, he would send me off with a lesson of the day and that was one that stuck. Not only is it a sign of respect, but it leaves them with a positive and lasting impression. A name is a person’s connection to their identity and makes them an individual. Any time I greet a classmate or acquaintance and call them by their name, you can tell by their facial expression that it made them feel good. Remembering someone’s name is personable and it makes them feel important.

Are you a morning or a night person? 

I am a morning person because that is when I am most productive. To me there is nothing worse than waking up at noon and feeling like my day has been wasted in bed.

Do you have a pet?

Yes, I have three rescues – Freddie, Teddy and Penny. My dogs are my world. If it weren’t for my fear of blood I’d be a veterinarian.

Do you have any other fears?

I wish I was more of a risk taker when it came to outdoor activities, but I am terrified of heights. Over the summer my friends went skydiving, but I was perfectly content taking photos from the tarmac.

If you had to live in another country, where would you live?

I think I’d choose London because I want to live and work in a fast-paced city, similar to New York. It is also nice that there is no language barrier.

What is your favoring thing to snack on? 

Hummus on anything.

If you could learn any skill, what would it be?

I’d love to be a great cook. I have learned some fantastic recipes from my mom, who is an awesome cook, but I tend to rotate the same 8-10 recipes. I think it would be really cool to have the ability to just whip something delicious up using whatever is in the pantry.

What is your dream job? 

Ideally, I’d love to work for a fashion lifestyle brand because that is what I am most passionate about, but I’d be happy to work anywhere as long as I feel like I am contributing to the team.

What is your favorite place you’ve been?

While studying abroad in Florence, I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to travel to some pretty incredible places. My favorite place that I traveled to was Copenhagen. It was such a neat city and the people were so nice! I hadn’t heard much about it before going, so I think that made it even more captivating.