L&S Unscripted: Intern Edition

By Blair Gilkyson
  • 06.14.18
  • 7 Min Read

They survived and thrived at Meet and Greet, and now they’re calling L&S home for the next couple of months. Our 2018 interns will live and breathe our outthink, outdo mantra and fast-paced environment, contributing to internal projects, client projects and everything in between.

Who are these seven outstanding individuals? I’ll let them speak for themselves.

kenzie lee

Where are you from?
I was born and raised in Brookings, SD.

Where do you go to school? What is your major?
The University of South Dakota (my hometown’s rival!), Marketing

What is your position at L&S?
Media Intern. Fun Fact: I’m one of only two Gen Z’s in the building (Hi, Marta!).

What drew you to L&S (besides the amazing clients we get to work with)?
After creeping on the L&S website, I was drawn to the mission statement: outthink and outperform. I knew by simply reading those words that I wanted to be a part of the L&S crew.

What is your favorite L&S campaign or project?
My favorite project so far has been researching new out of home and digital media vehicles.

What podcast are you currently digging?
I have never listened to a podcast before… looking for recommendations now though.

I recently got a puppy and have reluctantly become an obsessed dog mom. Do you have any pets and can relate?
No, but I have a succulent.

If you were gifted a free airline ticket, where would you want to travel?
I would cash my ticket to the land of pasta and gelato – Italy.

When you hear, “We were on a break,” are you team Ross or Rachel?
I’m Team Rachel!

Team Pepsi or Coke?
Team Coke Zero only.

Was the dress blue and black or white and gold?
No question about it – blue and black.

Donuts or bagels?
I’m a donut gal. My guilty pleasure seems to be everyone’s least favorite donut: apple fritters. More for me!

Star Wars or Star Trek?
I have lost sleep not once, but twice from watching Star Wars. I’m obsessed.

Spotify or Apple Music?
Interesting fact: Spotify is my most used app on all devices.

jordan calef

Where are you from?
Cedar Rapids, IA

Where did you go to school? What was your major?
The University of Sioux Falls, Business Administration

What is your position at L&S?
Media Intern on Team Space

What drew you to L&S (besides the amazing clients we get to work with)?
The reputation that L&S has for being the best and the team atmosphere because of my background in sports.

What is your favorite L&S campaign or project?
It has been really fun getting to learn the BI program and analyzing data from current campaigns. It gives me a better understanding of our clients, the markets they place ads in and what tactics work for them.

Do you have any pets?
No but I would love to get a dog someday.

If you were gifted a free airline ticket, where would you want to travel?
Australia or Hawaii

When you hear, “We were on a break,” are you team Ross or Rachel?
One of the hardest questions for a Friends fan. I would say team Rachel. But we all knew they would end up together anyway.

 Team Pepsi or Coke?
Team Coke

Was the dress blue and black or white and gold?
Blue and black

Donuts or bagels?
Bagels

Star Wars or Star Trek?
Star Wars without a question

Spotify or Apple Music?
Spotify

Ben Gerig

Where are you from?
I’m from Colonia Tovar, a small town in Venezuela.

Where do you go to school? What is your major?
The University of South Dakota, Computer Science

What is your position at L&S?
Web Developer Intern

What drew you to L&S (besides the amazing clients we get to work with)?
The company’s culture and sense of achievement.

What is your favorite L&S campaign or project?
Definitely the Jim Reaper campaign for the SD Office of Highway Safety.

What podcast are you currently digging?
StarTalk Radio and Stuff You Should Know

Do you have any pets?
No 🙁 but I love dogs.

If you were gifted a free airline ticket, where would you want to travel?
I’d travel to Venezuela to see my family.

When you hear, “We were on a break,” are you team Ross or Rachel?
Team Ross

Team Pepsi or Coke?
Team Coke

Was the dress blue and black or white and gold?
White/gold

Donuts or bagels?
Donuts

Star Wars or Star Trek?
Star Wars for life

Spotify or Apple Music?
Spotify

Rachel Hinners

Where are you from?
West Des Moines, IA.

Where did you go to school? What was your major?
Iowa State University, Public Relations

What is your position at L&S?
Account Service Intern

What drew you to L&S (besides the amazing clients we get to work with)?
The “agency life”. I love the agency environment – fast-paced and competitive, but highly team oriented. And I was looking forward to an opportunity to be a part of a competitive and innovative agency that, in many ways, outperforms.

What is your favorite L&S campaign or project?
Honestly, the L&S rebrand.

