Meet the 2022 Ad Camp Interns

By Kyle Determan
  • 08.10.22
  • 3 Min Read

We present to you, the 2022 L&S Ad Camp Interns. This rag-tag team of marketing enthusiasts entered our doors in May, starting what I’m sure they now consider the best summer of their lives. But, since I can’t speak for all of them, we invited them to interview each other and find out how this internship has actually been. From coffee preferences to lessons learned, check out what our campers had to say.

Emily and Kjerstin with sunglasses on

FUTURE’S SO BRIGHT, GOTTA WEAR SHADES

 

EMILY BYE

 

WHAT COLLEGE DID/DO YOU GO TO AND WHAT WAS YOUR MAJOR?
I majored in Media & Journalism at the University of South Dakota. Go Yotes!

WHAT’S YOUR POSITION AT L&S?
Digital Intern.

DESCRIBE AD CAMP IN THREE WORDS.
Entertaining. Hardworking. AMAZING.

WHAT HAS SURPRISED YOU ABOUT THE L&S INTERNSHIP?
The independence and the trust that they have in you to get your work done and get it done well. Another thing that surprised me was how welcoming everyone is. Right from the get-go they make you feel like you’re an important part of the team.

HOT COFFEE OR ICED COFFEE?
Iced coffee in the spring and summer. Hot coffee in the fall and winter. Best of both worlds.

 

 

KJERSTIN ASPAAS

 

WHAT COLLEGE DID/DO YOU GO TO AND WHAT WAS YOUR MAJOR?
I majored in Graphic Design at South Dakota State University.

WHAT’S YOUR POSITION AT L&S?
Graphic Design Intern.

WHY DID YOU PICK L&S?
I knew that L&S would give me good real-life agency experience with the opportunity to work on real projects with a variety of clients, and that really excited me!

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR FAVORITE CLIENT/PROJECT TO WORK ON SO FAR?
The South Dakota Office of Highway Safety has been my favorite client. I get to create fun and unique social media posts; like turning Jim Reaper into Thor God of Love and Thunder — or photoshopping wildebeests and geese onto motorcycles.

WOULD YOU RATHER BATTLE A CAT-SIZED GORILLA OR A TIGER-SIZED BADGER?
I would rather fight a cat-sized gorilla because it’s basically an angry toddler.

Mallory and Shawn doing high kicks

HIGH KICKS & HIGH HOPES

 

MALLORY SPIVEY

 

WHAT COLLEGE DID/DO YOU GO TO AND WHAT WAS YOUR MAJOR?
I majored in Communications at the University of West Florida.

WHAT’S YOUR POSITION AT L&S?
Account Service Intern.

WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED AT AD CAMP THAT YOU DIDN’T EXPECT TO?
I didn’t expect to learn a little bit of everything. I thought I’d just come here and be in account service, but I’ve learned how broadcast works when we’re on shoots or seeing a designer work on a project start to finish.

WHAT SUPERPOWER WOULD HELP YOU MOST IN YOUR DISCIPLINE?
Mindreading would be interesting, that way I’d know everything my client wants and always understand exactly what they mean.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE CHILDHOOD CARTOON?
Phineas and Ferb. It’s so funny and has parts of it that are intelligent in a funny way.

 

 

SHAWN KUHNEL

 

WHAT COLLEGE DID/DO YOU GO TO AND WHAT WAS YOUR MAJOR?
I majored in Media & Journalism at the University of South Dakota.

WHAT’S YOUR POSITION AT L&S?
Broadcast and Copywriting Intern. A self-proclaimed “unstoppable force of nature” at L&S.

IF YOU HAD TO CHOOSE A DIFFERENT DISCIPLINE, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
I’d love to be a designer. I love what they do but can’t even begin to figure out how I would start. It seems so fun because you get to build things from nothing.

WHAT DO YOU HOPE TO TAKE AWAY FROM AD CAMP?
A job. But really, one thing I’ve noticed is I feel like I have imposter syndrome about the work that I do but working at L&S has shown me that this work is attainable for me. L&S has given me confidence in my work that I didn’t have before.

WOULD YOU RATHER HAVE A RIFF-OFF WITH SCOTT LAWRENCE OR A SKATE-OFF WITH MASON HORACEK?
I’d love to have a skate-off with Mason one day. I’m horrible at skateboarding but if I could learn from Mason, that would be awesome. Have you seen his Instagram?

Kendal and Emily in Hawaiian shirts

ALOHA, MY DUDES

 

KENDAL SCHREIER

 

WHAT COLLEGE DID/DO YOU GO TO AND WHAT WAS YOUR MAJOR?
I majored in Graphic Design at South Dakota State University.

WHAT’S YOUR POSITION AT L&S?
Graphic Design Intern.

WHAT IS THE BEST ADVICE YOU’VE RECEIVED FROM AN L&S EMPLOYEE?
Dan Dismounts has given me tips, tricks and hacks to everything regarding photoshop.

DESCRIBE THIS INTERNSHIP IN THREE WORDS.
Professional. Fun. Andddddd worthwhile.

HOW MANY TIMES HAVE YOU MADE THE FAMOUS L&S “AGENCY OVERHEARD”?
Three or four times… I’m losing count.

 

 

EMILY ERCK

 

WHAT COLLEGE DID/DO YOU GO TO AND WHAT WAS YOUR MAJOR?
I majored in Marketing & Public Relations at Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa.

WHAT’S YOUR POSITION AT L&S?
Digital Intern.

WHY DID YOU PICK L&S?
I had an internship here last summer and I learned a lot. This agency is a top agency and I really enjoy the people that I work with.

WHAT WOULD YOU TELL PEOPLE ABOUT AD CAMP?
Expect to be challenged. But, you will have a ton of fun during it and there are times it doesn’t feel like a job at all.

WHAT SUPERPOWER WOULD HELP YOU THE MOST IN YOUR DISCIPLINE?
Photographic memory.

Carrie and Erika dressed like frat boys

LAMBDA ALPHA SIGMA

 

CARRIE ABELING

 

WHAT COLLEGE DID/DO YOU GO TO AND WHAT WAS YOUR MAJOR?
I majored in Advertising at South Dakota State University.

WHAT’S YOUR POSITION AT L&S?
Media Intern.

WHAT HAS SURPRISED YOU ABOUT THE L&S INTERNSHIP?
I was surprised by the amount of responsibility and trust they gave me. I did not expect to be given so much freedom when it came to working on things. It has helped me grow and learn a lot.

IF YOU HAD TO CHOOSE A DIFFERENT DISCIPLINE, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
Account Service. I really enjoy the organizational side of things, building relationships with people, delegating and being able to see the big picture of things.

WHERE IS YOUR FAVORITE SPOT AT L&S TO WORK?
Picnic tables!

 

 

ERIKA BUTE

 

WHAT COLLEGE DID/DO YOU GO TO AND WHAT WAS YOUR MAJOR?
I majored in Marketing at Augustana University.

WHAT’S YOUR POSITION AT L&S?
Account Service Intern.

WHAT’S THE BEST ADVICE YOU’VE RECEIVED FROM AN L&S EMPLOYEE?
I overheard someone say, “We won’t let you fail — no one here will let you down.” It’s good to hear how uplifting the team is and to know they would support me no matter what.

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR FAVORITE CLIENT/PROJECT TO WORK ON SO FAR?
Adee Honey! They are fun people, it’s local, it’s so cute and the aesthetic is so nice.

HOT COFFEE OR ICED COFFEE?
Definitely iced coffee. It’s an obsession.

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