At Neighborhoods.com, professional and personal growth are both highly valued. We believe in providing our employees with the resources and knowledge they need to succeed in their careers, especially when it comes to our interns.
Layne Gerbig, who joined the team as PR Intern in August 2017, is a prime example.
What led you to apply to the company?
After my last internship ended, I was searching for a position that would help me diversify my background and learn new skills. Neighborhoods.com had stellar reviews on Glassdoor and the website was very cute, so I applied!
What do you enjoy most about interning here?
The people I work with make this internship great. The whole Neighborhoods.com team has been incredibly welcoming and supportive.
What are some of your duties?
As a PR intern, I work to build relationships with different organizations. My job is to share Neighborhoods.com content with the organizations and communities we feature in our articles, in addition to finding new sites that would benefit from our content. Additionally, I have also written a few articles for our blog.
What is something new that you have learned since being here?
I’ve learned a lot about Chicago since I started here. As a recent Ohio transplant, I knew very little about the city before moving here. Now, I am familiar with the neighborhoods, can give you a decent restaurant recommendation, and have endured a shot of Malort.
How is this internship preparing you for your career?
I’ve learned a great deal about SEO and link building, which is incredibly useful for really any career anchored online. I’ve also become a better writer and communicator overall since starting here.
Favorite area/perk of the office?
I was a little skeptical at first, but I love the Bevi Smart Water Cooler.
What are your hobbies/interests outside of work?
In addition to public relations, I also work in radio. I produce 2 shows on WLPN-LP and intern at WFMT’s Studs Terkel Radio Archive. I also help teach a podcast workshop called Blok by Blok Chicago, where we teach local elementary students how to create their very own podcasts.
Any secret/unique skills?
I’m a very competitive Scrabble player.
What advice would you give to future interns?
Take advantage of your time here and master new skills — your coworkers and supervisors will be more than happy to teach you and help you reach your goals.