What podcast are you currently digging?
Political Gabfest

Do you have any pets?
My fiancé and I have a Golden Doodle named Kevin after his favorite NBA player, Kevin Garnett.

If you were gifted a free airline ticket, where would you want to travel?
ROME

When you hear, “We were on a break,” are you team Ross or Rachel?
Rachel (plus, her name is pretty great)

Team Pepsi or Coke?
Team coffee – never soda

Was the dress blue and black or white and gold?
White and gold

Donuts or bagels?
Everything bagels with vegan veggie “cream cheese”

Star Wars or Star Trek?
Shamefully, I’ve never watched either of these.

Spotify or Apple Music?
Spotify 100%

Tom Bates

Where are you from?
Waverly, IA

Where do you go to school? What is your major?
South Dakota State University, Graphic Design

What is your position at L&S?
Design Intern

What drew you to L&S (besides the amazing clients we get to work with)?
The great internship program and, yes, the accounts L&S works with.

What is your favorite L&S campaign or project?
The Jim Reaper campaign for the SD Office of Highway Safety.

What podcast are you currently digging?
Any sport talk radio

Do you have any pets?
One horse, two mini-donkeys, a dog, some cats, and six chickens

If you were gifted a free airline ticket, where would you want to travel?
Canada

Team Pepsi or Coke?
Team Coke

Was the dress blue and black or white and gold?
Blue and black

Donuts or bagels?
Bagel breakfast sandwiches are bomb.

Star Wars or Star Trek?
I’m a hardcore Star Wars fan.

Spotify or Apple Music?
Spotify for days!

Matt Sebert

Where are you from?
Hartford, SD

Where do you go to school? What is your major?
South Dakota State University, Advertising

What is your position at L&S?
I am the copywriting intern on team Synergy.

What drew you to L&S (besides the amazing clients we get to work with)?
The competitive spirit and culture of winning. I also wanted an internship where I would work on real projects straight out of the gate.

What is your favorite L&S campaign or project?
I love the shock factor that comes with the Jim Reaper campaign.

What podcast are you currently digging?
I’ve been listening to A Very Fatal Murder, a satire on real crime stories by the Onion.

Do you have any pets?
No, unless you count the three plants in my work corner. They’re all named Steve. It’s my goal for the summer to make sure the Steves are still alive in August.

If you were gifted a free airline ticket, where would you want to travel?
Alaska or Australia. If it had to be a place that didn’t start with an “A” I would choose Rapid City because of all the fun, exciting attractions in the Black Hills (I’m getting the hang of this tourism team thing).

When you hear, “We were on a break,” are you team Ross or Rachel?
I’ve actually never seen Friends (gasp!).

Team Pepsi or Coke?
Team Coke 100%.

Was the dress blue and black or white and gold?
I’ve seen both, but I did some googling to answer this question (like an aspiring copywriter should) and saw white and gold.

Donuts or bagels?
Bagels. I don’t know what life would be like without everything bagels covered with cream cheese. It surely would be a hollow, meaningless existence.

Star Wars or Star Trek?
Star Wars all the way and if you disagree, feel free to give me a call and tell me why.

Spotify or Apple Music?
I dabble in both. Spotify when I’m on the computer and Apple Music on my phone. I don’t know why, but I like it.

Keaton Deiter

Where are you from?
I was born in Pierre, SD, but lived in Aberdeen for 19 years after that.

Where do you go to school? What is your major?
The University of South Dakota, Strategic Communications

What is your position at L&S?
Broadcast Intern

What drew you to L&S (besides the amazing clients we get to work with)?
I heard about L&S through my relatives and other people who had worked here in the past and was drawn to the amazing reputation L&S has.

What is your favorite L&S campaign or project?
Personally, I really like the SD tourism stuff. I think it’s really impressive.

What podcast are you currently digging?
I always listen to Pardon my Take so I can pretend like I know what’s going on in the sports world.

Do you have any pets?
Unfortunately, not at the moment.

If you were gifted a free airline ticket, where would you want to travel?
I would go to London.

When you hear, “We were on a break,” are you team Ross or Rachel?
Team Ross, but just because Rachel should’ve played the situation better.

Team Pepsi or Coke?
Team Coke. Pepsi is so bad.

Was the dress blue and black or white and gold?
Blue and black, obviously.

Donuts or bagels?
Bagels always.

Star Wars or Star Trek?
Star Wars for sure.

Spotify or Apple Music?
Apple Music is so much cleaner and easy to use so I prefer it, but I don’t pass judgement on the Spotify fans out there.